It’s February and everywhere you go there are boxes of chocolates, huge teddy bears, and hearts all around. It’s the season of love! February isn’t only about Valentine's day and loving others it’s also about loving yourself! "Love Your Body Month" was created to celebrate and love all of the uniqueness among each and every one of us. I mean, how cool is it that we all have our own beautiful individual traits and not one body is the same? These 5 steps to loving your body are meant to empower you in embracing all your beauty.
1. Daily Love Affirmations
Each morning take a minute to look in the mirror and say the things you love most about yourself. Thank your body for being alive and energized to help you move and enjoy the day ahead.
2. Fuel With Energizing Foods
Want to feel focused and energized all day? A plant-based or plant-forward diet can do that! By eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, you are giving your body nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods to keep your blood sugar stable, energy levels consistent and belly satisfied. Eat when you're hungry and don't deprive yourself of a meal to feel healthy and balanced. Research shows that consuming a plant-based diet can help individuals maintain a healthy weight and eating balanced meals will sustain you throughout the day. Some energizing plant-based foods include blueberries, beans, greens, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, nuts and seeds, whole grains.
Here are examples of well-balanced plant-based snacks on the go.
Find an exercise, whether it's in a gym, a yoga studio or outside, that you enjoy. Join a yoga or dance class and feel your body move. Appreciate what it can do for you. Simply focusing on how your body feels to move, and not about how much weight you’re losing or how many calories you’re burning, can help to create a healthy mindset.
4. Rest When You're Tired
Your body is your temple and, to prevent a burnout, make sure you’re listening to it and resting when you feel tired. Rest helps you rejuvenate and is needed to keep you healthy overall. Sleep helps to reduce stress, improves brain function and moods. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Water, water and more water! Love your body by providing it with ample amounts of water throughout the day. Hydration is so important for health. Allowing ourselves to become dehydrated can cause many health issues including feeling lethargic, dizziness, confusion, and moodiness. A general rule of thumb is to divide your body weight in half and drink that much water in ounces each day. For example a 150 pound person would need at least 75 ounces of water a day. Check out these tips for staying hydrated.
How do you love and honor your body?
Hi! My name is Destiny Gresham and I am a student in Georgia State University's coordinated program for dietetics. I've always had a love for food. I started off in the field of culinary arts and quickly learned that I wanted to use food to help others. Food, nutrition and health go hand & hand and I aspire to make sure people understand the connection. I am excited to become a Registered Dietitian and to make positive impacts on others!