The Sacramento Bee has republished the National Eating Disorders Association’s 10 Tips on how to promote healthy relationships with food to kids (and adults). I think it deserves a reposting here, too.
Fooled you with the post title, eh? Lied about not posting, too, but this was too important not to share. (The signing out post was NOT an April Fool's thing- honest!)
1. Eat when you are hungry. Stop eating when you are full.
2. There are no “good” or “bad” foods, so eat lots of different foods, including fruits, vegetables and even sweets sometimes.
3. Eat different types of snacks: sometimes raisins, sometimes cheese, sometimes a cookie, or sometimes carrot sticks or celery dipped in peanut butter. [Ed. Or a donut- even a baby-flavored one]
4. If you are sad, mad or bored, find something to do other than eating.
5. People who exercise and stay active are healthier and better able to do what they want to do, no matter what they weigh.
6. Try to find a sport or activity that you like, then do it.
7. Good health, feeling good about yourself and having fun go hand in hand. Try different hobbies, such as drawing, playing music or making things.
8. Remind yourself that healthy bodies come in all sizes.
9. Some people believe that fat people are bad, sick and out of control, while thin people are good, healthy and in control. This is not true. And it is hurtful.
10. Do not tease people and don’t laugh at other people’s jokes about fat (or thin) people or short (or tall) people.
And, my favorite body part of the day? My hands. I don't consider them beautiful, but they are strong and capable. They can wield a needle and do fine embroidery or exhibit brute strength and open a jar.