One of the most typical questions I hear when talking to people about body understanding and acceptance is, “Where do I even start?”
And I get it. I know what it’s like to know that what I’m doing isn’t working, but I don’t have the next step in my sights yet.
For much of my life, all I knew was restriction, hunger, and a paralyzing fear of gaining weight. I was certain that if I stayed small, everything else would be ok.
Feeling hungry and empty felt NORMAL, for goodness sake! I worked so hard to count calories, points, carbs, and everything else to ensure that my body’s size didn’t change.
I understand now that our bodies aren’t made to work that way and that the culture we live in encourages us to fight tooth and nail against our bodies’ natural cycles by requiring us to “control” our weight.
That understanding didn’t happen overnight, though, so I know what it’s like to be at my wit’s end, worried and afraid of what was coming next. That moment occurred the moment I quit lying.
All it took was one question with a raised eyebrow from a loving boyfriend: “Did you eat enough today?”
My first answer was a big fat lie: “Of course I did.”
Then I felt the light of Truth shining down with a love and warmth and brightness I could no longer ignore, and it all came pouring out. “No.” No I hadn’t eaten today or for many weeks prior.
I knew things were about to change. And that scared the hell out of me.
But here’s the thing: I was OK. With support, patience, and compassion, from others and myself, I began to accept myself in a new way. A way that feels authentic and rooted in Truth. My yoga practice, along with my love of biology and science have also been major influences on my process
And though it’s no longer a struggle, yes it’s a daily practice.
My 5 Big Truths series is a simple nudge toward changing your thinking. It’s a Cliff’s Notes version of the new understanding that’s grown out of my own process of recovering my power, trusting my body, and accepting my body as a divine being rather than a cumbersome “fixer upper” project.
My 5 Big Truths That Will Change Everything are:
- We’re made to change.
- We’re made to move.
- Food is our friend.
- Fat is our friend.
- Diet culture ain’t your friend.
Let those words wash over you. Bathe in their Truth. See what falls away.
And if you want to know more about each of these, I’ll encourage you to receive my 5 Big Truths series. It’s free, it’s easy, and it may just change everything. Get it here.