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Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts your week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

I’m a big fan of Rachel Cole’s writing and her emphasis on identifying and feeding our truest hungers. It’s made me re-evaluate how I relate to myself and my own life. Because if we don’t know our hungers, how can we lead a fulfilling and satisfying life?

Naming our hungers and doing what nourishes us is a powerful path to building a positive body image and healthier relationship with ourselves.

All month long, on her beautiful blog, Rachel is featuring contributions from other bloggers on their definitions of living a well-fed life. Today, I’m sharing excerpts from several of these pieces, which I hope inspire you to explore your own ideas of a well-fed life.

For instance, for Mara, a well-fed life is:

… a series of well intentioned choices, and a relaxed relationship with outcome. Experimental.

My well-fed life is fueled by doing what I say that I’m going to do. Showing up. Dressing up. Talking fast and embracing my love of idioms.

My well-fed life is filled with active decisions, carefully curated experiences, and replacing that undercurrent of boredom with one of languid joy seeking. It is brimming with intuitive hits, and no thank you, I’ve got a really important date to keep – with myself conversations.

For Laura, a well-fed life is also a decision:

Well-fed is a choice.

Well-fed is not a to-do list.

Well-fed is not a collection of banned substances and imposed guidelines.

Well-fed is a not a “if I treat myself bad now I’ll make up for it later” negotiation.

To me,

Well-fed is heightened awareness.

Well-fed is being the patient and the caregiver.

Well-fed is asking “what are you truly hungry for?” and daring to act on the answer.

And…it’s delicious.

Vivienne also describes a well-fed life as “a choice that I can make for myself each day.” For her photo walks and self-portraiture are vital in nourishing her hungers.

For Tanya, a well-fed life requires joy and attention. For Jamie, it is about permission and “saying yes to me.”

Take some time this week to think about what you’re truly hungry for. Consider the activities, perspectives, habits and hobbies that can nourish those hungers and fill your well.

It might be everything from painting to traveling more to dancing more to savoring sweet and spicy foods to using your camera to capture bits of beauty every day.

It might be giving yourself more permission, and ditching various shoulds. It might be saying yes to yourself and saying no to others.

You also might want to respond to Rachel’s excellent journal prompts about living a well-fed life. I especially love these inquiries:

  • “If there were no ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ – what hunger of my own would I claim?”
  • “Three role models who demonstrate what it means to live life well-fed are___”
  • “If pleasure is a ‘food group’ my daily servings today will/did include___”

As you can see from the bloggers’ contributions, a well-fed life has many meanings. Explore yours.

What does living a well-fed life look like for you?

 


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    Last reviewed: 3 Mar 2014

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2013). Body Image Booster: Living A Well-Fed Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 22, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2013/04/body-image-booster-living-a-well-fed-life/

 

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