If you’re interested in learning about a weight-inclusive, Health At Every Size approach to your health and wellbeing, today I’m sharing some of my favorite quick resources to learn from! I’ve been digging into the literature behind HAES® for years, and still have so much to learn - as with anything, it’s a never-ending process. But in uncovering resources for myself, I’ve also found some quicker reads and videos that are helpful in getting a lot of information in a relatively short amount of time. Here’s some of the best!
In a season where diets are often veiled under shield of the "wellness" pretense, the idea of food as medicine is also in the spotlight - although it's been around for quite some time.
"Let food be thy medicine." -Hippocrates
Let's start with this quote. First of all, Hippocrates was probably misquoted. And second, it's okay to let food just be food.
And a third side note - even if Hippocrates said this, he lived in a time where bleeding was still considered a legitimate medical treatment. I'd take food over bloodletting any day, too.
I used to envision that there would be a point where I'd arrive with intuitive eating and body image. Like, one day I'd just wake up and love my body and food would always be easy. But I think that the goal is more continuous learning rather than arriving. We're all on a journey and I still have less-than-kind thoughts pop up about my body sometimes, but they're further apart, less loud, and I don't react as quickly or deeply to them. Depending on my mood/day, I can even react to them with humor. Here's three helpful practices for dealing with unkind body thoughts: