I have a LOT to say about my own body image (here, and here, and here). It seems to be a hot topic in the community right now – we moved from “low-carb” to “safe starches” to women’s health and body image considerations, and I’m happy to stay here for as long as we care to continue the discussion.
I’ve come to believe, in a nutshell, that everyone just needs to nourish themselves well (with good food and functional movement) and love their body for whatever that self-care enables. We’re too worried about lowering body fat percentage and “leaning out,” and usually not for health reasons. It’s usually socially-inspired vanity. The “I-want-to-be-different” self-talk, and the obsessive dietary behavior that comes with it, can jump in a lake. Allow your body to be whatever it is when it’s well cared for. Love it there. Redefine our ill-conceived, trend-dependent concept of “perfect.”
When I have a few minutes, I’ll surely write more – but I wanted to share this ad mined from Food Renegade’s facebook page. Interesting, no? There is plenty going on here – I ask that you disregard what the ad is actually advertising - but I did want to put my thoughts out there. As stated on my facebook page:
WHATEVER your shape, if you’re well-nourished and practice smart self-care, you are beautiful and perfect EXACTLY as you are. That said, this photo is interesting…I see my own body type in the photo on the right!
And truly, even if you AREN’T well-nourished and you DON’T practice smart self-care, I’d still say that if your intentions are good, and you truly desire good things for yourself, you are as beautiful as they come
Care to join the conversation? Come on over to facebook, or leave your ideas in the comments.