Posts tagged body positivity
#MyBodyIsEnough-Chelsey's Story

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. (Quick refresher:  Type 1 is a genetic disease.  I was born with this gene in my body.  I didn't "eat too many sweets" or "bring this upon myself".  This disease would rear it's ugly head in my body no matter what choices I make / made).  Obviously, my life was thrown into a tail spin - I was a recent college graduate struggling to make ends meet and now I had a life long (and expensive) chronic illness.   I lost a LOT of weight as I was diagnosed (which, ironically, had me feeling great about my body).  For a few months, I had to give myself insulin shots four times a day.  Now I wear an insulin pump (think of it almost like an IV going into my belly - I move the location every three days - connected to a little machine that looks like a pager.  The little machine is full of insulin, which I inject into my body after eating to help me break carbs down).  Since I've been putting these little tubes into my belly every three days for the past six years, my stomach is COVERED in scars!!  I struggle with a lot of things about my body.. The weight I gained back after starting insulin,  all the scars all over my belly and legs from my insulin pump and most of all the fact that my body "failed me" by letting my pancreas die and causing me to need these insulin injections to keep myself alive. 

 

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#MyBodyIsEnough-Lindsay's Story

I have yet to meet a woman who didn’t have some insecurity or “issue” with her body at one point in life. I certainly was one of those women too. I used to HATE my body with a passion. I wanted a curvy, perfectly proportional, hourglass shaped body since I was a young girl. 

I grew up OBSESSED with Barbie dolls. I played with them from pre-school to middle school. (Yes, I was that weird girl still playing with dolls as a pre-teen.) I loved dressing them more than ANYTHING, so I could admire their bodies in different outfits. Their big breasts, tiny waists, curvy hips and long legs were what I dreamed about, thought about and decided I would have as a woman. 

I’m fortunate that my DNA gave me some aspects of the Barbie doll body. I got the long legs and curvy hips part. I, however, did not get the teeny tiny waist (unless of course, I starved myself) or the big breasts part. The teeny tiny waist part never really bothered me. It was the big breasts part that I wanted oh-so very much. 

It wasn’t just Barbie dolls that made me have a desire to have big breasts. I began to notice in middle school that the other girls were developing breasts and I wasn’t. They were all starting their periods too. 

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The Role Eating Plays in Loving Your Body

How to eat? For a question that seems so simple, the answer has become quite needlessly complex. 

When I first became a dietitian, my idea of how to eat was pretty rigid. I had strong beliefs about about when, what and how one should nourish their body. There was a clear right and wrong. 

When I entered practice and started working with other people, I saw that diet rules not only didn’t work, but often backfired. I also started to see the negative effects of diet mentality on my own life. I struggled with so much guilt and shame over what was on my plate. One day it hit me that after six years of training in nutrition, I had no clue how to eat. 

Thankfully I discovered the world of intuitive eating, body positivity and non-diet centered wellness. I completely changed how I practiced, and I how fed and took care of myself. I discovered that the question of how to eat really does have a simple answer – however you damn well please! 

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#MyBodyIsEnough-Laura's Story

What is true beauty for every woman? Is it the woman who physically stands before the mirror, or is it her soul that reflects her struggles, triumphs, dreams, and experiences that have shaped her into the valuable woman she is today? It is quite easy to forget all those personal triumphs and inner self love when we live in a world that has conditioned us to believe that beauty has a particular standard or number. It is very hard to scroll through social media without seeing the newest diets and what you can look like if you tried. You may start to feel less of a person because you don’t look a certain way or have that magic number on the scale or jean size.

What happens next? We diet and exercise to try and achieve the acceptable body image to a point where we can become obsessed with the scale, trying to reaching that goal weight. We develop a very damaging and unhealthy obsession with that number on the scale. We allow that NUMBER to dictate our mood for the rest of the day and most of all, we allow it to define our self-worth and who we are as a person. When we feel lost in whom we are, we can also look to the scale for acceptance.
 

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