Ever try to fit a square peg into a round hole?
<-- Here's what happens.
The force by which you shove it, causes damage to the square peg.
It splinters, it breaks, and it's never again the same as it was before it was forced to conform to a shape it wasn't meant to be.
And this is what the diet industry wants us to do (they even call it healthy)?! To shove our bodies into some shape that they aren't meant to be?
When we try, we don't get healthy. We splinter, we break, and we're never again the same as before they taught us to push ourselves. The good news is that we don't have to keep pushing, we can stop the harm.
We can rebuild a relationship with our bodies based on respect and self-care, which helps us be healthy and more secure. If you're struggling with an eating disorder, and want to rebuild, reach out for help.
And if you want to experience a bit of self-kindness now, check out the exercise below:
Body Positive Exercise
Close your eyes and take a few deep, slow breaths.
Think about one thing that your body did for you today.
Say, "thank you" to your body for that thing.
Repeat this exercise daily, first thing in the morning, or before you go to bed. Notice the difference. Tell us about your experience in the comments.