1. Do not starve yourself
– Starving your body is not loving it. Skipping meals and crash dieting isn’t healthy for you; physically or mentally. If you want to love your body, give it the energy it needs not only to survive but also to thrive. This means eating enough to support your lifestyle. If you are active then eat enough to support that activity. How much you need to eat will vary based on your body size, body type and activity level. More importantly, listen to your body. If you are constantly hungry, thinking about food or binge eating then you are probably not eating enough. Moderation is fine, but restriction is not healthy.
2. Choose higher quality food
– In general, go for the quality stuff. Focus on eating food in a more natural state. Avoid too much processed food or food with lots of additives. Keep it simple, keep it fresh and maybe buy from the local farmers market who raise quality food the old fashioned way. Try and aim for food with plenty of nutrients to support your body and mind. However, do not get too rigid. Enjoy a night out at a restaurant now and then without worrying about the exact ingredients.
3. Move your body in a way that brings you joy
– Exercise should never be torture or used as punishment to make up for eating the wrong food or too much food. Exercise is about feeling strong, healthy, vibrant and moving your body in a way you enjoy. Being active is healthy, but there is such a thing as over doing it, especially if you are exhausted or not eating well. Walking can sometimes be the most healing exercise until you give your body enough sleep and quality food to support more vigorous activity. Choose an activity that makes you feel positive about yourself and your body. This may be weight lifting, yoga, swimming or dancing; the choices are endless.
4. Get plenty of sleep
– Your body needs to rest to recover and rebuild. Most people feel best on at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. If you are regularly getting less than this, your body will suffer for it and will generally be a lot harder to work with. If you want to feel rested, energised and youthful; a good night’s sleep is a must. Prioritise sleep and also take naps if needed.