There has been lots of dialogue around Body Positivity recently, but what does that really mean?
In todays' culture there is no problem telling us how to take care of ourselves, but not always in ways that are healthy and sustainable. We're constantly bombarded with perfected and altered images of ideal skin and sculpted bodies. Not only is this impractical to obtain and maintain, but it is also an unrealistic ideal based solely on the ego and psychical appearance, making us feel like once we get healthier we will look "better" and that we will be happier once we get "fit".
The bigger picture is that body positivity is all about self love, which come from within.
Over the years, I have had my own ups and downs about my own body image. I always had an athletic build, but during times of high stress, I would do less exercise and would supplement with more unhealthy foods and drink. Eventually adding on extra pounds. There were times I would beat myself up, or feel ashamed. But as I got older I realized, that my inner confidence in myself allowed me to overshadow my shame around my appearance. Overtime, I learned to love myself overweight or not, because I loved WHO I was. I gave myself permission to find happiness and peace.
Through that self-love, I started exercising to get stronger.
Through that self love, I started eating more vegetables.
Through that self love, I allowed myself to eat pizza, or ice cream, or etc...all without judgement or fear
The goal was no longer about losing weight, but how to feed my soul so that I could become the healthiest version of ME...on that day, and as I am!
TOP 7 TIPS TO PROMOTE A BETTER POSITIVE BODY IMAGE WITH SELF LOVE