My Body, Myself 

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How to Create a Body Confident School Environment

Creating a body confident environment in schools has never been more challenging.  The uptick in students' visual social media -- like Instagram and Snapchat -- has created an environment where 75% of adolescent girls and 50% of adolescent boys consider their body image to be a major concern in their lives. 

Adolescents' body image concerns affect their mental health and self-care objectives. They factor into their school performance as well as their ability to achieve potential in other areas of their lives. 

This presentation discusses where body image issues arise for adolescents and how to address them in the schools. We'll talk about how to engage parents as discussion partners.  

At the end of the talk, I introduce an evidence-based, Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) compliant Body Image Curriculum that can be taught in middle school and high school. 

 

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7 Things Parents can do to Raise Kids with Body Confidence

We live in an appearance-obsessed culture. Adolescents consistently list their body image as the #1 concern in their lives. We know the distraction of time wasted worrying about our bodies. As parents, we’d rather they focus on what matters more.

The discussion explores 7 tried-and-true methods of how you can help your sons and daughters with how they think and feel about their bodies. We start by examining our own home enviornment. What words do we use in our homes and what do they convey to our children?  Then we look at ourselves. How much are we a product of a culture that been increasing appearance concerns during our lives? Then we examine how we teach our kids to eat and how we teach them to manage their emotions.  

We explore how to nurture our kids' self-compassion and their intution. And finally, we talk about how to help them find their own voices and develop their own interests. Then they don't have to define themselves by how they look to others so much.  

 

Daughterwithborder7 Things Parents can do to Raise Daughters with Body Confidence

In 2018 it is projected that 1 out of every 8 women will be diagnosed with an eating disorder in her lifetime. That statistic is staggering; practically no women had eating disorders 50 years ago. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses around body image and eating that begin with body dissatisfaction.

We live in a time and place that is brutal on the body confidence of women. Six of every 8 women live with body dissatisfaction caused by our diet culture's obsession with being thin at all costs. Disliking your own body is normal in today's world.  But it's not okay.

What can we do to help our daughters navigate their way through our Kardashian Culture?  This discussion offers concrete steps for parents to help their daughters learn to appreciate their bodies and themselves. 

 

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Diets Don’t Work: Learn to Eat Intuitively

Everyone knows that diets don’t work. We've been trying to manage and control our weight by restricting food for decades. Diets and dieting are not cool today.  What do we do instead?  Today's wisdom asks us to listen to our bodies instead of trying to manage or control them. This practice is called intuitive eating.  Based on the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, we explore how to rewire your brain to eat what you want, when you want, by listening to your body signals, not by focusing on someone else's idea of what you should eat.  By unpacking the way you think about eating, we make 5 small-but-mitey mental shifts in your "eating GPS" and move on to bigger and better things in your life than counting calories, carbs or points.  

 

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How to have Body Confidence in Kardashian Culture

This crazy world we live in is obsessed with women’s bodies.  This shows up in an individual woman or girl in the way she feels about her own body, her body image.  What happened to our generation? How is it going for our daughters?  Why are the stakes so high for our bodies and appearance and what can be done about it for all women of all ages in the culture?  We discuss how to cultivate body confidence by exploring what that would mean specifically for you. 

 

  

Workshops on Body Confidence and Intuitive Eating

This Workshop discusses how our body and food obsessed culture has affected your ideas about your body.  We discuss the messages about your body that you've received over the course of your life from your environment: media, parents, family and friends. We talk about whole-self care and how that intention provides for better care-taking of yourself than a focus on sculpting your appearance. 

We locate the voice in your head that could be sabotaging positive self-care. Finally, we talk about how you can take what you've learned in the session out into the world.

We also discuss how diets don't work and we talk about what does! We explore how to  listen to our bodies instead of trying to manage or control them. This is intuitive eating.  Based on the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, we explore how to rewire your brain to eat what you want, when you want, by listening to your body signals, not by focusing on someone else's idea of what you should eat.  By unpacking the way you think about eating, we make 5 small-but-mitey mental shifts in your "eating GPS" and move on to bigger and better things in your life than counting calories, carbs or points.