Life is a constant evolving journey.
We count on the fact that change occurs daily. We learn. We grow. We build a new foundation daily.
For some change can be compared to something as painful as going to the dentist, others can thrive on a new challenge. I believe that our world can only exist with an ever-changing existence to constantly attempt to better its self.
Lately, I have been deeply saddened in areas where I am not seeing such changes that are particularly important to me, not to say there haven’t been any, but there does need to be more.
The gift of our bodies; how we treat them, care for them, speak of them, nurture them and take pride in their power and strength as God intended. Why are we losing this simple clarity once again?
I am seeing increasingly in social media a serious lack of understanding and education of this concept I knew I needed to speak up. The insanity of thinking one can lose 20lbs through a ‘fat cleanse’ or ‘wrap.’ The one exercise or diet that will flatten this or that on your body. But, worse, how we are still negatively speaking about our bodies in front of others, especially children. We don’t need to give our children of today any more ways to make their lives harder than they already are!
The shaming is hideous. The lack of responsibility is appalling. The bottom line of misinformation is infuriating.
FAT is not a four-letter word. It is not a bad word. It is not a word we need to eliminate from our vocabulary! One can just be fat end of the story. We are the ones telling kids it’s ‘bad’ or ‘wrong.’ Get over it already, it’s a word! All bodies, shapes, and sizes are beautiful. And when you begin to try to dissect words such as fat or obese you are telling people of all ages that they must be ashamed of their body.
There has been an injustice to our society by focusing so much on obesity in the last decade, for they have wounded lives, sent people into eating disorders, and had people doubt their beauty. The charts for such words are wrong. Today, what you may see as fat or obese could often be as healthy as someone simply smaller than that person! You can’t judge a person’s health by looking at them.
We live in a day and age of body acceptance, so why are we back tracking to such nonsense in diets, fat solutions and desperate body torture? Embrace the life that you want! Eat the foods that make you happy! Move your bodies as you wish. Take personal responsibility for this temple that was given to you at birth, but there is no need to take it to any extreme level. Moderation and balance are the words of our time. We live in a day and age of amazing food lifestyles! When you go to the extreme, you are simply missing out on the gift of living a real journey.
Our bodies are a gift; they are our vessels that move us through this one amazing life. What our bodies can accomplish on a given day when treated properly is amazing!
It is our responsibility to ourselves, our children and those suffering in our world with REAL issues to take a step back and find acceptance for who we are, how we are in this moment.
If we used all the money made from diet products, schemes, advertising, we could solve the hunger issues in this world.
Eating disorders are a serious business. I struggled for 14 years and nearly died because of all this language, media and nonsense that fed my illness. I will not let my children or anyone else forget that their worth, their strength, their power and beauty lie not in numbers, shapes, sizes, diets, schemes or exercise routines, but rather in what they accomplish in this life by using those gifts, their voice and stretching their minds to embrace LIFE, embrace BEAUTY and define their own JOURNEY!
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Andrea creates, builds, and offers her teachings and hands on life tools based on her journey healing her body image after a 14yr battle and life of trauma. Her vision always is to help others live a full life with the journey they are given.