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6 Ways to Love Yourself Through Food

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6 Ways to Love Yourself Through Food

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the importance of self-love and how it relates to food, weight and health. I’ve talked about how you can’t flog, demean or hate your body into changing, whether it be to lose 10 pounds or heal from disease. But some readers have asked me “How do you learn to love yourself?” That’s a good question; most of us don’t know. The first place to begin is to just notice how you relate to your body’s physical needs in general.

Every time you deny your physical needs—you stay up just a little longer when you need to sleep, or work right through the flu, or “hold it” when you really have to pee–you send the message to your body that it’s not important. We do this all day long with food; we shovel down breakfast on the way to take our kids to school, or we rush through lunch so we can  get those last few emails sent, or we skip dinner because we’re dieting.  Then we expect the body to perform for us, like a dog doing tricks.

You must make yourself be a priority, if for no other reason than your desire to eat better and/or lose weight. Begin by recognizing that you are your first relationship. I’m not saying to ignore your child, neglect your friendships, or run roughshod over the needs of others. I’m saying to make yourself one of your friends, and treat yourself like a beloved child. Here are six ways to begin.

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Lisa Turner

Lisa Turner is a food writer, intuitive eating coach, and nutrition consultant in Boulder, Colorado. In her consulting practice Lisa combines her training and degrees in nutrition, mind-body practices and Food Psychology, to help clients explore both what to eat and why they eat. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, visit Lisa is also the developer of The Healthy Gourmet iPhone recipe app; for more information, visit


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10:44AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Thank you for these! I've always liked the idea of 'acting as if' since I read about Katharine Hepburn doing that very thing - it was in a SARK book, I think.

2:44AM PDT on Sep 13, 2010

I also agree with you that we can stay fit, healthy and attractive by eating proper food. I hope that other people will also understand the importance of food and eat it in a proper way. By making a good food habit we can be like we want.
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12:21PM PDT on Aug 17, 2010

I agree!

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1:50PM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

Very good article...thanks for all the tips!

10:08AM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

Great article! Like the tips, especially the one about treating yourself like you would a friend. Anything by Louise Hay is always welcome also :)

10:44PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Try to consider eating organic foods. This are the 8 Reasons to go organic hope this could help.

12:47PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

We must always remember to stop and take time to take care of ourselves.

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