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The best practice for healthy eating is being consistent with your eating every day.  But, before you can practice healthy eating, you need to know what that looks like for you.  It may be different from one person to the next.  So, ask yourself some questions.

Summertime in Arizona means wearing shorts, summer dresses and swimsuits.  But, if you have a negative body image, that can be an issue for enjoying summer.  Sheri Robenstine of Healthy Futures has a few tips on how to improve your body image and have more fun this summer.

First, concentrate on positive thoughts about your body.  Start appreciating what your body can do.  When you start thinking about all the things your body is capable of, the negative thoughts about your outside appearance will go away.

Second, when you attend summertime events, be present, laugh with your friends and feel what it is like to be there.  The friends and family that you are comfortable with won’t care what you look like in a dress or swimsuit.  They are just happy that you are there.

If you would like more tips on how to improve your body image or to learn more about Healthy Futures and the resources they provide, visit https://healthyfuturesaz.com/eating-disorder-treatment/

Watch the video and/or read the transcript below:

Hi, I’m Sheri from Healthy Futures in Scottsdale, Arizona. Because it’s Arizona, I want to talk a little bit about body image and summer weather in Arizona. With over 100 degree temperatures, that means shorts, summer dresses, and swimsuits, which, of course, if you have negative body image, that brings up a huge issue in the summertime.

A couple things that I’d like to say about improving body image and enjoying your summer is, number one, when you’re having negative body image thoughts, start to appreciate your body for what it can do. Appreciate that you woke up today, that you’re able to carry something to that party, that you’re able to walk there, that you’re able to swim. Really look at the capabilities of your body rather than being so negative about the outside appearance of your body.

Number two, when you go to those summer events, actually be there. Be present in those summer events. When you’re invited, don’t say, “I’m not good enough to leave the house,” and stay at home. When you’re invited to Memorial Day barbecues or something that happens over Fourth of July weekend, actually go. Laugh with your friends. Feel what it’s like to be at those events.

If you feel comfortable being with friends and family, they don’t care what you’re wearing. It doesn’t matter to them that you have shorts on or a swimsuit. They just want you to be there and have fun with them.

When you tell yourself really negative things about your body, those things tend to become true. They don’t actually help you change the outer appearance of your body. You just tell yourself negative things and your brain starts to believe them, which ends up in anxiety, depression, and shame. It doesn’t actually end up with positive body features.

We want to start doing things that are opposite when it comes to body image. When you have yourself hear negative things, tell yourself something positive. Enjoy time with friends and get your attention off of your body and onto the people that you’re around, onto the actual activity that you’re doing.

When negative body image thoughts come up, what you want to do is appreciate your body for what it actually can do. Number two, have fun at the events that you’re going to go to. Get yourself out of the house and go to those events. Bye!

Thank you so much! Enjoy your summer!