From the inspiring stories I’ve read so far from all women in Raw Beauty Talks, what has captivated me most is that many of us (and maybe without realizing) define beauty as a feeling within versus an external perception. It seems that certain experiences in life instill a feeling of beauty like a moment of accomplishment or achievement, feeling confident, being in love, or laughing out loud. Although we cannot deny that beauty is recognized externally, when asked the question – “when we feel most beautiful?”, many of us look to a much deeper experience.
I am a Registered Dietitian in Vancouver and I work with clients to help change their relationship with food. For many of my clients, weight loss is a goal and often they reflect that they are unhappy with their appearance, some even saying that they don’t feel beautiful.
Eating healthy means learning how to properly nourish your body and develop a more positive relationship with food. This doesn’t mean cutting out food groups, giving up wine, or your love of eating out, it means learning how to include these indulgences regularly, just within the context of balance. In the process of adopting a healthier diet, people experience a multitude of physical and emotional changes. Altering negative eating habits and making healthier food and lifestyle choices takes motivation, guidance, practice, support, and diligence. When you stay the course, the impact is far-reaching. You feel healthy, empowered, strong, and have more energy to tackle your day. Witnessing the transformation that occurs in clients is inspiring. Obviously there are physical changes, but the most compelling changes are those that occur within. Clients radiate greater self-worth, confidence, and even reflect on strengthened relationships and improved performance at work. I think it is for these reasons, rather than any number on the scale, that beauty is felt within…. Nothing feels better than healthy feels.
In the spirit of striving for a healthier you, I am going to leave you with an important consideration that could ultimately change your relationship with food for the better:
Shut out the noise (fad diets, diet books, the latest diet trends, etc.) and invest in finding your own healthy diet so that you can make it a lifestyle. Diet is not a one size fits all. The multi-billion dollar diet industry continues to fail us because what works for one person, is not necessarily going to work for you. To get you started, I have compiled some credible and insightful resources to help you along in your own quest for healthy eating. If you are looking for more guidance and support, consider speaking with a consulting dietitian. They will discuss everything that is unique to you (your lifestyle demands, food budget, where you grocery shop, if you eat out, food preferences, interest or lack thereof in cooking, etc) and collaboratively develop an eating plan that fits you and that works towards meeting your nutrition goals.
Below are some additional resources to help you find beauty in every bite.
HealthCastle.com – Advice on a variety of nutrition topics exclusively from Registered Dietitians.
Nutrition Blog Network – The Nutrition Blog Network is a collection of blogs written by Registered Dietitians. It’s a site you can turn to for trusted advice from nutrition experts. Use the ‘nutrition blog directory’ to refine your search for blogs related to the area of nutrition you want to learn more about.
If you have any questions, you can contact Christine Shaddick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Shaddick is a Registered Dietitian in Vancouver. She works as a consultant with Spectrum Nutrition where she helps clients for a number of nutrition-related concerns. Christine is committed to helping people change the way they think and feel about food so that healthy eating can become sustainable and enjoyable part of their life.