Holistic Health Radio #3: Body Positivity and Self Love Vs. Body Neutrality PLUS How To Deal With Bad Body Image Days
I was confronted with my rapidly changing body at two distinct times in my life. The first was during my recovery from an eating disorder where weight restoration was essential to improve my physical and mental wellbeing, and the second was only a few years ago when I was healing from hypothalamic amenorrhea.
Both times I went through this I struggled with trying to be super body positive and ‘love myself’ until I finally found body neutrality which allowed me to feel at peace within my body.
Now I’m at a place where I don’t think about my body a whole awful lot. I’m simply grateful I have a body that it allows me to think, breathe, move, believe and achieve whatever it is I set my mind to in a kind and compassionate way. Please know that you too can feel this way!
- What is body positivity? I define body positivity, discuss where it came from and how it’s wrapped up in the self-love movement
- My personal experience with attempting to ‘love myself’ by doing the mirror challenge
- Why self-love may or may not work for you
- How thin privilege plays in to the self-love movement and how to be mindful of this on social media
- What is body neutrality and why it is a better option for making peace with food, exercise and your body
- Plus my top tips for managing bad body image days (because they’re completely normal and we all have them!
In this episode I also tackle a listener question on why some foods (aka diet foods or protein baked goods) make you feel full, but not content, and leave you craving something. You can read the full question below and listen to my answer on the podcast!
“Hi Sarah, I’ve been following you on Instagram and love the message that you’re spreading. I’ve had a very strained relationship with exercise and with what I eat, but I’m slowly letting these things go. One thing I still struggle with is letting myself enjoy baked goods and sweet foods such as ice cream, biscuits and cakes. When I do allow myself to eat them I generally make a protein powder based treat from a fitness Instagram account.
Everyone raves about how much they love the taste and I do feel physically full after eating it, however I still find myself searching for something more to satisfy my sweet tooth. Why is this happening? I’m worried that if I allow myself to eat the real version of these foods that I’ll just want to keep eating more once I finish? Thanks in advance for your help!”
Hi future friends, I’m Sarah King, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and health coach.
Science, not trends is the foundation of my approach. By nourishing the body and mind with scientific facts we can build foundations for a life of realness, not just wellness.