Summer, 2018 Issue #39
We are having quite a hot week in New England for the 4th of July! Tomorrow, for the 4th, we'll be at our local pool celebrating with friends and our youngest child. Follow me on Instagram @nutrition.mentor to see the dessert I'll be making - Pavlova - it's one of my favorites. Also, join my giveaway later this week on Instagram to help me celebrate the milestone of over 1000 followers!
About mid-May my clients and patients started talking more specifically about how they thought they would feel in less clothing and bathing suits as warmer weather ensued. I decided to call this 'summer noise' and we referenced it a lot in appointments up until last week.
Read more on how you can handle 'The Noise of Summer' as many of us are on the water somewhere this week. 
In best health,
Robyn Kievit Kirkman, FNP-BC, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CEDRD
Family Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified 
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Licensed
Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian
The Noise of Summer

Remember the Don Henley song, ' The Boys of Summer'? In appointments with clients around Memorial Day each year, nearly everyone talks about their worries of wearing less clothing and bathing suits in particular. Also at this time, nearly every media outlet - social media, emails, commercials on tv and radio -  is programed for weight loss and your 'best beachbody' for weeks up until the official start of summer on June 21st. This got me thinking on what I refer to as 'The Noise of Summer'.

Last year I wrote about this topic as well (albeit with a nutrition science twist) and you can find that edition of my e-NL here .

The focus was mainly on how sugar affects us (or doesn't) and it's still a highly contested nutrition topic in the media. (Gluten must be very thankful for sugars takeover! ;)

So, how do we feel comfortable in our bodies in less clothing and bathing suits if we're not comfortable with them in the first place? I have 3 ideas to try to help

3 Ideas To Help You Feel More Comfortable a Bathing Suit

  1. Let Go of Comparison. 
    Comparing your body to anyone else leads to anxiety and low self esteem. You don't know what someone else is eating, or not eating, or how much they use Photoshop.
  2. Bodies Change. 
    My body at 46 years old is certainly not the same as it was when I was 26 or 36. I'm not wearing the same clothes or bathing suits as I did at those ages. Keeping clothes or bathing suits from a young age to try to fit into them again is a Really. Bad. Idea. This is a form of 'body checking' and again leads to comparison, which leads to low self esteem (see #1!).      
  3. Use Gratitude. 
    Where gratitude is, comparison and negativity cannot exist. For me, I think of my body as strong  - most of the time. Some days I feel less energy, therefore less strength, and this could be from a myriad of reasons - lots of stuff with our kids, in addition to work, the cats woke me up 3 nights in a row, or I'm more stressed out than usual - whatever the reason... But when I visualize my strong body and focus on this in the form of gratitude, guess what? I don't hear any 'summer noise'.

I asked a few other clinicians for their posts on this topic:

Julie Duffy Dillon of the Love Food Podcast talks about the fears of binge eating on vacation on episode 35 here .

Summer Innanen recorded this video on getting your 'body ready for the summer'.

Natalie Joffe composed a post on called 5 Strategies to Cultivate Body Respect in a Thin-Privileged World .

Alexis Conason posted as well calling her piece Getting Beach Body Ready .

Lindy Shanti's blog includes advice for dealing with your closet and warm weather clothing.
Also, if you have not picked up this month's issue of Self Magazine. Go get it, now. You can find Kevin Klatt's post from this month's issue on why diets fail here.    
I have interviewed Kevin and included some of his work in my e-newsletters in the past. Here are both of the links:    

June, 2017

March, 2018

Keep the entire issue for reference!

Cheers to YOU this summer, not the 'noise of summer'.  
Robyn's Monthly Morsel
My dear friend & colleague, Molly Delehey, recently launched her website and new workshop. I am so pleased to share more of it here .
Unstuck: A Workshop to Get Your Creativity Flowing
In this 2.5 hour workshop, your work will be to have fun.  
  • Kickstart your imagination
  • Rediscover your playful spirit
  • Reinvigorate your own thoughts and ideas
We will immerse ourselves in art and movement activities along with group games that will require you to be fully present and "in the moment". As you create, move, and play your way through this workshop, you will allow yourself the opportunity to quiet your mind, lighten your heart and leave with a refreshed perspective. No experience necessary. Just bring an open mind and see where your creativity takes you.
Molly is currently taking reservations to book her workshop 'Unstuck' for the rest of 2018...and beyond! She can be reached through her website link above for more information.

About Robyn

I am a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics, certified eating disorder registered dietitian, and family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience. 
My clients seek out my services in the areas of eating disorders, weight concerns, sports nutrition and psychopharmacology as it relates to these. 
As a long time yoga practitioner, tennis player and marathon runner, I have learned to balance my own fitness with a busy lifestyle.
I live in Concord with my husband and four children and can often be found visiting several grocery stores a week, in an effort to create nutritious, well-planned meals for my family. 

Learn more about my services here.

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