Today’s Body Image Series guest is Findley, coming to us from Australia! She is currently studying to become a dietitian and hopes to encourage others to eat intuitively. Welcome, Findley!
What are your thoughts on body image and body acceptance?
Body image is the way we perceive our body- it is not necessarily reality. In recent times talk about body image has had negative connotations associated to it, however, the more we talk and lead by example in positive ways the more we can change the way this topic is perceived.
Body acceptance means respecting our body for all it’s beauty and how grateful we are for its ability in enabling us to function. We no longer reluctantly tolerate our body, instead, the way we think about our body is far greater and with more delight. I think this is the key to the whole concept of body image- we need to accept ourselves, then we can embrace who we are for all our imperfections and differences. It is then we can be confident and happy. Acceptance is key.
What role has body image played in your life?
I grew up on the sunny beaches of Australia and I suppose every summer there was the expectation I would have a new bikini and a summer ready body to go with it. As a child I most definitely felt pressured to look a certain way and have a skinny body that I perceived was healthy. It was later that I realised healthy comes in many shapes and sizes. When I was a young girl social media was only just beginning so in a way I feel as though I ‘got lucky’ in terms of my minimal exposure to unrealistic expectations on social media sites, compared to what young girls experience today. I’ve heard young girls measuring their body and comparing it to a models measurement – I can’t say this is something I can relate to.
If you could write a note to your younger self, what would it say?
Understand that women online are generally photo shopped, not healthy and have unobtainable bodies. Healthy is so much more than appearance- it is holistic and encompasses many things in your life- positive relationships with friends, family, eating in a wholesome and non-restrictive way and whatever makes you feel good.
How do you encourage body acceptance or positivity amongst others?
Its simple- lead by example!
What type of body movement helps you feel most accepting and/or positive about your body and why?
Yoga! Yoga is not only about the physical movements, it encompasses spiritual and mental practises that are highly valuable to anyone! Yoga allows you to see your body for all its beauty and appreciate it in the way it provides movement, digestion and all its functional abilities. Learn to love your body- yoga teaches you self acceptance and self love.
What is your favorite body image quote?
With self-acceptance comes happiness.
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care?
Listen to your body and then do what it tells you to do! This is only something I am learning to do now, but life is too short and being healthy is so important.
Is there any additional information you would like to share?
If you are wanting to work on developing a positive body image, recognise that your body is beautiful in the way it provides life and nourishes every part of your being. Eat whole foods, but also treat yourself. Spend time in nature and take up a physical activity that you enjoy.
Thanks so much for taking part in the Body Image Series, Findley!
About Findley: Findley Pollock is currently studying to be a dietitan and enjoys writing and speaking about all things health! In her spare time she enjoys finding cheap vegetables and exploring new places. Connect with her on her blog, Instagram, and Twitter.