During my run this morning I started thinking how important acceptance is for us to have peace and still be able to get what we want out of life. We are so goal oriented and always working towards something….but we usually forget step one: accepting the “right now”. Whether it is regarding finances, work, family, health or weight. Being in the field of health and nutrition I am going to focus on that in this post.
So many people are unhappy with their bodies. They look at magazines, billboards, and TV and compare themselves to others (particularly those who have been airbrushed and digitally enhanced). And then comes, the negative feelings, guilt, frustration, anger…Both men and women deal with this, and it sucks.
I have had people tell me “you don’t understand because you have never had a weight problem”. No, I have never had a weight problem, but it doesn’t mean I have always accepted my body. You don’t have to be overweight to not like your body. I went through a phase about 15 years ago that I didn’t like my(self) body of whatever reason. And I didn’t treat it with respect. I worked it too hard and focused on putting non-nutritious things in my body. It wasn’t until I started racing in running events and triathlons that I really got it and was able to value it and what it was capable of doing. I finally understood the relationship with food, body, mind and soul. And it wasn’t until I was able to respect myself and the foods that I ate that I really had that peace.
I hear it a lot in my line of work. To say you want to have someone else’s body doesn’t work and will never work. It leaves you feeling worse about your own body. Consider some of the ways you treat things you have that you don’t like or value. Usually those things gets neglected or destroyed.
On the flip side of that. How do you treat the things that you have that you love and value? You take care of it, respect it. Your car or purse or shoes, or even people, your kids?
I get the idea of accepting your body when you are not happy with it seems crazy (and maybe it is). But it comes down to you truly accept that “ok this is the body that God (or who/whatever you believe) gave me”…without the judgement and that it is purely a vessel in which you live. What are you going to do to take care of that vessel that you were given? And the reason why I say vessel is because it allows you to separate YOU from your body. This can allow you to look at it without all the judgement. Your body is something you have, its not you, it doesn’t define you.
How can you take care of your body? What can you do to respect it? And I am not talking setting goals of weight loss and eating less calories to achieve it. Its not picking out one nutrient to avoid or eat more of, its looking at food as a whole. It is looking at what is not only good for the body but also good for the mind and the soul.