If you want to focus on feeling better in your body but you don’t want to focus on weight loss...where should you start?
This can be a tricky question, especially if you have been a dieter in the past. Since you won’t be tracking calories, macros or following rigid “health rules” it is easy to feel like you are adrift.
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The reality is that you don’t need to follow those old routines in order to improve your health and well being! There are lots of different metrics when it comes to improving your relationship with yourself, your body, food, exercise and yes- even your definition of health.
The following simple steps are a great place to start! I’ve also included resources below to help you continue your journey.
...Remember- this is a process that will have many layers and can take time. Take a deep breath, recognize yourself for getting started and enjoy the ride!
Before we begin...What is Diet Culture? Diet Culture affirms the belief that smaller is better, you need to look a certain way to be healthy or fit, and that large bodies can’t be healthy or acceptable. Diet Culture also encourages the idea that dieting/deprivation/restriction/food rules is a valid way to lose weight. (Want to dig into this subject more? Check out my “Diet Data” page here)
Weight Watchers aka "WW" made headlines for their acquisition of Kurbo Health a weight-loss app for children. The truth is that intentional weight loss is ineffective for over 90% of dieters, and the earlier that kids start to diet the more likely they are to develop disordered eating behaviors.
I'm anti-diet for kids & adults so here are my 3 tips for what to do instead of putting your child on a diet.
Did you know...75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated! 💦
💧Dehydration = Fatigue. Midday energy drops aren’t just about blood sugar or under sleeping- they’re about water too. Drinking throughout the day (at meals too!) can help you stave off an afternoon energy drop.
💧Thirst = Sign of Dehydration. If you’re always waiting to drink until you’re thirsty you’re setting yourself up to be dehydrated. Try putting a glass in your bathroom and drinking as part of your ‘get ready’ routine. Adding fruit and getting a reusable water bottle can also kickstart healthier hydration habits.
💧Dehydration = Less Concentration. Even mild dehydration can negatively impact your cognitive function! Foggy memory, slower reflexes & lower threshold for irritability can all be caused by dehydration. Anxiety levels can also increase when you start to become dehydrated- so finding ways to drink more throughout the day is important for your physical and mental health!
💧Hydration = Daily Priority. Just because you drank 70-100 oz yesterday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink up today. The human body needs to be fueled consistently with water- that’s why humans will die within a day or two without it (we can survive much longer without food). Consistent hydration is key and your daily goal depends on your body weight & activity level.
Read on for my top tips to avoid dehydration!
About the Author
Lily lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband. She loves to lift heavy, watch vintage movies and cheer on her fellow warrior queens!