True Beauty


"Beauty radiates from within when you’re kind of heart
and full of love and happiness."  Roxanne Lowit, Photographer

I saw this quote on the email signature of a colleague who works with eating disordered clients.  You don’t have to have an eating disorder to relate.  Just about any woman in our society gets the point.  But when it comes to the struggle with eating and weight, we know it’s often kicked off by concerns about how we look to others, or at the least, exacerbated by those concerns.  What we often don’t realize, though, is that our own opinions about our bodies – how we look, whether we’re the exact ‘right’ shape, our lack of size and self acceptance – may have more impact on our struggle.  It’s whether we buy into the beauty myth. Another favorite quote that applies:  “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

I can remember an old boyfriend who was so handsome.  After a few years with him, I couldn’t see the handsomeness anymore.  When I looked at him, I only saw his inside, which wasn’t so pretty. 

It’s easy to write about how we need to look inside to see the true beauty in folks.  And it’s hard to keep those thoughts top of mind in today’s world.  Still, it’s worth the effort. 

2 responses to “True Beauty”

  1. Jane says:

    Yay! I love Eleanor!!

  2. Marsha says:

    Me, too!

About the Author

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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