October 17th is Love Your Body Day
Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror?
Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Advertisements reduce us to body parts -- lips, legs, breasts -- airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. The media tell women and girls that cosmetic surgery is good for self-esteem. Is it any wonder that 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their appearance?
10 ways to love your body
1 Do not ever disparage your body. Don't tell it it's inadequate, ugly, not the right size, old, blemished, or not worth of love. Your body is the only one get. treat it with respect, no matter what condition it's in.
2. Give your body the nourishment it needs. Too often the diet industry and "Obesity" experts assume all fat people eat junk foods and drink soda. They ignore dangerous dieting practices and under-eating. They seem to care more that a teen has a burger for lunch than another one who has only carrot sticks. Eat what your body needs to function at its best.
3. Compliment your body in the mirror, even the "flawed" part. love your big nose, your c-section scar, your flabby jelly rolls.
4. Whenever you say something bad about your body, immediately apologize and give it a compliment. There is no excuse for rudeness.
5. If a friend or loved one complains about their "flaws", let them know that they are beautiful.
6. Give your body the physical activity it needs. For the most part your body needs some exercise. This could mean just a walk around the block or a marathon run. Learn your body's limits and don't hurt it.
7. Make a body positive website, blog, facebook, Tumblr or Twitter. Share this list. or make one of your own. Think of other suggestions to love your body. Engage in body positive activities. Start or go to a body positive group.
8. Don't let anyone else disparage your body. We can tell strangers to fuck off, but maybe that wouldn't be such a good idea for grandma. Tell loved ones gently that you don't like that kind of talk and don't want to hear it again.
9. Don't wear make up or clothes to cover your flaws. Wear them proudly. Even models are heavily made up before shoots. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Change your perfection to realism.
10. Give your body a big hug and say that you love it.