If I asked you “Do you love your body?” would your answer be dependent on how well your next diet works or whether you reach your goal weight or if you had more time at the gym? Could you say you love your body right now? I know I’ve struggled with saying that as so many of us have, especially women. My guest, author of “The Doughnut Diaries” and certified health coach Rachel Lavin, is on a mission to teach body love and help people heal from negative body image. Rachel has experienced not loving her body at every size from 12 to 0 so she knows that self acceptance is not in weight loss but in mindset.
Rachel reached a point where, as she put it, “I got sick and tired of being sick and tired”. She reached a point of just being tired of feeling bad about herself. She worked to shift her mindset from feeling ugly and betrayed by her body to being able to wake up and tell herself she’s beautiful and mean it. She established three pillars of fitness – nourishment for body and mind, movement, and rest – to encourage women to find the same body love. Rachel and I talk about her book, researching body positivity, how our messaging about our bodies affects our children, and why physicians need to abandon reliance on the BMI and focus on actual health. The messages in this episode are so personal and valuable, I hope you find them as helpful as I do.
About Rachel Lavin:
Rachel Lavin is a Published author of “The Doughnut Diaries”, Professional Speaker, Body Love Coach, Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer. She grew up in Northern California and has lived in Hawaii, Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon and New York City. She currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her partner.
In 2000 Rachel began her career as an ACE certified group fitness instructor teaching a plethora of classes such as Aqua Aerobics, Bootcamp, Jazzercise, Dance Aerobics, Stretch and Chair classes. In 2007 she was certified as an ACE Personal Trainer working at big box gyms in NYC and becoming an independent trainer in 2012. Rachel wanted to take her passion for helping people to the next level and became an ACE certified Health Coach in 2018.
In 2020 Rachel wrote her first book “The Doughnut Diaries” about her own struggles with her weight and restrictive diets which lasted for over thirty years. As Rachel turned forty the expression “I got sick and tired of being sick and tired” hit home and she made a decision to take her power back and heal from decades of negative thinking and self sabotage. Rachel began to do the work on her mind, body and soul. Writing her book was her way of sharing her message to women that they are not alone! Now using her book Rachel wants to help people who have had or are still experiencing negative body image. By using what she now refers to as her three pillars of fitness; Nourishment for both the mind and body, Movement & Rest.
“My mission is to create a safe space for all women to feel whole in their own body.” – Rachel Lavin
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Body Love Educator, Speaker, Author
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