Two posts in one day, I don't have work, it's a beautiful day and Summer's babies are sleeping, hence my only playmates are sleeping. Sad, but entirely true. Anyway, I just wanted to post something a bit more serious and closer to home. This is something I'm very passionate about, so I hope my amateur writing can do my thoughts justice. I know that I have talked about body image before and how vastly important it is to living a happy life, but this is a smidge different. A huge part of my life right now is the fact that I'm in school. Many of you know that I'm going into a Exercise and Sport Science field with an emphasis in nutrition. When I first began my degree I knew it was right for me because I have a passion for being active and had a huge desire to help the 'obesity epidemic.' While I still love being active and learning about the body, I have come to find that my area of interest has shifted a tad. While I do believe our society has a huge problem with weight and physical activity, I have come to realize that, in my opinion, it is less of a 'they're lazy and need a kick in the butt,' as it is that our society has a distinct and debilitating bad relationship with food and overall themselves. I had a class this past semester that has changed my life and it is based off of the book above. It is all about learning to listen to your body and having a good relationship with food. I have realized that while obesity is on the rise, so are eating disorders, and their statistics are beating obesity's by a substantial amount. I want so badly to be apart of a movement that creates a better relationship with food and the outlook on our bodies. I HATE diets, I hate them and I'm sorry if you're currently on one, I wish you luck, but I think they are asinine and the worst invention our insecure society has worked up.There's an obsession with thinness and eating only healthy and it's killing us at almost as fast a rate as obesity If we could just learn to listen to our bodies we would know what our body needs, how much and when. We all have this demon inside of us called 'the food police' that tells us what foods are 'good' and 'bad.' This constant guilt trip we give ourselves is exhausting and entirely stupid. I'll stop my soap box now cause I can tell I'm getting worked up, as I often do when I get on this subject, but if I could seriously get even one person to read these books I know the difference it can make. I am currently not even close to being good at this. I'm new to the whole thing, but once you read it, it is so common sensical it's embarrassing that it's not habit. If you have even a remotely bad relationship with food I beg of you to research the idea of intuitive eating and seriously work on accepting that our bodies know what is best for us....we just need to listen. If anyone has questions on food or exercise I have a passion for this field and would love to help if I can. If I don't know the answer I have amazing resources at my finger tips right now and I would love to find out for you. I hope I don't sound preachy or annoying, I just really think our relationship with food and physical activity is important, and I think there are a lot of voices out there proclaiming falsehoods and building insecurities in beautiful people. I have gained a totally new perspective on body image and my bias's and how I treat food, I hope even these small books can help even in a tiny way.
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