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Body Positivity 101

What is body positivity?

Body positivity refers to the assertion that all people deserve to have a positive body image, regardless of how society and popular culture view ideal shape, size, and appearance.

Body positivity is an increasingly popular movement. There are so many different definitions for what the body positive movement means. It can mean:

  • Appreciating your body in spite of flaws
  • Feeling confident about your body
  • Loving yourself
  • Accepting your body’s shape and size

Body positivity also means enjoying the body you have and not beating yourself up over changes that happen naturally due to aging, pregnancy, or lifestyle choices.

The more I work with women, the more I become aware how much diet culture and society’s view, on what a woman should be is so messed up. The more aware I am, of the devastating impact diet culture has on women. Diet culture controls more than just the food we eat, it controls our femininity, our self-esteem, body image and our womanhood. Diet culture keeps women small, undermined, unseen and unheard by the very industry that, is supposed to empower women to be a better version of themselves.

A woman’s self-worth is not governed by her dress size, her ability to ignore her hunger, her ability to get up 2 hours before her family, just to fit in a workout, her ability to fast all week, only to feel shitty about eventually giving into her hunger.

How many hours have you as a woman given up to staying ‘on track’? How may hours have you wasted counting every calorie you eat, pushing yourself so hard at the gym that you become exhausted and obsessed, how many hours have you spent feeling guilty and full of self-loathing, just because you can’t fit in your workout? How many social occasions have you dreaded because you weren’t sure of the food that would be food available, it’s f’*kin food!!

How many times have you ran on the treadmill for hours because you were going for a pizza or a date night? Who told us that it’s normal to live this way, who told us that we could not trust our own bodies and make decisions based on our hunger, our pleasure, our satisfaction?

Body Positivity, woman looking in mirror
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In a society where food is plenty and choices are fully available, why do we restrict our instinct to survive and push away or enjoyment of food? We evolved with taste buds and pleasure receptors to help us survive, but we have been told to ignore them for so long we have forgotten how to eat.

The truth is, you will never take control of your body until you kick diet culture to the kerb. Until you ditch diets and the pursuit of weight loss you will never take control. It doesn’t matter how amazing the diet is, how much you enjoy your workouts, when you stop or when life gets in the way, you will revert back to your normal, because it was a diet and diets don’t work long term. Body positivity helps you to take back control of your body, take back your life and ditch diets for good!

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