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THE MINDFUL BODY BLOG

Welcome to the blog!

Reading about bingeing, diet mentality, body acceptance and learning from those who have overcome the struggle before, has turned out to be a very important part of my own healing journey.

It’s time for me to give back by supporting someone else in their journey.

I do that with my 1:1 coaching. But I also love to regularly write on this blog to offer tips, practices and other resources.

My main wish is that each blog article will inspire you to:

  • Sit with your emotions using self-compassion.
  • Develop kindness for yourself and your body.
  • Let go of the diet mentality.
  • See food as a friend, not an enemy.
 Enjoy the reading!
Three things that help you feel comfortable in your body

Three things that help you feel comfortable in your body

There’s power in the thoughts we have and the words we use.
In the same way that we respond to loving, caring words, our body also responds to kindness.
It’s important to notice your body narratives, the stories you tell yourself about your body, and the words you use to describe it. These narratives often originate in the childhood/teenage and are internalised as you grow and develop (your body critic).

How I help women who binge and overeat

How I help women who binge and overeat

I like helping women to safely and compassionately dive and explore the submerged, often unclear reasons for having a difficult relationship with food.

I always strive to help them find the connection between the two worlds, the submerged and the emerged one, so we can bring back the beauty they keep hidden underwater (which, mind you, is not just the external one).

Diet Culture: what does it look like in real life?

Diet Culture: what does it look like in real life?

Diet culture is a societal system of beliefs, messages, and behaviours that places value on a person’s weight and appearance, rather that well-being, which unfortunately, has become common and normalized.
It reifies thinness, equating it with health and moral virtue, while demonising some foods and elevating others

Choose food from a place of abundance not scarcity

Choose food from a place of abundance not scarcity

Imagine yourself having many options, knowing there’s abundance of food choices and no food you must exclude, apart from the one you genuinely don’t like.
If you’ve been on diets most of your life, you know what I’m talking about. When on a diet, you normally tend to narrow your options instead of broadening them.
If you knew you have many options, would you want to try more of them instead of limiting your choice? The answer is probably yes.

Put the kettle on. I’m going to tell you a Christmas story.

Put the kettle on. I’m going to tell you a Christmas story.

It’s Christmas, I’m 26, and as it happened for many years, I am sitting at the table with family and friends for the Christmas lunch.
I can’t stop munching and picking food from one side to the other of the table. While I eat, I observe the orderly and composed way in which the others sitting at the table are eating. The way they chat cheerfully between each course and bite. Instead, I do nothing but eat.

If only you could lose weight, you’d be…

If only you could lose weight, you’d be…

“You’ve got the most beautiful face I’ve ever seen. If only you could lose weight, you’d be perfect.You’re wasted like this!”

I still remember that comment from one of my ex boyfriends like it was yesterday. It felt like an arrow landing right in the middle of my chest to break my heart in a million pieces.

I want to share something it took me a long time to learn, but that helped me immensely to get me where I am today.

What if you weight doesn’t define your worth?

What if you weight doesn’t define your worth?

Ever felt you are not worthy of love, friendship, a career achievement because of your weight or your body shape?
As a teenager, I’d be often called various names for being overweight. I wanted to be invisible and slowly developed the belief that I could only be worth of attention, love and self-expression if and when I was able to lose weight and change my body shape.

A mindful eating practice (5 min)

A mindful eating practice (5 min)

Last night it was baking time and I created this beauty – Pear and Dark chocolate cake.
I used the cake to experiment with a classic, basic mindful eating exercise that I’m sharing here with you.
By making mindful eating part of your life and practicing it regularly, you can improve your relationship with food and body.

Taking care of mind and body (Video practice)

Taking care of mind and body (Video practice)

Taking care of our mind and body doesn’t mean being selfish.

It’s an act of self-love which can only improve our lives and the relationships with others.

I created this video-practice to help you reflect on your self-care needs and the steps you can take to start including them in your daily life.

Welcome! Let me introduce myself.

Welcome! Let me introduce myself.

Break the infinite ‘diet’ cycle (YoYo dieting with no long-lasting results)

Add more mindfulness to your meals and savor your food greatly so that you don’t feel the urge to overeat

Ditch the perfectionist mindset and appreciate every little step towards a more balanced relationship with food and your body.

Thanks so much for accommodating me, it was really helpful and enlightening. Overall, I have gained a sense of appreciation for myself and my efforts. That I have been doing well after all and have self-awareness. Thanks for showing me that.

After that, I bought a couple ice cream sandwiches yesterday and this time, I felt excitement and fondness instead of guilt. The ice cream sandwiches remind me of my younger days and my younger brother. Surely, I will enjoy it when I eat them at some point.

I also got myself a bunch of flowers to set near my lunch table because as you said, it is about making an experience out of it.

The part where you said that I should allow myself to fully enjoy really resonated to me and have been applying it to my life when I can.

Will do my best to keep it up.

Thanks for the notes and recipes too!

M.U. - United Kingdom

I guess I never really stopped and reflected before this.

Reflect on how my lack of confidence in many different situations is pushing me to just lose control over what I'm eating.

Surely, one thing that will stay with me is the iceberg.

That image you explained to me. It has helped realise there's so much going on for me. Neither me nor others can see it! At least until now.

Thank you Dona. It was very useful!

Anne - Ireland

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