You know that feeling when you watch (or read) something that somehow reaches directly inside of you and touches you at the very depth of your soul?
That’s exactly what happened to me when I watched the ‘Embrace’ trailer (see below).
Body LOVE and self acceptance (or should I say, lack of) is so much of what has led me to do what I do today.
I grew up hating my body and constantly trying to change myself. I day dreamed about being someone else. I compared myself constantly to the images I saw in the media and believed with the deepest part of my being that if I could only lose weight and have ‘the perfect body’, life would be better. I would be better. I would be, well…. OK.
So, I dieted constantly.
I hid. I binge ate. I was ashamed.
I had no sense of my inherent value. And no real knowing of how to access it.
All I knew was that I wanted to FEEL differently. I wanted to be OK. And at the time I had no idea that my body wasn’t causing my pain, rather my thoughts about my body was where the work needed to be done.
So I went on to study fitness and nutrition, still convinced that my answers would be found by changing my body. But after having years worth of scientific knowledge, I still struggled with my weight and beliefs about my body. I knew there had to be something else.
Enter the following years studying integrative nutrition, eating psychology, the mental and emotional aspects of weight loss, and life coaching I finally began to find the answers I so desperately wanted.
Now as a near 40 year old women, I am so far beyond the girl who was so afraid to just be herself and if I can use my experiences to help just one more woman (or girl) then my journey feels somehow less in vain.
My intention in the kitchen is to create a sense of ease, relaxation and celebration around real, whole, delicious foods. I want people to be excited to eat and cook amazing food not because they should change their bodies or ‘need to be healthy’ but because it’s fun and delicious and FEELS good.
We are sold a ‘bill of goods’ when it comes to our bodies and our body image. We are taught that our bodies are accessories, a big fat ornament to be decorated and dolled up and that our value lies skin deep. But our bodies are so much more. They are vehicles to carry us to live our dreams and have and enjoy this amazing life while we can.
I’m still learning everyday.
I’ve watched the video 5x and cried each time.
I want more for women. I want more for myself. And I want more for my daughter. And I KNOW that this documanrtay is going to change the lives of so many.
So I donated to Embrace – The Documentary That Will Create Global Change and I just wanted to share its power with each of you.