Last week was Healthy Weight Week, but we believe every day is a new opportunity to learn to love the body you have.
We spoke to Lisa Naylor, a Winnipeg-based eating-disorder-treatment counsellor and Dove self-esteem consultant, about embracing healthy habits — and learning to love the skin we’re in.
SHINE ON: “Healthy weight” and “ideal weight” are not always the same thing. How can we set realistic goals/expectations for ourselves when it comes to weight and body image?
NAYLOR: I prefer the term “healthy body” because people can be healthy at wide variety of weights, shapes and sizes. Realistic goals include making small incremental changes to improve health behaviours, if that feels important to the individual. I like to think of “adding in” rather than “taking away”… so adding in more fruits and vegetables, adding in more walking or a weekly yoga class, adding in more water. These kinds of goals are attainable and rarely lead to guilt or preoccupation with weight or body.
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