Affirmations to Improve Body Image

Affirmations have helped many people make big changes in their lives. They are statements said with confidence about a perceived truth. Many people struggle with body image. Affirmations can be used to help improve this. Using positive affirmations to improve body image can lead to a complete shift in how you feel about yourself. Do you really need to bully yourself into being healthier? It does not workRespect how much your body can do!
Do your best to take time each day to practice affirmations. Here are some positive body affirmations another dietitian, Christy Brissette, uses in her practice.
1. I love my body and I love myself.
2. I am perfect and complete just the way I am.
3. I know the answers and solutions. I listen to myself and trust my inner judgement.
4. My body is a vessel for my awesomeness.
5. I eat a variety of foods for my enjoyment, wellness, and health.
6. There is more to life than worrying about my weight. I’m ready to experience it.
7. Body, if you love me for who I am, I promise to love you for who you are.
8. Accepting myself as I am right now is the first step in growing and evolving.
9. I eat for energy and nourishment.
10. Skin, thank you for protecting me. Belly, thank you for helping me digest. Thighs, thank you for carrying me to where I want to go.
Mediterranean Tuna Avocado Salad
Servings: 4
For the salad
1 large avocado, chopped
1 can tuna, drained
2.5 cups cannellini beans, drained/rinsed
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
4 ounces canned artichokes, chopped 
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped/drained
4 cups fresh spinach
dash of cracked black pepper
2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
For the dressing
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil

1. In a large bowl add in the chopped avocado, tuna, beans, feta, and artichokes.
2. Place the tomatoes in a blender or food processor to roughly chop. Drain the excess fluid, then add to tuna.
3. Mix in the lemon juice and olive oil until nicely coated.
4. Place 1 cup of spinach on each serving plate.
5. Top a quarter of the mixture on each bed of spinach.
6. Garnish with cracked black pepper and fresh basil. Enjoy!
Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe 

Nutrition Information per Serving: 280 calories, 11 grams total fat, 2.8 grams of saturated fat, 28 grams carbohydrate, 10.4 grams fiber, 20 grams protein, 430 milligrams sodium, 582 milligrams potassium, 1.5 grams sugar
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