Powered by Your Body

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You can’t be your best self if you’re constantly experiencing negative thoughts toward yourself.

When you flip the narrative and reconnect your body and all it does, you break unhealthy habits around food, movement and working out, and overall boost your self-esteem.

Honor Your Body

It is very common for people to struggle with their body image and their relationship to their body. Body image is defined as how you see your body. While it is common to think about body image as the way you think you look, it encompasses all of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, assumptions, value, and judgments of your body. Our body image is formed by our life experiences, the messages we have heard from family, friends, school, and our community, cultural standards and ideals, the media and diet culture.

Body acceptance is defined as being okay with what and how your body currently is. It is also not necessarily loving how it looks all the time or in the moment, but loving it for all that it does for you, respecting what it needs, and caring for it. While noticing flaws that society deems as flaws is ok at times, but noticing your body’s resilience, uniqueness, and how it feels to be grounded in your body is much healthier. Body acceptance involves us reflecting on what has contributed to us disconnecting from our bodies and finding ways to reconnect and make peace with it.

Body Image and Acceptance Resources

  • 52 Ways to Love Your Body by Kimber Simpkins
  • The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston
  • The Body Image Workbook by Thomas F. Cash
  • The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi
  • Living with your Body & Other Things You Hate by Emily Sandoz & Troy DuFrene
  • More Than a Body by Lindsay Kite, PhD & Lexie Kite, PhD

Honor Your Hunger and Fullness

To power your body, you must eat. Many of us create all this food rules in our head and that does not empower us. A good way to get out of this mindset is to practice Intuitive Eating.

What is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive Eating is an evidence-based, mind-body health approach comprised of 10 principles. Essentially, it’s a process of honoring health by listening and responding to the direct messages of your body in order to meet your physical and psychological needs. Intuitive Eating is NOT a diet or food plan. There is nothing to count and there is also no pass or fail.

Ditching the Diet Mentality

Challenge diet culture! Our society is fixated on pushing the newest fad diet through social media, TV, magazines but you don’t have to be fixated on following a diet. Diets utilize positive and negative reinforcement keeping you trap without results. Diet culture focuses on what your body looks like not how it feels and needs.


Making Peace with Food

Food is food. There is no such thing as bad food or good food. Food doesn’t not hold any morality value. Food doesn’t make you healthy or unhealthy. You are allowed to eat whatever you want whenever you want.


Honoring Your Hunger & Fullness

How often do you listen to your body cues? Your body will tell you what you need. A good way to understand yourself is to use the Hunger-Fullness Scale.

Hunger-Fullness Scale
  1. Painfully Hungry — Dizzy, nauseated, physically ill
  2. Extremely Hungry — Ravenous, gnawing emptiness in stomach, headache, moody, anxiety
  3. Very Hungry — Stomach growling, low energy, some urgency
  4. Hungry — Ready to eat, stomach slightly empty feeling, not much urgency
  5. Neutral — Neither hungry nor full
  6. Mild Fullness — Some early sensations of fullness, can still eat, not yet satisfied
  7. Comfortably Full — Feeling content and satisfied
  8. A Little Too Full — Slightly uncomfortable
  9. Very Full — Really uncomfortable, feel stuffed, some belly distention
  10. Painfully Full — Physically ill, nauseated

Desired Level: Aim to stay between level 3 and 7

Honor Your Movement

Intuitive movement is listening to your body and its internal cues to determine what type of movement, how long, and the intensity you’d like to engage in, or whether your body is in need of rest rather than physical activity. It’s moving our bodies in ways that feel good to us and take into consideration your body’s limitations. This also includes having the intention to enjoy and respect our bodies while engaging in movement, not to change or punish it. Intuitive movement looks different for everyone and is based on your physical abilities, likes and dislikes, time demands, and values. Working towards moving your body intuitively means getting to know yourself and your body better. The next time you move — or even before you move — connect with yourself and your body. Ask yourself: “What is my body feeling right now? Does it need rest or water? Is there any pain? Do I like this? Do I need to slow down or speed up?”

Empower Your Body

USU provides a variety of services to support you and keep your body going from body acceptance, intuitive eating, healthy movement and combatting eating disorders.


  • Counseling and Psycological Services
  • Campus Recreation
  • Student Health and Wellness Center
  • Disability Resouce Center
  • Inclusion Center
  • Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences Department
  • Social Work Department
  • Employee Wellness
  • Honors College
  • Graduate Senator