In some of the circles I travel, it’s highly controversial whether we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic as is frequently stated by the media and other sources.
I think there are few questions, however, about an epidemic of body hatred. And that it may well be a major contributor to the eating and weight struggles many of us experience.
What’s clear from our work at Green Mountain is that our ability to consistently take care of ourselves — which is what’s required to achieve and maintain a healthy weight — depends on being moved to nurture our bodies. Because how we feel about our bodies has a major impact on our drive to exercise regularly, eat well and fully participate in life. That last bit is important because it gives us purpose, energy, makes us feel alive, helps us stay balanced.
Someone tweeted the other day asking what my #1 wellness mantra is. I thought about it and answered, “I love my body.” When I say those words, I feel a sense of calm. I think of my body more gently. I treat it better.
My body is far from perfect (whatever that is). But my attitude towards it makes all the difference in how I take care of myself.
Is it easy or hard for you to say “I love my body” and mean it? Does anyone else feel a sense of calm after they say those words? If not, how does saying it make you feel?