Women were asked to write about their relationship with their mother or children and how it has shaped their attitudes towards food and their bodies.
The winning entry by Lauren Herskovic of College Candy touched us because of it’s honesty and humour. In Lauren’s reflections, we meet a mother who was never ashamed of her body and managed to instill the same confidence in her daughter. Nobody’s perfect. But the idea is to live with imperfection and be proud of who you are.
“My mother taught me that my body was my body and it was never something to be ashamed of,” writes Lauren. “She never forced me to eat fruit instead of a brownie, or put me on a diet before I was ready. She didn’t want me to grow up thinking she didn’t like me the way that I was. She always just told me I was beautiful.”
You can read the full post on College Candy.
Congratulations, Lauren, for reminding us of the freedom we can have when we grow up without body shame. Your post is a testament to the importance of unconditional support, self-nurturing and a lot of fun! Please get in touch with us to arrange your prize — a weeklong stay at our healthy weight loss retreat, Green Mountain at Fox Run!
And to our other applicants, thanks for taking the time to enter our contest and to reflect on family relationships. All of your stories are important. They teach us how we become the people we are and empower us to keep the good influences and try to change negative patterns.
Lastly, we tip our hats to all the moms out there who try every day to instill in their daughters a healthy sense of self. It’s not easy, but the rewards can be lifelong.
For more information and parental advice about modeling a healthy body image, see our recent interview with Dara Chadwick, author or You’d be So Pretty If…, and our FitBriefing Feeding Our Daughters (& Sons) Well.