1. Two things I’ve seen/heard lately and loved.
The first one comes from @sarahbnutrition…
2. In a couple weeks, we’re going to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a family vacation.
My mind has been feeling busy lately and it’s been hard to calm it down. I’m excited to have a week to reset/recenter/refocus and really just implement some new mindfulness strategies…hello, meditation practice (i’ve been trying to meditate consistently for awhile now and am struggling with it). Anyways…if you have any recommendations for adventures/eating in Jackson Hole, let me know!
3. A few readers have emailed and commented about being in a larger body.
One reader said, “when I read posts about you having accepted your body and it’s current weight, in my mind I view it as possibly easier for you, or someone your size to do, as your body is still accepted as small/thin/whatever in society. Mine is not. I am plus-sized (kinda hate that term for various reasons), and I’m not ashamed of that, but I have this strange, perhaps defensive, feeling when I see bloggers or RDs who are so much smaller than me, telling me I should just accept my size. I feel that society judges people who are my size more when eating certain things than they do a thinner person, as I’m expected to be constantly in a stage of attempting to be “healthy” or lose weight because of my size.” The commenter went on to say (which I appreciated so much), “I sincerely hope this does not come off as rude or as an attack at you personally, I just have been struggling with these feelings lately and figured voicing them would result in helping me, or others possibly feeling the same way, find solutions.”
If any of you listen to Christy Harrison’s podcast, then you know that she talks frequently about thin privilege and how it is easier for those in smaller bodies to be accepted in our society. So to the commenters/emailers who have sent similar thought my way about this being easier for me…you’re right. And it’s messed up.
Something I shared in this post fits here…
“Do you think shaming a person for eating a brownie or for being in a larger body makes them a healthier person? I SOOO strongly believe that person having to carry around your judgement of their body makes me a less healthy person! And you CAN be healthy in a larger body. We aren’t all iPhone 7s. We are made to be a variety of different shapes and sizes. It is so hard to be in a larger body in our society. Those in larger bodies are judged for what is or isn’t in their shopping carts, what they do or don’t order at a restaurant, AND they are limited at what clothing stores they can shop at. Like seriously, do you think your judgement helps them live a better life?! Nope. It typically makes them feel more isolated and shameful and more likely to engage in disordered eating behaviors.
Just because you are in a larger body and/or you are gaining weight doesn’t mean you are doing intuitive eating wrong and that you are unhealthy.”
It’s important to remember that you can not know anything about a person’s health by their body size. Behaviors are what are important. Are you sleeping enough? How do you handle stress? Are you eating according to hunger/fullness/cravings and nourishing your mental health with and without food ? Have you found some form of movement that brings you pleasure? Are you building a life that brings you pleasure?
I know for me to be a different body size than I am RIGHT NOW in this season of life I would have to give up taking care of myself. For any of you who have been on your own intuitive eating journey and found that your body naturally is meant to be at a higher weight than society says is okay…for YOU to be at a different size YOU would have to stop taking care of yourself. I’m not going to stop caring for myself, and you shouldn’t either.
All this to say, I think this means there is room in the intuitive eating blogging world for those in naturally larger bodies. I encourage any/all of you who feel passionately about this topic to START A BLOG! You have such a great perspective to share and people to reach :)