Body Obsessed – Where Do We Draw The Line?

June 25, 2009 at 10:48 pm 2 comments

These days it seems we are overloaded with images and news articles about celebrities and their bodies. How much weight they lose, how much weight they gain, how much cellulite they have, the drastic steps they take to lose so much weight. Sometimes it’s easy to ignore these absurd stories and focus on reality. Although at other times, negative thoughts might start to enter our brains and suddenly we are not so happy with our own bodies anymore. An obsession could start and pretty soon we are hating our bodies and only focusing on our imperfections. So how can we stop obsessing, and where do we draw the line?

[It’s easy to become self-absorbed and introspective when there’s nothing else to do or think about.  But if your life is rewarding and if you’re busy doing something worthwhile, matters like appearance start to take more of a back-seat and you will learn to be healthy while naturally get the body you want.]

When You Look In The Mirror, Do You Like What You See?
Is your body image positive or negative? If it’s negative, you are not alone. Most women have a negative body image and obsess about how much they hate their bodies. Obsessing leads to nothing good, and usually the obsessions are purely physical. I say, treat your body like a temple. If you are obsessing about food, focus on consuming foods of the earth. As I am sure many of you have read about “whole, natural, unprocessed” foods. In a way you are what you eat, if you eat loads of crap, your body is going to look crappy. But if you eat foods stripped of chemicals and additives and pure foods, your body will be stripped of unnecessary fat and will be purely amazing.

How Do You Treat Your Body?
It sounds cliche, but if you focus on being healthy, rather than your outward physical self, your body will naturally slim down without you ever obsessing over it. Work with your body like a team mate, and it will work with you. What I mean by that is, treat your body like how you would treat a friend, be kind and considerate but also honest. Be honest with yourself, and do something good for your body – throw all the junk out of your house. It’s called junk for a reason – it’s meant to be in the trash, you wouldn’t give your friend trash would you?

How To Begin Treating Your Body Like A Friend
It’s nearly impossible and almost undoubtedly a guarantee that if you go cold turkey with your eating habits and cut out every bad food right away, that you eventually will screw up and start obsessing again. I have been down that path many times, and let me share what I have learned about finally getting it right after what seems like a million times. Baby Steps. Sounds simple, but it is the only way to work with your body and it makes things so much easier. Patience and baby steps are the key ingredient to staying on track, and once I finally accepted that I needed to take baby steps, it all became simple math. I was finally getting the body I always wanted and it seemed easier than ever, plus I learned to be nice to my body and treat it right.

So How Do I Take Baby Steps?
Diet-wise, I find that the best way to take baby steps is to always add in healthy food with your current diet as it is – never subtract anything. For example, if you currently eat a plate of pasta for dinner, eat the pasta but add in one cup of vegetables, separately or with the pasta dish. I find it is best to eat the vegetables first and then eat the pasta. This way, you don’t feel deprived but you are still eating healthy. Once you begin to exercise intensely regularly, you can slowly start taking out bad foods.

It may sound strange, but all you need to do is simply add in one serving of fruit or vegetables whenever you eat with whatever you eat. Your body will be so used to eating these foods that eventually you will not even want to eat crappy food anymore. If you eat like this, slowly but surely your body will start to look amazing and you will feel amazing on the inside as well.

Summary: Just treat your body like a friend, be nice and give it pure food. If you eat pure, you will have a pure body and you will feel 10x better than you could ever of imagined. If you treat your body right, it will in turn give you the confidence to do what you want to do in life. I believe everyone has the ability to love their body, and once you realize how hard it is to start eating right , it will become easy. No one ever said it would be a walk in the park, but if you eat your fruits and veggies, your body will change and how you view your body will change as well.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kelli  |  June 26, 2009 at 7:23 am

    I agree that when I’m busy with other things I don’t worry about my body so much, HOWEVER, sometimes that not such a good thing. I tend to go overboard with the *bad* foods when I’m not writting everything down. I can quickly jump from 112 pounds to 120 pounds if I stop watching it even for a couple weeks. When I’m obsessed w/ it I look good but feel more confident…but also a little shallow. After all, there are bigger things in the world .

  • 2. admin  |  June 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Kelli, I know exactly what you mean! It’s hard to find that medium of what’s acceptable to stay in great shape, and also to not go overboard and be consumed with how we look. I find it’s a lot easier to just focus on being healthy, as I wrote in the article.


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