What to Do if You Hate Your Stomach (or Other Body Parts)

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Today we’re going to talk about what to do if there’s a part of your body that you hate–that you want to change or maybe even are obsessing over changing. In particular, we’re going to talk about hating our stomachs. But you can take today’s content and apply it to any body part that bothers you. Heather shares how she tried to research and figure out what culture’s advice is for those who hate their stomachs. In short: the answer is always to change it. It’s as if your stomach is a broken pipe in your kitchen that you can fix by following these “3 easy steps.” It’s as if your stomach is completely “fixable,” and if your stomach doesn’t look flat, then you need to do something to change that.

Heather offers three things to remember in today’s show:

  1. Remember your god
  2. Remember your season
  3. Remember reality.

The verse of the day is Philippians 3:19, you can read the full verse in context here.

Heather also digs into some realities about body changes that happen at midlife. Here is a link to a podcast episode that talks about how bodies change around menopause and perimenopause and how estrogen around the middle may serve a purpose during menopause. (Note – the Food Psych podcast has helpful information but does not take a Christian perspective on body image issues) Listen to this episode here: https://christyharrison.com/foodpsych/7/aging-diet-culture-and-body-changes-around-menopause-with-erica-leon If you’re not in midlife, Heather offers other strategies to help you fight the obsession and frustration over specific parts.

This is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Heather also explores what BDD – Body Dysmorphic Disorder is and how to know if you may have it. Check out Heather’s eating disorder story here: https://comparedtowho.me/what-you-need-to-know-about-eating-disorders

Are you ready for body image coaching?

If you need one-on-one help to pull you out from where you’re stuck,Heather offers sessions by the hour. On average – coaching clients make great progress in 6-8 weeks. Start by booking just one or two sessions to help you get on the right track. Learn more or book your first session here: https://comparedtowho.me/christian-body-image-coaching-insecurity-confidence-gospel/ 

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