Weight is not a behavior because you can’t simply step on the scale and decide for it to show you a different number. More importantly, that number (whatever it may be) doesn’t assign value or worth to you. It’s not the indicator of health that we’ve been led to believe and we have the evidence to support that weight is less important than healthful behaviors.
What are healthful behaviors?
Health is a complex topic but it encompasses aspects of physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as other pieces of total well-being such as our relationships, financial well-being, and the boundaries we set on our time and energy.
You may be wondering, if weight isn’t what matters, what does? Here are a few of the healthful behaviors that our team at Libre Connections prefers to focus on instead:
- Eating in a way that provides nourishment, pleasure, and convenience for your lifestyle
- Engaging in joyful movement that leaves your body feeling the way you want it to
- Practicing self-care on a regular basis
- Cultivating habits that support healthy relationships with friends, family, and coworkers
- Making health- or food-related decisions that come from a place of partnership and connection with your body, not fear or self-loathing
This list is not all-inclusive. There are many other ways for individual people to define what healthful behaviors look like for them. But in general, these habits promote health, can improve overall well-being, help manage or treat symptoms of chronic disease or other health conditions, and allow you to live out YOUR values.
They’re more liberating than strict food rules and have the flexibility to adapt to you and your needs. If you’re interested in learning more about support and tools for building healthful behaviors, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about virtual coaching options and other resources from our team.