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As some of you know, several years back I had a bit of an “awakening” so to speak. I became acutely aware of the darkness that I had been living in for about 20 years of my life when it came to food, body, and mental health.
I will always remember the day the awakening happened because it was such a profound moment in my life. A turning point that set me on a new journey that I had never even dreamt of. It was quite literally like a scene out of a movie. LOL!
My own journey out of that darkness lit a fire in me like never before and I started to dive into everything I could surrounding people's relationships to food and body. I wanted to know WHY I had struggled with the issues I had, for so long, and for the most part, completely undetected by others. I also wanted, so desperately, to know that I was not broken. There wasn't something “wrong” with me. Turns out there wasn't, I just needed to dig deep into the self-imposed limiting beliefs that I had given myself.
There is a fascinating psychology around food and body that we are simply not taught growing up, or even as adults. There are very real and painful reasons why people struggle with disordered eating, eating disorders, and body shame. And NONE of them have to do with willpower.
Seriously, if I hear the willpower argument one more time…
Sigh. OK, moving on.
One question that is regularly asked in my new line of work (and one that I also was asking myself when I first started down this path) is:
Does body positivity promote obesity?
Woah, this is a loaded question if there's ever been one. The answers will vary from absolutely not to absolutely yes and every degree in between. Depending on who you follow, you'll see the spectrum.
This is an area that I am pretty passionate about, so I took this question head-on recently over on my health coaching website and you can read that post here. I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on the topic (just make sure to keep them respectful and kind please).
To YOUR health, with love,
P.S. If you have been struggling with unwanted behaviors around food and body, then know you are not alone. Know that this is not a personal issue, it's a cultural issue. Also, know that there is plenty of help out there. In the blog post linked to above, I list out a number of online resources to help you get started on your journey. If you feel like you are ready for some extra support and encouragement, I would love to speak to you about your journey and your desires toward your relationship to food and body. I'll be taking on a handful of new clients later this summer (2017). If you would like to be notified when spots open up, please subscribe to my weekly newsletter here. You'll also receive a complimentary copy of my 21-Day Self-Care Guidebook and weekly emails filled with musings about heart-centered health and healing.