Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Love Yourself/Love Food if You Wanna


I don't know if you noticed but it wasn't one of my resolutions this year to weigh a certain number on the scale. I didn't even realize it until a few hours after I had written the resolutions down. I mean, what's going on here? Is something happening to me? I then I realized it.

This is not a blog about being thin for thin's sake.

This is not a blog for people who are Pro-Anna. Or Mia, or any other f-ed up sh&#.

This is a blog for people who love food. And themselves.

So make no mistake, my purpose here is not to be the skinniest I can be nor to wear a size 2. My purpose is to find my groove, and part of finding my groove is finding peace with food. Because I LOVE FOOD and I want food to love me back. I want to feel my best every day. I want to live an extraordinary life. That, and I really don't want to get diabetes, heart disease, or the dreaded cancer that runs so rampantly in my family. I want to be healthy for health's sake. And if I need to lose weight to be at my best health, then that's important for me.

Do I care if I gain weight? Heck yeah! The reality is that for me to be my best version of myself, I could lose a few. It's taken me a LONG time to learn the following thing: the scale can be my friend. For years I have alternated between weighting myself every day and then not weighing myself at all for long periods of time. And guess what happened when I wasn't weighing myself? But now I look at the scale a little differently--it's FEEDBACK, not failure.

The following video is not me (I do not have these kind of cahones!), but this is important for everyone to watch:

Tell me you don't feel good after watching that!

I grew up loving food. Healthy food and unhealthy food. It didn't matter which. I wanted to eat more than I needed to eat. Why? I don't know and I don't care. It is what it is. And I believe that food should be enjoyed. Otherwise, we would have been created without a need for food to survive, maybe a pill that we could take once a day to keep us going. Sounds awful, right? But we weren't created that way. We need food, regularly.  So it shouldn't be a struggle, it should be a blessing to shop and cook and enjoy beautiful meals.

Do you struggle with your body image? WHO DOESN'T???? Than the following blog is for you: http://medicinalmarzipan.com/. Just reading Mara's words brings me peace.

What is on your New Year's Resolutions list? Or do you not have a list?

Do you want to lose weight? If yes, why?

If not, why is eating healthy important to you?


Anonymous said...

Loved the video! Oh my gosh, what an amazing chick to do this on the web, cuz it may end up with a million hits. (which would be a good thing!) You go girl....Every women in America, who isn't a "skinny chick" should watch this! But just remember, be healthy and happy, that's all that matters! Happy new year! Michelle S.

Jessica said...

Thanks! I was at the doctor last month and she told me I look great and am in great shape. I told her that I have a friend who is really in great shape- she is a marathon runner. My doctor stopped me right there and said: she has a certain body because she is a marathon runner. It is not your body. Your body is great the way it is. We need some mind shifting...this girl said it all!!

SunnyHawk said...

Love it....(and yea, cahones for sure! I agree and think she's f'ing awesome too!).
I thought about you and this blog last night when I overate (I just love Rip's mac not cheese waaaayyy too much) and I was about sick on it. Funny it didn't seem like I was overeating, but I think I require less food now and my body is not wasting any time in FEEDING BACK to me...uh, hey, 'cuse me....you are stuffing me!!!
Biggest resolution: Consistency. For me. In all things I do. If I would only be consistent, there would be no stopping me.

Thanks, Wendy. You DO have cajones...to even have this blog.

Sue (I am f'ing awesome) in Ohio

JL goes Vegan said...

This is a great post! I've seen far more Blog Resolution posts about dieting, losing weight, signing up for marathons, etc. Not there is anything wrong with those things but it is nice to see resolutions about self-acceptance and not necessarily about "changing" something. Maybe we're all good right now, just the way we are?!

Happy New Year!

Marzipan said...

THANK YOU. And let me just tell you, I love this post. Xoxo

Bethan said...

That video is AMAZING! Who is she? We need more people like her!

My new years resolution is to loose weight, but only so that I become healthier and more comfortable within myself, I am never going to be a size 10 (US 4 i think...?)I just want to be proud of a normal sized body. I want to eat well because I am sick of eating foods that are empty and artifical and make me feel awful. I love good food, the kind that keeps you satisfied and nourished.


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