What I Wish I Would Have Learned When I Was Younger

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and share some words of wisdom with your younger self?

 

When I think of all the years I wasted hating my body, I wonder what my life would have been like had I not become crazy obsessed with “fixing” it. Growing up in a time when the dieting industry was on the rise, I’m not sure many people realized the long term emotional and physical harm of restrictive dieting.

 

If my future self could have guided me like a fairy godmother would I have listened? Most likely I would have blown her off just like most teenagers do. However, if I could have learned, here are some of the many things I wish I would have known earlier in life.

 

▪ If you find yourself hiding in your car or closet eating a box of cookies, then reach out to a friend, cry, scream, or write in your journal. No amount of food is ever going to solve your problems.

 

 

▪ Your weight fluctuates throughout the day for many reasons. Do not let the scale control your mood. The number on the scale does not reflect your value as a person.

 

 

▪ Stay away from all diet foods and drinks. They are full of chemicals and trigger more food cravings and weight gain.

 

 

▪ Don’t listen to the “you better eat everything on your plate because people are starving” mantra. Cleaning your plate does not help anyone. Donating your time, food, money and blood are excellent ways to share with others.

 

 

▪ Learn to cook. Preparing your own meals is a beautiful way to show your body some love.

 

 

▪ Nutella is not meant to be eaten by the spoonful.

 

 

▪ When you are at the beach or the pool, focus on how wonderful the sun and water feel on your body instead of dwelling on your tummy and cellulite.

 

 

▪ Say something nice to yourself when you look in the mirror.

 

 

▪ Tell your body you are grateful for her. If this is difficult focus on all the things your body does well such as breathe, digest your food, pump your blood, and keep you alive.

 

 

▪ Just say no to dieting. They don’t work. Ninety-five percent of people who lose weight through dieting gain it back.

 

 

Although it would had been wonderful to learn all of these things years ago, the great thing about life is it is never too late to learn. Life is our biggest classroom and there are always new lessons to be learned. We just need to be willing to let go of old thoughts, patterns, and habits that are keeping us stuck and miserable.

 

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