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I have a LOT to say about my own body image (here, and here, and here). It seems to be a hot topic in the community right now – we moved from “low-carb” to “safe starches” to women's health and body image considerations, and I'm happy to stay here for as long as we care to continue the discussion.
I've come to believe, in a nutshell, that everyone just needs to nourish themselves well (with good food and functional movement) and love their body for whatever comes from that. We're too worried about lowering body fat percentage and “leaning out,” and usually not for health reasons.
Let's be honest: often we're inspired not by health, but by socially-driven vanity. By the feeling that we're not good enough as we are because we don't look like some photoshopped celebrity. We're driven by the messed-up messages we've been assaulted by since we were young. They drive us, we don't drive us.
The “I-want-to-be-different” self-talk, and the obsessive dietary behavior that comes with it, can jump in a lake. Allow your body to be whatever it is when it's well cared for. Love it there. Redefine our ill-conceived, trend-dependent concept of “perfect.”
I truly believe that WHATEVER your shape, if you're well-nourished and practice smart self-care, you are beautiful and perfect EXACTLY as you are.
And truly, even if you AREN'T well-nourished and you DON'T practice smart self-care, I'd still say that if your intentions are good, and you truly desire good things for yourself, you are as beautiful as they come.
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