The nutritionist psychologist

Cristina Andrades

has just published 'Take care of you' (Ediciones B), a book that proposes us to regain a good relationship with our bodies and our minds through food and self-care in general.

We talked to her about how little attention we pay ourselves and how to fix it.

His book is called 'Take care of you' and proposes a broad vision of self-care that involves body and mind. Do we look at each other little? Because it gives the impression that in these times that we live, the opposite happens, that we look at ourselves 'too much'. It all depends on the meaning we give to "looking at ourselves." We look at ourselves too much from the aesthetic, the superficial; But we ignore a lot of what happens inside of us: emotions, thoughts ... We live with a constant automatic pilot that allows us to respond to the speed that our routines have today. We seldom stop to ask ourselves how do I feel? and it is even less likely that we tolerate well the emotions that we badly call negative, that bother us, but that, as I explain in the book, are necessary.? Doesn't that much look at us make us lose sight of those around us? There is a phrase in the book that says: "Thinking of me is not selfishness, it is coherence." Attending to our needs is necessary to cultivate emotional well-being; This does not imply forgetting or losing sight of those around us, but it does mean keeping in mind that in order to take care, we first need to take care of ourselves. Of all the topics you touch on in the book, which one would you say is the most critical? What is the subject with the most failures in terms of self-care, according to your perception? One of the chapters that I consider the most important is the one dedicated to emotions, five (although it would also include four: 'My inner pepito cricket' and seven , 'The relationship with our body'). If we talk about healthy eating, taking care of our body with creams,or to take care of our hair, we all have tips and routines very much in mind. However, if we understand our emotional well-being by self-care and this includes tolerating emotions that can make us uncomfortable, learning to live with our body, reducing self-criticism ... the matter sounds much less to us and it seems somewhat distant and tremendously difficult. However, they are things that are also part of self-care behaviors.Among other issues, you deal with a particularly thorny one that is self-image, capable of triggering disorders such as anorexia or generating a chronic dissatisfaction with our body. Can we really change the perception we have of our body without spending years in therapy? The relationship with our body can be affected by our entire life history, circumstances, culture,the ideal of thinness ... On many occasions, feeling comfortable with our image and that the perception of it is not altered may need psychological treatment, and nothing happens! Just as when a tooth begins to bother, we go to the dentist without waiting for it to fall out or for an infection to develop, in psychology asking for help as prevention would be one of the protective factors that we could most simply put in place. In your book, what would give you more satisfaction if it remained as a legacy in your readers? Without a doubt, I would feel very lucky if readers could understand all the variables that influence the relationship with ourselves and if they could ask for help if they needed it, being able to reflect on how they feel and how their inner world is.Don't you think we are facing a new slavery with regard to 'healthy food'? At the food level, a word that I consider key is flexibility. It is appropriate that our eating habits are healthy physically, but also for our well-being in mental health. If my eating patterns or routines are a recurring and invalidating worry and thought for me, then it is not healthy and perhaps it is better to rethink what we need. If there is a lasting obsession in the female universe, no matter how much we write about it, it is weight . Is there a 'cure' for that obsession? How is it possible that in the XXI century we are still prisoners of an ideal that is often impossible to fulfill, such as the perfect weight? THE ideal of thinness, aesthetics loaded with perfection,the demands (especially of women) in this field have weighed on us for many, many years. The idea of ​​body diversity sells much less than making us believe that various products, creams or miracle diets will make us have that body that promises to make us feel super happy. The catch is that, normally, even if we change aesthetically, the demands will continue to be maintained and the happiness obtained will be in the very short term. Have you ever been a victim of these yokes yourself? How did you get rid of them? Like most of the adolescent population, I felt at that time that I had to maintain a certain weight to fit and like. However, I have not been the victim of too much pressure in this regard, since my physical complexion fits a pattern considered more normative. However,During my 10 years of experience as a psychologist working in this field I have noticed how many women (whatever their weight) have suffered in this regard. We cannot forget that people with larger bodies are the most exposed to suffer the consequences of this culture of thinness.

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