Updated: Aug 5
In a world where we are surrounded by diet culture, postpartum weight loss can feel like a self-loathing, restricting, hopeless journey. In this blog post, we'll dive deep into the nurturing approach of Health at Any Size (HAES) and how it can guide you towards achieving your postpartum weight loss goals while still embracing self-acceptance and body positivity.
What is Health at Any Size?
Health at Any Size (HAES) is a philosophy that emphasizes respect, inclusivity, and overall well-being. When we are moms, this is especially vital when we embark on our postpartum weight loss journey. It challenges the conventional diet culture of focusing on weight as the sole measure of health and promote a balanced approach to wellness tailored to your unique body and needs.
Nourishing Your Body with Love
During the postpartum phase, self-care, self-compassion and neutral or positive self-talk are essential parts of your weight loss journey. Embracing our beautiful postpartum body as a vessel of love and strength, rather than staring at the loose skin and stretch marks. Looking at our bodies and being able to appreciate the incredible journey it has just undertaken. When we foster body respect and gratitude, you'll lay the foundation for a nurturing weight loss experience.
Redefining Weight Loss Goals
When we shift the focus away from weight-centric goals like the number on the scale, we can then prioritize overall health and well-being. Having our goal align with our values helps us keep motivated and see the bigger picture. It helps with the self sabotaging and the emotional eating in moments where we just "don't care." When we do not see movement on the scale, we know we are still making movements towards our goals and can celebrate "non-scale victories". Non-scale victories are exactly what it sounds like. Little wins that tell us that we are on the right track and boost our self-esteem, confidence and motivation. These can be little moments like I was able to carry my toddler through the store when they didn't want to be in the shopping cart. Or when my kids asked me to come play with them I was able to say yes!
Nurturing Healthy Habits and Lifestyle Choices
Healthy habits are the key to seeing long term change. Mindful eating, and finding activity that is enjoyable, are powerful tools in the postpartum weight loss journey. By mindfully listening to your body's hunger and fullness cues, you'll nourish yourself with a balanced and diverse diet that fuels your well-being. Incorporating regular physical activity that brings you joy helps not only your physical body, but also your mental health.
Finding Joy in Movement
Working out and getting activity in during the day does not have to mean settling for mundane workouts. When we are moms, getting activity in can be difficult, juggling naps and energy levels and hungry children. The last thing we need is to have exercise be tedious and draining. Instead, explore movement that is enjoyable and energy giving. Dance, do yoga, hike, or really any movement that sparks joy. Celebrate what your incredible postpartum body is capable of achieving.
Cultivating Mindful Eating
Food has the potential of being a source of nourishment and pleasure, but is often a source of guilt or shame. When we embrace and learn how to eat mindfully, it allows us to eat based on what our body needs in the moment. It helps to foster a healthy relationship with food during your postpartum weight loss journey. It helps up to recognize emotional eating patterns and develop healthier coping mechanisms, savoring each bite with love and intention.
Building a Supportive Community
Postpartum life can be challenging, but with a supportive community, you can do anything. Seek social supports from those who celebrate Health at Any Size (HAES) and promote well-being. Create a safe space for sharing your postpartum weight loss experiences, challenges, and successes, knowing you're not alone on this path.
Embracing the Journey of Self-Discovery
As a mom in this postpartum period, your wellness journey is uniquely yours. Embrace self-discovery and self-awareness as you lovingly nurture your body on this transformative path. Embrace the ups and downs of your postpartum weight loss experience, knowing that growth and learning are essential parts of the process.
Embracing a Health at Any Size approach in your weight loss journey can be difficult but so transformative for the long term. With self-acceptance and body positivity as your companions, you're embarking on a nurturing and transformative postpartum experience. Your postpartum body is beautiful and capable, deserving of love and respect no matter where you are in your weight loss journey. Let's rise together, cherishing the diversity of our postpartum bodies. You've got this, and remember, you are not alone in this journey. Embrace Health at Any Size and nurture your way to postpartum weight loss success!
Hi, I’m Kristina Anzell, I am a Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing specialized and compassionate mental health support for moms postpartum. My mission is to empower you to thrive in your role as a mother while nurturing your own well-being. If you enjoyed this blog post, check out my blog here! If you want more information or are seeking treatment, feel free to reach out!