Is There a Secret to Body Confidence?

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Is There a Secret to Body Confidence?

Summer is in full swing and we are half way through school summer holidays. Today is the first day of my holiday (hi from Italy!) and I am so looking forward to spending a couple of weeks relaxing. But holidays are often a time when we feel most body conscious. Warmer weather, lighter clothes, beaches… these circumstances can often highlight our most negative feelings towards our bodies. So how can we improve our body confidence?

 

WORKING ON BODY CONFIDENCE

 

My work revolves around helping women and men care for their bodies in order to promote optimal health and wellbeing. I now almost exclusively work with clients to support them with weight loss. It’s the area I am most passionate about because I’m so aware of just how much our weight can affect how we feel about ourselves. I do not believe that our self worth should be defined by our weight but there’s no denying that many of us have a more positive relationship with our bodies when we are a shape and size we are happy at.

 

The weight loss industry often gets criticised for creating insecurity around how we look in order to sell more products or services and make more money. I am incredibly conscious of this. In my communication, whether to my clients one to one, the talks I give, or the articles I write for magazines and newspapers, I aim to put across positive, supportive messages that contribute towards a greater understanding of how the food we eat affects us. My hope is that this enables you to make empowered, educated choices based on solid nutritional knowledge and a sense of mindfulness around food.

 

Recently I came across some words about our complicated relationships with our bodies that I would like to share with you. They were written by the poet, artist and author Cleo Wade. Her message echoes what I see and hear every week and in light of the summer holidays, I feel it is particularly relevant right now…

 

WORDS FROM CLEO WADE

 

I don’t know a single person- no matter their age, size, gender, or color -who has got long term body love figured out. Every time I think I do, I have days or weeks of spiraling into shaming my body.

 

It is important to know that this it not our fault. We have all grown up in a world that has capitalized off of making us feel insecure, flawed, and not good enough.

 

Every single day we have to fight against what we have been conditioned to think is “beautiful” or “right”. And some how, in that fight, we have to find a way to love ourselves and feel worthy of our own damn dreams. It is exhausting. Shame is sneaky and relentless.

 

Still, I urge you to try. I urge you to try to find the mantra that helps you combat the negative thoughts that can at times feel never ending. For me, when a negative thought surfaces about my body I usually respond with “and I’m going to love you anyway.”

 

The world we live in requires a very deep level of self- compassion. Find a way to tap into yours. Finding a way to give myself compassion during tough moments has wildly changed my life.

 

Finding a way to say, ‘I love you’ when something else inside of me is saying, ‘I don’t like you’ has gotten me through some of my hardest moments.

 

AN ONGOING PRACTICE

 

Body confidence isn’t something that happens overnight. There is no magic formula. It’s an ongoing practice. But we can all find ways to be kinder to ourselves and acknowledge all of the amazing things our bodies enable us to do and be.

 

And with that, I wish you a wonderful summer…

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.