67 Affirmations to Make Peace with Food and Your Body
Dec 03, 2018
What are positive affirmations?
Positive affirmations are self-affirming sayings or mantras that you repeat to yourself (as thoughts or out loud). The thing most people don’t realize is we are actually saying and thinking affirmations all the time. All of the thoughts that we think on a regular basis are affirmations and they play a role in the reality we create for ourselves. So the more positive thoughts you think, the more positive experiences you attract into your life and vice versa.
Positive affirmations can help you overcome negative or self-sabotaging thoughts by retraining your brain to gravitate towards more positive beliefs. The more you think the thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the positive affirmations work. Consistently choosing to think positive thoughts will help you start to make positive changes in all areas of your life.
Why I believe “thoughts are medicine”, not “food is medicine”:
“Food is medicine” is a saying so many people live by. I used to be one of those people until I discovered intuitive eating and realized that this belief was just another misguided message from diet culture. Our society tries to convince us that “perfect” eating leads to “perfect” health. But, intuitive eating helped me realize that health is about SO much more than food.
Our relationships, mental health, stress levels, spirituality, career satisfaction and even our day to day thoughts are all other important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to health.
So I actually choose to believe “thoughts are medicine” instead and there’s actually a lot of scientific proof for this (we’ve all heard of the placebo effect right?).
Why positive affirmations work:
According to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania, affirmations activate the reward centers in the brain which can help us feel less pain and maintain balance in the face of adversity. The study also found that affirmations increase activity in areas of the brain connected to self-related processing which can improve emotional responses to painful or negative situations. So, essentially affirmations work by rewiring the brain to gravitate towards more positive thoughts which ultimately leads to you being able to attract a more positive reality.
How to practice positive affirmations:
There is not just one way to practice positive affirmations. Some people like to say them out loud every morning…some people like to write them down….some people like to just think about them over and over. It really doesn’t matter what method you use as long as you are consistent. Consistent repetition of daily positive affirmations will help to reframe your beliefs and assumptions about yourself and the world by reprogramming your subconscious mind to overcome limiting beliefs that create a negative reality. When you overcome your limiting beliefs, you’re able to create a reality for yourself that is in alignment with your greatest desires and dreams (because you BELIEVE you can!).
67 Affirmations to Make Peace with Food and Your Body:
I created this list of affirmations specifically to help you make peace with food and your body. By eliminating your negative beliefs about food and your body that are no longer serving you, you make space for an abundance of positive thoughts that will serve you in listening to, trusting and honoring your body’s individual needs.
- I am the only person who defines what health means to me.
- I choose to release myself from diet mentality thoughts that are no longer serving me.
- I honor the space between where I am at now and where I want to be with my relationship with food.
- I honor and trust my body and its needs by eating foods that are pleasurable, satisfying and nourishing to me and I give myself permission to enjoy all foods.
- I know that I can trust my body to give me the cues and signals that will lead to balanced healthy eating in general.
- Food is not my enemy. I thank it for nourishing me and giving me energy.
- My weight does not define my worth.
- I appreciate the different and unique characteristics of my body.
- I release guilt and negative feelings I have about eating.
- I have everything within me that I need to feel completely free around food.
- It is safe for me to listen to and trust my body.
- I choose self-care over self-control.
- I can be healthy and happy at any size.
- I want to feel good and feeling good comes with listening to my body and honoring its needs.
- I choose to feel good every day. Every day, I remind myself that I can make the choice to feel good.
- Nourishing myself brings me joy and I am worthy of the time spent on healing my relationship with food and my body.
- Everything I want is already within me.
- My body tells me what it needs easily and effortlessly.
- Everything I need to know about my body in any given moment is revealed to me. My intuition always has my back.
- All areas of my life are free and abundant. My happiness is unlimited.
- I choose to release all hurt and pain now.
- My body will guide me to perfect harmony and balance.
- I free myself from self-destructive thoughts and behaviors.
- I am at home in my body. Everything is well.
- I forgive myself for not trusting my body and set myself free.
- I forgive everyone in my past who harmed me. With love, I release them.
- I inhale confidence and exhale fear.
- I act from a place of self-care and know my inner wisdom is my best guide.
- My mind is full of positive and nourishing thoughts.
- My confidence is constantly increasing.
- I release stress in my body with every exhale.
- I send love and healing to every part of my body.
- I gently and effortlessly return to the present moment when my thoughts become negative.
- The universe gives me exactly what I need at exactly the right time.
- My attitude towards food and my body is constantly evolving to a more positive state.
- I love my body and my body loves me.
- I release all disease from my body and welcome health into my life.
- I am healed, happy and energetic.
- I love taking care of myself. I am so worthy of feeling good.
- Nothing matters more than me feeling good.
- I choose to be in complete harmony with my body.
- I am proud of who I am and love myself unconditionally.
- I respect and treat my body with kindness and love.
- Self-love flows through me with ease.
- I am so blessed to have a body that knows what is best for me.
- I move in a way that feels safe and good for my body.
- I enjoy any food I want without guilt or shame.
- I have the same emotional response regardless of what I eat.
- I approach movement from a place of self-care not self-control.
- Foods are not good or bad. I am allowed to eat whatever I want whenever I want.
- Food rules are bullshit. My body knows exactly what it needs and does not need to be controlled.
- Do I want to feel this way or do I want to feel free?
- There is no such thing as perfect health.
- I listen to my body, eat what I want when I want and choose pleasurable foods that make me feel good.
- I make the world a better place just by being in it.
- I am an absolute fucking babe and my body size/shape does not define me.
- Perfection is boring. I love being imperfect.
- I act as if my relationship with food and my body is already healed.
- I am deserving of freedom, peace, love and happiness. I am deserving of anything I want.
- I radiate self-confidence and inner beauty.
- I have an internal knowing of what, when and how much to eat for my body’s individual nourishment needs.
- I honor my true hungers and nourish my mind, body and soul.
- I treasure all that my body can do for me.
- Who I really am is enough.
- My mind, body and soul are in sync.
- What is within me is plenty.
- I feel gratitude in every inch of my body.
What’s your favorite affirmation?! Let me know in the comments below 🙂
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