Monday, 17 July 2017

Loving Your Body vs Your Physical Appearance

Of all the posts I have written on my blog over the past seven years, the one that gets most traffic is on how we can use a combination of energy healing and exercise to clear stubborn fat and cellulite from the physical and emotional body (Read It Here). 

As far as weight loss is concerned, learning to deal with my emotions helped loads, and when I combined that with healing workouts to release emotional or mental baggage, well voila! I was happy with my size and shape (a BMI of 21, which is on the lower end of the recommended 18.5 to 25), even if I wasn't stick thin and I didn't need to be.  

So I fully accepted my physical appearance and also felt that my weight gave me license to treat myself to a varied diet where no foods were off limits. This had been my approach for 12 years. Fun for a chocaholic with a sweet tooth that knows no boundaries. My rationale had always been: if I am relatively fit and I work out, why not? (And indeed, why not???) Balance is Bliss... 




Then a few months ago, I was standing in line at the supermarket when I saw a Ding Dong. I was just about to put one in my basket when my inner voice came in with a timely message: 


This isn't loving your body


WOW! Ever since I have been pondering on the distinction between loving your physical appearance - a self-love that can be tested by fashion magazines, the media and by beauty standards that are in no way based on human anatomy - and actually loving your physical body, which probably includes the former, but goes far beyond that. 

Being loving and kind to your physical body means paying attention to your nutrition, getting enough exercise and sleep, but also keeping an eye on our thoughts (as stress can lead to disease), and listening to our emotions so that none of the baggage plays out physically.

So yes, I've cut back on sugar but I am also still eating foods I love - for example, unsweetened nut and peanut butters (they drive me crazy). My energy levels are higher, I find it easier to meditate and listen to my intuition. I also lost nearly two dress sizes, not because I wanted to, but because it was the natural result of me doing what is good for my body. And with my history of DVT, that involves the annoying but necessary task of going to the gym every day... 

This is where I am now. Appreciate it is rather late in the game for this healer, but I have never been one to jump on a health fad just because everyone says so (I have yet to stray from carbs or gluten). Also, I like to share what works for me, and loving my body is working for me =) 



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