This blog is a little taboo. But I’d be doing a disservice if I wasn’t totally honest about the topic of body positivity. Honestly, I’m split on the concept.
Obviously self love is at the top of my list of advice. It’s everything. It’s legit all we need to radically transform our lives in every single way. But.. I’m not entirely convinced that body positivity necessarily equals self love.
Allow me to explain.
Loving your body is so critically important to our well-being. And it’s a hard thing to do. Social media, advertising and all the other BS has convinced us that we need to look a certain way to be acceptable. Which is total and utter bullshit. We are lovable as we are, on our worst case, with our cellulite. Period.
So why would I be such a passionate advocate for self love but not necessarily for body positivity?
While I completely agree with putting a middle finger up in the air to media for telling us how to look, I believe people should always strive to be healthy. Not lean, or fit, or skinny; but healthy.
I see photos of women who appear unhealthy claiming to be “body positive” and it sends a mixed message. Accepting your body is very good, abusing it is not.
In my opinion, being body positive is more than just accepting your body, it is honouring it. It is making an effort to show your body love, by treating it to healthy foods, regular activity, responsible resting and managing your stress.
Not by eating whatever you want, being sedentary and claiming that you love your body. Your actions speak louder than words and so I am sending this blog out into the interwebs to try to promote a fresh new body positive ideology.
One that not only speaks of self love, but embodies it.
We have one body, and that body needs to last us a lifetime. Are you working towards your body’s longevity or instant gratification?
Accepting your body and doing your best to keep it healthy is body positive. Using body positivity to avoid the responsibility of taking care of your body is dangerous and damaging to your well-being.
When you truly love yourself, you take care of yourself.
You make decisions for your well-being, for your health and for your happiness. Sometimes saying yes to cake is a radical act of self love, and other times saying no is a radical act, too.
90% of the serotonin produced in our bodies is created in our gut. So what we eat matters.
We are made of about 50% water, so how much water we drink matters.
We are built to move, so how active we are matters.
If you want to start feeling healthy, alive and thriving - get body positive and start showing your temple some serious love. Nurture it, because it is the only place we have to live. And start today.
Life does not need to be extreme. It’s not an all or nothing world. It’s us waking up each day, taking thousands of steps and trying to make a few in the direction of our well-being. And if you take a few steps you’re not proud of, don’t dwell on it, for there are thousands more you get to take.
So make the next one count!
What do you think about body positive? Comment down below and share your thoughts.
Sending love & light,