Special Considerations PN Chapter

Just about finished doing the PN Level 1 re-do (there have been 2 more volumes since I completed this and I’m also up for recert in a month or so).

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This is one of my favourite chapters: Chapter 15: Special Scenarios, the disordered eating section. “Having good boundaries also means being aware of your own Disordered Eating tendencies and behaviours. It’s very common for people working in nutrition to have their own ‘secret’ problems with food, eating/not-eating, control, and body image. Don’t keep those problems secret. Go and get the help you need.”

I feel that often behaviours seen as normal in the fitness industry can often disguise disordered eating (and other struggles). I also think we can fool ourselves into believing things are “normal” because of goals that can make potentially disordered behaviours seem more acceptable (even if they may be hurting us).

This is not a statement to say choices to reach fitness goals, or to engage in various choices, are “wrong” but I think (for our health, wellbeing, and the people we love) it’s important to explore choices, methods, patterns, etc. and to get very honest about why we’re making the choices we’re making, how these choices may be impacting our lives, values and goals and reassess regularly.

Have good people in your corner and, if you need help, reach out to someone you trust. Having a level headed person to bounce ideas off of and to help us maintain and reach attainable/realistic goals can be super invaluable (maybe lifesaving).

Also, I think it’s okay for us to admit we just cannot be around or work with certain circumstances as we go through or work on our own stuff (whether temporarily or forever).

It’s painful but liberating to acknowledge and admit to personal problems and challenges that we may need help with. It’s just plain painful when we don’t admit to these (normal) struggles and continue to cycle through repetitive behaviours or circumstances we know on some level we can move beyond and are stronger than.

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What we talk about says a lot about us.

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I don’t think we need to be paranoid but we can pay attention to how others speak about other people and situations to you (and how you speak about others and situations, as well).

I think we’ll often find common themes here and I think it’s one of the easiest ways to figure out who we can trust, who we want to get close to and how to correct our own behaviour if we’re talking about others or about things that are not ours to talk about (aka: none of our business).