.Three ways to love the skin you are in
Hi from Sophie Scott.
One of the best things about taking time out to go to the hairdresser is the chance to zone out and read trashy women's magazines.
You know the ones that are full of stories about celebrities with the source being a "close friend" of the star.
But those mags are also full of airbrushed pictures of women, which bear little resemblance to how those women look in real life.
In so many ways, those images of perfect women reinforce an unattainable ideal for the average woman, juggling kids, relationships and a career.
The reality is that so many of us struggle to accept the body shape we have, constantly dieting and feeling down about how we look.
Think for a minute. Imagine if you spoke to your best friend the way you speak to yourself about the way you look.
What particularly concerns me is that those perfected 'unreal' images are no longer just in magazines.
With Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, from the minute you wake up and check your devices, you are inundated with photos and visual reminders of what we think we should look like.
When you contrast those airbrushed images of women with your own face and body staring back at you in the mirror, is it any wonder that some of us feel inadequate?
It's not just about physical image either.
Choosing to eat a super healthy diet has become a badge of honour.
I know first hand.
I usually eat lunch at my desk or on the road. (The glamorous life of a TV reporter!)
What I usually have for lunch is roasted vegetables, some lean protein, greens and a grain like brown rice.
So often people will say 'wow, you are so good eating like that."
But I don't eat like that to be 'good'.
Far from it. I just lucky I suppose that healthy options are what I really enjoy and what I would choose whether it's healthy or not.
There's no intrinsically good or bad foods.
(Though it's hard to find any upsides in eating foods like a deep fried Mars bar!)
So before you start that crash diet to fit into a summer bikini, think about these ways to love the skin you are in.
*See yourself as more than the number on the scales
What you weigh is not a reflection of the person you are on the inside.
Don't judge yourself or let anyone else judge you for your size.
*Eating a good diet doesn't make you a good person
As I said there are no good or bad foods. Yes, clearly some foods have many more nutrients, vitamins, minerals and health benefits than others. But it doesn't make you a better person for eating them.
*Don't judge a book by its cover. Listen to the people around you and whether they are commenting on people's body shapes and sizes. It subconsciously reinforces the moral judgement that overweight is bad and thin is good, something which isn't true.
Be your own health advocate. Eat well because you love nourishing food.
Move your body for the way it makes you feel, not to hit a number on the scales.
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