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Learn your body’s love language

Many women are plagued by a negative, even hate-filled, attitude towards their bodies – but a positive body image is the fastest, enlightened route to a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable. Ali Roff knows that loving your body is easier said than done… however, she has a powerful secret to share

We know mindfulness is about awareness – but another dimension to the magic of mindfulness appears when we apply that same present moment awareness to our emotions. When we are aware of how we feel, we sow the seeds for powerful transformation. We’ve looked at how the food we eat and the way we move has an impact on our wellbeing, and we’re growing awareness around our choices. We’ve also laid the foundations for a powerful gift that mindfulness brings: acceptance. But, when it comes to accepting our bodies, many of us hit a stumbling block.

Self-love work in progress

There are many studies about body image, but one that shocked me was a survey which revealed that 97 per cent of women experience at least one ‘I hate my body’ moment every day.* Ninety-seven per cent! Every day! I believe that to have a healthy body, we must care about that body and love it enough to treat it well. Too often we approach our physical health from an angle of punishment; the dislike, nonacceptance and even hatred we channel towards our bodies. It’s easy to simplify:

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