For a lot of people, exercise is a chore. They dread doing it, and if it doesn’t result in the weight loss they were hoping for, it can be even more discouraging. So how can you switch to a more body-positive approach to exercise? In this week’s video headline, Golda Poretsky offers some advice! Watch her explain how to find the right exercise for you, and how to recognize the benefits of it.
So much of what we find attractive is determined by the media we consume. This media has presented a very particular definition of beauty, part of which is thinness. So how do we, as body-positive feminists, move past this generalized and restrictive definition of beauty and start to find the beauty in fat? Watch Golda Poretsky present some helpful hints and tips for beginning this process!
There is no shortage of articles, conversations, and “information” about the relationship between weight and health in today’s society, but the Health at Every Size (HAES) movement is something totally different. In this podcast episode, Melissa A. Fabello and popular HAES blogger Golda Poretsky give an introduction to the movement’s major pillars, and offer advice for those interesting in participating.
One of the most common questions I get from prospective clients is this: “If I practice Health At Every Size (or intuitive eating), will I gain weight?” And here is the answer I pretty much always give: “I don’t know if you’ll gain weight. Some of my clients gain weight. Some stay the same. Some lose weight. But I do know you will feel much happier and more at peace with your body.”
Sometimes I feel like we’re living our entire lives and viewing our whole world through a camera lens – including ourselves. And yet, on the bright side, I also see it as an interesting opportunity to reclaim your self-image. I think that if you go with it, you can actually use things like selfies as tools to improve your body image – and your overall self-esteem.
I think nearly everyone knows the feeling of being uncomfortable in your body and wearing too much clothing to cover it up. But all that makes you is sweaty, uncomfortable, and angry. A few years ago, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to let myself be angry and uncomfortable (or sweaty!) any more. So I started using a technique that I’m going to share with you right now.
Body acceptance is not about disregarding your health. Its about loving and accepting your body and wanting to take care of it. There is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” body, and it is important to listen to your body and all the signs and signals it provides you. Accept yourself and your beautiful form, and this will encourage those you interact with to love their bodies as well.
When you feel love and approval toward your body, then you can truly experience your life and the world around you. You can live your life with more peace. You can hear your inner truth. You can enjoy being in a body that is uniquely yours. You can do and experience all this and more, but first, you have to give yourself permission to love and accept your body.
For 24 years, Golda tried every diet imaginable until she realized she could make a different choice — accepting her body and treating it well — and has since dedicated herself to helping others take the same journey. In this TEDxTalk, Golda Poretsky busts myths about the relationship between weight and health and to prove, based on research, that health (and body-love) comes in every size.
I can’t think of an instance where someone (a client, a friend, myself) hated something into changing. Not one. Single. Instance. It doesn’t create change. If anything, it only creates more stress. If you really want to change a habit, or a situation, or how you feel about yourself, the only route that will bring you any peace is to start with acceptance.