I’ve done a fair amount of body bashin’ and I’ve not been on this planet for very long. Since being about 9 I thought that it was normal to have things about your body that you complain about. Things you feel uncomfortable with. Things you maybe even hate.
Even if you’ve been brought up to have a very healthy body image, the society we live in is so crammed full of messages about diets and such like, that after a while it all gets a bit tiresome.
You know what? It is tiring. I get sick of constantly having things with my body that I’m not happy with, and sick of having this mental cloud over my ability to see my progress.
Anyway, I was reflecting on this yesterday after having a conversation with my friend about eating clean.
It is so common for people have unhealthy relationships with food, and the worst thing is so many people don’t even realise that their relationship with food is unhealthy. Don’t you worry either, I’m not preachin’ I’m simply spewing thoughts out onto the page, and maybe you’ll find it interesting/debatable…
When I was at secondary school I had a terrible relationship with food, and it took me so long to realise that if you’re eating/not eating/cutting out certain foods and you’re feeling crap then you probably shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing.
I’m not even talking about eating disorders… that’s a whole different ballpark that I don’t think I even begin to write about. I’m talking about all these fad diets that fly around. If you want an online source you might find interesting about eating disorders, beat is a good one, here.
If you’re trying to follow a particular diet and you’re feeling grumpy, tired, run down, starving…
Your body is complaining because you’re not looking after it properly. It’s not ‘no pain no gain’ when it comes to food, and so many people put their bodies through unnecessary diets for whatever reason.
I know from previous experiences that if you’re feeling guilty about eating something that is considered ‘bad’, or you are seeing food as a hassle or an enemy to your weight loss then it’s time to kind of readjust your perspective. Food should be exciting, it should be a way to be creative. I see my mealtimes now as an exciting way to develop new recipes, a way to give my body the nutrition that it needs. That way, when I do treat myself to something that’s not as nutritious, I don’t feel guilty about it because I know that whilst lean meats and vegetables are good for the body, cake and burgers are good for the soul (it’s true).
I really felt motivated to write this post because I really worry about people that I love and care about thinking about themselves negatively, and turning to crappy diets because they get quick results. Some of you have been reading my blog for a really long time, and I see you as my online friends – I’d hate for anyone that comes into this online environment to be feeling like this. I’ve literally tried every diet under the sun, but only when I started seriously seeing food as nutrition rather than an enemy, did I start feeling happy and develop something more substantial.