Things you can do to stay healthy:
After coming to the realization that there may be an issue with your relationship with food, there are some simple ways to start a healthy relationship with food again! You can also use this information to keep yourself from falling into an unhealthy relationship with food and healthful eating as more of a preventative measure.
One of the most important ways to ensure a healthy relationship with food is making sure you have a balanced diet. There are many different ways to achieve a balanced diet, and a balanced diet for one individual can look very different from a balanced diet of another individual. This is why it is so important to understand that seeing meal plans and diets of someone who you think has an “ideal body” on social media does not automatically mean that it is a diet you should try. If you are really interested in finding a diet that works best for you while providing the necessary nutrients to your body, dieticians are professionals who can help to create an individualized diet and meal plan that is designed specifically for you (See the ‘For Further Information’ page on information regarding reaching out to/finding a dietician). Healthy bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. It is necessary to love and care for your body – it is the only one you get! The better you nourish your body with the right foods and amount of food, the better you will feel, and the healthier you will look!
Changes you can expect to see in your body!
Adolescence is a period that calls for many changes both physically and mentally. It is important to be aware of these changes in order to feel the most comfortable with your body at all times throughout puberty (Find more information about specific changes that occur in the ‘For Further Information’ page regarding specific changes that occur during puberty). These changes can happen fast, and the impacts of them can be really hard for young teens to cope with. Along with the internal changes that occur throughout puberty, there are changes in the ways teens behave with people around them. Some major changes happen between the priorities and relationships of some of the most important people in a teens life. Some of the people that have the biggest impact on an adolescent are parents, friends and significant others. The biggest thing to take away from this is to recognize that you are NOT the only one in this boat. Navigating these changes is difficult for a lot of teens. It is normal to feel lost or unsure of the big changes occurring in yourself and your peers. Just remember that you are not alone, everyone’s bodies change during puberty!