“Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. Acceptance is, in fact,
the first step to successful action. If you don’t fully accept a situation precisely
the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don’t fully
accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.”
— Peter McWilliams
At Green Mountain at Fox Run, we believe one of the most important keys to making healthy lifestyle changes that last is to first accept the way things are in the present. It sounds odd, but the ability to accomplish real change depends on us being okay if no change were to ever occur.
Acceptance gets rid of the shame and can actually motivate, as explained by Karin Kratina and Jon Robison in Moving Away from Diets.
“Positive change is much more likely to come from self-love than from self-hatred; people seek to take care of themselves when they feel they are worthy of it.”
This idea of acceptance of ourselves and our current sizes is the message behind the Health at Every Size movement that Green Mountain supports.
“Health at Every Size is really about being the best we can be and not getting in our own way” says Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, owner of Green Mountain.
“A major focus of what we do at Green Mountain is to help participants start being kind to themselves now. Only then will the path to reaching goals open up.”
Following are tenets of the Health at Every Size movement, which serve as a guide to developing a healthy lifestyle that truly supports well-being.
Health at Every Size means:
Attention to emotional, physical and spiritual well-being, without focus on weight loss or achieving a specific “ideal weight”
■ Size and self-acceptance
Respect and appreciation for the wonderful diversity of body shapes and sizes (including our own!), rather than the pursuit of an idealized weight or shape
■ The pleasure of eating well
Eating based on internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, rather than on external food plans or diets
■ The joy of movement
Encouraging all physical activities for the associated pleasure and health benefits, rather than following a specific routine of regimented exercise for the primary purpose of weight loss
■ An end to weight bias
Recognition that body shape, size and/or weight are not evidence of any particular way of eating, level of physical activity, personality, psychological issue or moral character; confirmation that there is beauty and worth in EVERY body
Adapted by Karin Kratina, MA, RD, LD, and Ellen Shuman,from original Tenets published in Moving Away From Diets (1996)
Health At Every Size is a registered trademark of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.
For more on self and size acceptance, read Green Mountain’s FitBriefing on the topic,
“Accept Your Wonderful Self.”