• AR

Dear Body, I love you

Anyone who is following my Instagram, learnt today that I did suffer from an eating disorder when I was a teenager. I had already scheduled to post this blog today but after having a mental relapse last night, I felt it is a part of my purpose to share my journey by helping educate and inspire others.


I also realised last night that eating disorders are something that don't go away over night and I am not really sure if it will ever completely disappear from my life.



I have made a very conscious effort to educate myself on the values of food and to learn how to nourish my body properly. I didn't intend on sharing my struggles, however, here I am opening myself up to my audience to offer education, support and comfort in being able to relate to other women who have experienced the same.


Moving on, as a part of my 'Move You Body' content segment in my monthly mindset layouts, I took to my Instagram to vote on some questions around weight loss from qualified dietitians.


I was able to reach out to Aidan Muir and Rachael Barsoum with your questions, unfortunately I did not allow enough time for them both to respond by the 1st of September, in time for the layout, however now having both of their answers I wanted to share them with you and what better timing than when my own body issues have resurfaced.



I decided to ask these two specifically, because I feel like they both have an unbiased opinion on what 'health' should be as far as trending diets and have a wide range of suggestions on 'everyday' eating.


When we are generally trying to eat for a weight loss goal what are the 3 things we should be looking for on labels?


"- Look at how many serves are in the packet. Sometimes you might purchase a product that looks like it would be for one person but often it will contain more than one serve. It is fine to eat more than one serve; it will just depend on what your goals are.

- Be wary of the claims on the front. For example, if a product says that it is ‘low fat’ or ‘low sugar’, compare it to the original full fat/full sugar product per 100g by looking at the nutrition panel. Sometimes the differences are very small, and you can choose whichever you prefer.

- Look at the energy on the nutrition panel and choose what will work best to suit your plan. Remember to compare products per 100g, not per serve. Products that are high in protein and/or fibre are usually more satiating foods and would be a good idea to include in your daily diet (i.e. lean meats, fruit, vegetables, wholegrain's)"- Rachael


"When looking for weight loss, I'd recommend looking at protein, fats and carbs. These make up your calories. So by looking at this you get the context of what the food is made up of, in addition to also getting an estimate of how many calories are in the food (without even needing to actually look at that part of the label. And if weight-loss is the goal, then some form of awareness of the calories in food can be helpful." - Aidan


As far as weight loss and maintaining hydration; is there a difference in soda water and just water?


"Nutritionally there is no difference between soda water and plain water. There is some potential for carbonated drinks to be more satiating however that is more anecdotal, not based on concrete research." - Rachael


"From my perspective, soda water and regular water are pretty much the same from a nutrition perspective. You could potentially argue that the bubbles make the soda water feel slightly more filling, which could reduce calorie intake, but I think the difference is pretty insignificant." - Aidan


If there was 1 thing you could say to your younger self to encourage this confident relationship with food that you have now, what would it be?


"I would tell myself not to get too caught up on the small things. Rather than labelling food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, think about what is going to be more nutritious and make you feel good. That being said, there is nothing wrong with eating foods that might not be as nutritious if you enjoy them." - Rachael


"The biggest thing I would do is highlight the order of nutrition priorities in a way that looks like:

Calories > Macros > Micronutrients >

Meal Timing and Frequency > Supplements.

This would have been super helpful for me when I was younger. I wouldn’t necessarily use the word "orthorexia" but I was very much a "clean eater" to the point that I would avoid "unhealthy food" even when that decision could be detrimental e.g. particularly on days where my total calorie intake was too low for the level of activity I was undertaking. Understanding the concepts of flexible dieting greatly improved my relationship with food." - Aidan



My intention is for you to want to learn how to feed yourselves in a way that fuels your body and not shames it. Everyday I work towards being the best version of myself and this includes reminding myself to eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full, not stuffed.




We are in complete control of what we consume and I am not talking just about what we eat but also in the information we use to educate ourselves. You are in control of the pages you are following on social media and have the power to read content on food AND body image that empowers you to eat what you want.



I also want to remind you that you are never alone in feeling guilty or upset about what you are eating and if you are struggling, I encourage you to reach out to your support networks and lean on those around. I am always open to supporting and relating to you so please do not isolate yourself and reach out if you need to share a heaviness that is weighing you down.



I promise that everyday is a new day.


All we can do is try, so we have to try everyday


xx


AR


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