A friend of mine says, “Good stuff in, good stuff out. Crap in, crap out.”
It’s simple, yet so true. What we hear and do, listen to and say will directly affect how we think. And how we perceive ourselves, the world and others.
This could apply to any area of life. Have you ever been discontent with life in some way? Then you talk about it often with people, and you think about it, and you focus on it….and then you only become more and more unhappy and unfulfilled.
Because this has definitely been me at times. And from what I’ve experienced, it’s easier to focus on the lack instead of the plenty. The same thing goes for body image, beauty and self worth. Crap in, crap out. Good stuff in, good stuff out.
When I think of crap related to food and exercise, I think of media that talks about dieting, getting your body to look like xyz, living a ‘nontoxic’ life (i’m still not 100% sure what that means), or portraying the idea that prettier and thinner = more worthy and valuable. There’s A LOT of crap out there. It could be anything that makes you feel less than – in your career, your finances, your body, your personality…whatever. If it makes you feel less than, incompetent or not enough…it’s crap.
Filling yourself up with the good stuff builds you up, encourages you to be who you were fully created to be and inspires you to freely learn and grow without the constant expectation of measuring up.
The internet is beautiful and nasty all at once. It can be a breeding ground for negativity, while at the same time a platform of abundant positivity and community. In addition to several non diet registered dietitians that are life giving to follow, here are some of my favorite books, blogs, social media accounts and podcasts when it comes to THE GOOD STUFF.
Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield
I adore Rebecca and she’s a well known name in the intuitive eating/body acceptance world. Her book is one of my favorite in the area of body image, intuitive eating and self care. She goes further than simply eating and food, focusing on all realms of health and helping others understand how to love, connect and care for themselves with deep compassion. Rebecca’s own advice is intermingled with personal stories and evidence based science which make her words resonate with many people. Check out her podcast too. Highly recommend!
Lauren Fowler’s Blog
I discovered Lauren’s blog a few months back and love how she writes. Her blog is full of great content about making peace with food and your body. I don’t know her personally, but hope to meet her one day. She also has an awesome free email course on making peace with food.
Kylie’s watercolor therapy
I think her watercolors are so beautiful, unique and awesome. Kylie knows and can care for herself in a way that I very much admire. I texted her for some advice the other night and her response was not only super wise, but hearing how she had responded to a similar situation in the past created an immediate calm within me. I’m waiting for her to compile all these watercolors into a book one day. How fantastic does that sound?
Dave Farmar yoga podcasts
There isn’t any music in his podcasts because Dave talks almost the entire time but his messages make me feel so empowered. And like YES I can do hard things. Plus he’s funny. If you enjoy more zen/calm yoga with soft music I don’t recommend Dave though because he doesn’t give me the zen/calm vibes I sometimes need — for that I haven’t found a podcast that I really love so if you have recommendations share them!
This quote from Brene Brown
When I think I need to “do more” or when someone says something hurtful about me or when I feel incompetent or shameful….
Nicole Antoinette’s Real Talk podcast
I think the podcast description sums up why this is good stuff.
“In a world that’s hell-bent on selling us things to “fix” ourselves, this show represents a small but powerful rebellion by people who are sick of all the BS. During each eight-episode season, show host Nicole Antoinette sits down with a wide range of beautifully imperfect people – athletes, writers, entrepreneurs, parents, coaches, activists, adventurers, artists, and more – to dive into the truth of what’s really going on in their lives. The goal is for each episode to feel like a sigh of relief, reminding you that we’re all just doing the best we can, and that no matter what we’re in this together.”
The Blissful Mind blog and instagram
I scroll through Catherine’s insta feed more than read her blog but both are inspiring. She’s all about cultivating the daily calm in your life and shares all kinds of tips and advice on how to do just that.
And because this feel good pep talk never gets old…
emily vardy says
That kid!! So adorable.
You’re so right, what we take in definitely affects what we give out. I’m glad I’ve started reading positive blogs like yours on the daily, and following encouraging, kind people on social media. Even the little reminders and positivity through the day like that makes me feel a lot better, and it shows in how I behave towards everyone else
Carrie this fit chick says
Ive actually been really into podcasts lately for self betterment so I appreciate these recomendations! Love how you compare good in and good out to not just food but our mental wellbeing too!
surely – it’s so much more than food!
Amber @ Bloom Nutrition Therapy says
Love these! And LOVE your idea for Kylie. That would be awesome!
wouldn’t it? just waiting for her book deal 🙂
Megan @ A Continual Feast says
I read body kindness and really enjoyed it! Also – still so obsessed with that video. And the Beene Brown quote- definitely screenshotted. Thanks for sharing all of this!
hahah it NEVER gets old!
Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar says
Thanks for the recommendations! I’d love to read Body Kindness. Too many things on my to-read list! And I’m looking forward to checking out some new podcasts, too. 🙂
hope you enjoy the book and podcasts!
Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off says
Absolutely love this, Robyn! I adore most of the people/resources you mentioned already, and the rest I can’t wait to check out. Also that quote REALLY hit close to home. I’ve been dealing lately with feeling a little misunderstood by one person in my life and letting their words make me doubt my own story and identity. But instead what I should be doing is continuing to own my story the way I know it to be, and don’t worry about the outside voices.
it’s hard to not let others words affect you but I think there is a time where positive change can come from criticism and others when we have to dig deep and stay rooted in who we are – whichever your case, I hope you come out on the other side well! keep staying true to yourself 🙂
amanda @amanda-isms says
Love this mentality, and actually have been thinking about that recently because of how much I find myself TALKING about what is bothering me. And not just venting to one friend in a healthful manner. Just vomit of the mouth because I can’t stop thinking about it. And then talking about it keeps me thinking about it even more. Definitely going to check out those blogs and podcasts, too. 🙂
ohhhh i can very much relate 🙂
Jess @ Jessica Cording Nutrition says
Love this post! Thank you so much for sharing—pinning this for when I need to share some positive resources with clients!
so glad it was helpful jess!
I love this reminder; the last few years I’ve been so blessed to discover so many gals that I look up to, including you Robyn, in the blog world/social media world, and they definitely do put out so much good stuff. I’m privileged just to learn from you all.
glad you’ve found so much positivity emily 🙂
Yay!! Thank you for the mention, Robyn! <3
thank YOU for being awesome 🙂
Lauren Fowler says
Thanks Robyn! It was so great to see a new post & found my blog on it as a resource. Of course, I love all the other resources listed here- I just found Nicole’s podcast recently and it’s great for commutes. If you’re ever near San Francisco/bay area, let me know – I’d love to meet up!
of course I loved sharing – I admire what you’re doing 🙂 I will let you know if we are in the SF area, would love to meet up!
Love this resource-focused post. Would love more of these! Always looking to fill my online world with feel-good blogs and mindsets.
glad you enjoyed anna! I’ll make a note of that so I will post more of them