Raw food and Body Image: what do you love about yourself?
Because this forum is about food (it is in many ways a diet forum), i also notice that there's a bit of emphasis on body image, weight loss, etc. Sometimes I feel pangs of empathy and pain when I see people struggling with body image even as they embrace a healthy lifestyle. Empathy, because I have always dealt with body image issues, pain because I don't wish that kind of psychological hardship on anyone including myself.
I just experienced a really wonderful moment. I was undressing for a shower and I happened to glance in the mirror and instead of the nagging voice that says "Oh, you're kind of fat" or whatever it usually says, I was struck by how beautiful I was. I was beautiful and unique and funny and idiosyncratic in my build, in the shape of my face and hair and my stomach and arms and legs. I was overcome by a tender love. You know when you're in love with someone and even their imperfections become beautiful and cherished? That was how I suddenly felt about myself, like I didn't want me to change. I was just totally happy with me.
I have to attribute some of this to my new way of eating and thinking. I haven't lost weight and I don't think I've changed much outwardly since going raw, but I HAVE noticed a HUGE change in my attitude, mood, outlook -- I'm just happier! And tonight it manifested in self esteem, in a very cute and funny patient love for myself, freckles fat and all.
I wanted to share this feeling and maybe start a thread based on what we LOVE about ourselves, as opposed to what we wish to change or heal or make better -- it could be what we love about our bodies, or our minds, our relationships, our skills or our souls. What do you love about you?
Thank you for this wonderful thread
Our bodies are so much more than just fat amount or muscle shape.
Actually I have my rampage of gratitude for my body on Abe forum, where I write regularly, here are the snipets from it.
I love my body for:
feeling so comfortable and healthy
bringing me from place to place
allowing me to feel physical pleasures like touch, taste, smell, sight, movement, sounds
being so dependable
taking care of itself without me putting much thought about it
for all of the parts of my body working in unison- truly best aparatus there is
for my body reacting right away, when I make healthy choices - and never scolding me for my previous choices. Always doing the best it can under the conditions.
for loving me always
For my fingers learning quickly new combinations on the guitar, and my voice for singing - I have so much fun with this. I just never realized how much fun my physical body allows me!
I appreciate my body for planting beautiful tomatoe and cucumber seedlings in my community garden plot(and my nose smelling warm soil smell). And then planting some flowers for hummingbirds in my balcony. You, my body, rock! I do so many fun things because of you.
I appreciate the cozy warm feeling my body feels today at home, when outside is sooo coooold and wiiiiindy. And also my warm casmere blend sweater - so soft and incredibly warm
.....I LOVE myself because I am a beautiful and wonderful expression of Source energy expressing in this physical dimension through this wonderful, awesome body.
I appreciate my body healing a cut on my toe so quickly and beautifully.
Also, now when I learned to trust my body, I see how wise it is. Before If wouldn't feel like eating, I would eat anyway just so my metabolism wouldn't slow down, and if I would want ot eat more one day- I would feel bad about doing that too. Now I trust my body to make the best choices, and I feel great. My body is much wiser than experts. And I feel so free. I don't even count repetitions in my work out anymore - my body knows the best how long to do and what that day. Thank you, my gorgeous and wise body!
I appreciate my ears for hearing all the beautiful music and talking, and Daniel's laughter.
I appreciate my hair being so playful in the wind - naughty hair, I love you.
Food is my friend now. And my body is my friend too. Now I trust it to make the best food and other choices. Believe it or not- now my body loves to exercise. I can feel electricity running through my body as I compliment it.
I am in love with my body now!
I appreciate my musles getting stronger- I love feeling my body. I enjoy work out dvd variety I have, so I allow my body to choose any or even a combination of them. It is so much fun to move. I love it!
I love feeling wind on the beach. And my fingers running on the guitar strings.
Hey, my gorgeous body, now we are having fun!