Holistic Health Radio Episode 9: Healing Your Relationship with Exercise with Sabine McKenzie
- What exactly is Health At Every Size? What is means to be a HAES Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist
- How to know if someone is practicing from a true HAES model and how to pick up fake ones when scrolling through social media or googling to find a practitioner.
- Why is HAES an model of care important? How is it health promoting and what is the research behind it?
- Then we transition and talk about our own personal experiences with food and movement!
- Sabine dives into her relationship with food, movement and her body, how this changed with her eating disorder and what she did to change it
- We highlight helpful vs unhelpful messages, who to surround yourself with, and our top tips for anyone looking to heal their relationship with exercise
What started as a healthy lifestyle change during my first year of university, quickly spiralled into disordered restrictive and obsessive exercise behaviours. The more I got complimented on my appearance and my weight loss, the more I compared myself to others, the more inadequate I felt, and the more I continued to spiral.
Luckily I had amazing family support around me and it was their concern that eventually lead me to seeking help. At this point, I thought I was in recovery but my behaviours had simply been replaced with a binge/restrict cycle and diet mentality. I really struggled with my body image and was diagnosed with depression. It took almost failing a unit at university for me to seek help again.
I’ve been recovered for about 5 years now and feel that I have only recently completely healed my relationship with exercise. They were by far my most difficult thought patterns and beliefs to re-wire and unlearn. I have a positive body image which doesn’t mean I’m perfect! I still have some days where I feel crap, but now these negative thoughts don’t spiral and there’s no compulsion to change my behaviours or need to act on those thoughts.
Hi future friends, I’m Sarah King, a Health At Every Size (HAES) 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.