I am a woman and I have spent the majority of my 20's determined to NOT love my body. There has always been "something" that I wanted to improve, shrink, tighten, lose, etc. I, like most women, created a mythical 10 lbs that if "lost" I would magically become my ideal self. Surprise, surprise... I NEVER LOST IT and I never accepted my body. I could go into a thousand variations of the same story but I am pretty sure you know exactly what I am talking about.So HOW do I CREATE my DREAM bod? I see it as a two part process: Accepting myself and rejecting the story that was sold to me about BEAUTY and WEIGHT LOSS.

It starts with understanding that I have an IDEAL self, a creation in my mind and an ACTUAL self, who I am today. According to Carl Rogers, one of my personal favorite humanistic psychologists, the closer we get these two together, the closer we get to self approval. This is literally the opposite message of the weight loss industry. The weight loss industry thrives off of the gap between our ideal and actual selves. Here are just a few statistics that made me nauseous.

$20 billion = the annual revenue of the weight loss industry in the US$108 million = number of dieters in the US

85% = dieters that are woman

$500,000 - $3 million = average salary paid to celebrities to endorse major weight loss products

I guess what I am saying is the perfect body is a fracture of our collective imaginations and accepting my body today is MY CHOICE. I GET to choose that I am BEAUTIFUL today and that is HOW I create my DREAM bod! This is not just one CHOICE, this is a choice we get to make EVERYDAY.

I asked my-sister-in-law last night what it would be like for my 1 year old niece, her daughter, to see her looking in the mirror and saying "I am beautiful" and meaning it. TO BE clear, NOT saying her daughter is beautiful, but that SHE herself is beautiful. IT stopped my sister-in-law in her tracks. She looked at me and said, "I would love for MY MOM to think she was beautiful.

When did "DIET" become "DIETING"


It seems I can't look up anything about diet or nutrition on the Internet without being hit with at least 5 links laying claim to the best form of dieting. Interestingly enough the "diet" industry in the USA is a 15 billion dollar a year industry, yet obesity and diseases caused by poor diet continues to rise, obviously, SOMETHING is not working.

DIETING. ("Fit for Life" by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond). There are 3 simple dietary choices you can make daily that will make it easy to remain healthy and not deprive yourself.

  1. TAKE back your body from your TASTE buds! Eat to live, not live to eat... it's okay to have a rich meal once in a while with friends! But for all those other meals and snacks, eat for your body by
  2. Eating a diet rich in LIVE/FRESH fruits and vegetables, as close to fresh as you can do it! SO NO canned, deep fried, fried, etc Also best to go for fruits/veggies that are:*Organic, local and in season (more nutritious and less travel time)*The more alive your food is, the more nutrients you will absorb
  3. Properly HYDRATE! At least 64 fl oz. of water a day. A normal glass of water is about 8 fl oz, therefore at least 8 glasses of water a day.

Most importantly: LAUGH, EAT and ENJOY LIFE

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