I recently saw the move The Greatest Showman (in fact I loved it so much I watched it twice and bought the soundtrack). I found the messages in the movie both inspiring and powerful. Simply put, love yourself and your own uniqueness, and don’t let other people’s opinions of you determine your self- worth. We are all special and have our own sets of gifts, challenges, talents and struggles.
This also got me thinking of the body positive movement that has gain so much need traction lately . The body positive movement has gain mass popularity and is inspiring women (and men) around the globe to embrace their bodies and their uniqueness. So what does being body positive mean to me? I think it means accepting where you are today right here and right now, even if you are not quite where you want to be in regards to your weight goals. It means understand that your body is magnificent. It houses your soul, allows you to carry out your life passion, move about your day, see, taste and smell. It allows you to care for your family, hold your baby, laugh with your friends, build a business, and it’s glorious.
One of the many upsides to loving your body is that once you become in awe with what it does for you on a daily bases, you will want to eat healthier. You will naturally want to nourish it and give it food to help you thrive. You may even lose weight as your body becomes stronger and healthier.
Once I accepted and embraced my body shape and weight and let go of the idea that I was ever going to be as skinny as when I was a teenager, or those models or actors on TV, miraculous things started happening in my life. I gained more clarity and focus in my business, my energy, self -esteem and sex life started to rocket, and people kept commenting on how I glowed. I even started to naturally lose weigh because I was more focused on nourishing my body instead of depriving it.
However, the body positive movement is not an excuse to overindulge in unhealthy foods all the time. That is actually abusive to the wonderful gift that God or the Universe (or whatever name use) has given you. Of course indulging is ok and an important part of life. But, please do not use accepting your body as an excuse to constantly harm it with food that zaps your energy and life force. As with anything in life we need to strike a balance, and loving your body, listening to your intuition and eating healthy most of the time, will make that a possibility.