Part 2 of Radical Body Acceptance
This was a wonderful post. I kept chasing thin and even when I had it, it wasn’t enough. There was always thinner. Then I got injured. Then I became ill with an autoimmune disease, so I was my thinnest but my sickest. Get better has involved getting bigger. People who express concern about my weight have no idea what I’ve been through. My doctor gets it though and that means a lot. I’ve decided to live IN my body. Thank you for that point about functionality! Every day I find something to celebrate as Thich Nhat Hanh said “the non toothaches”. Those are the wins for me now.
I feel like I've just read the words I've been searching for for as long as I can remember.
BRILLIANT! SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR EVERY DOCTOR , NUTRITIONIST, FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER, CHIROPRACTOR, NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS, PARTNERS, PARENTS AND PETS. (BUT WAIT, PETS ALREADY EMBODY THIS TRUTH.)
I learned about biopsy acceptance in my early 60s, having tried ebovery bloody diet I could possibly fail at. I now see my daughter struggling but I literally say nothing because she knows the health issues but will have to figure it our
T, hopefully much earlier than me. Why should I say anything. I really enjoy your column.
All of this reinforces three of my most deeply held beliefs about living well.
1/ Everything will change over time - including what our bodies are able to do for us as well as how the body parts and their appearance themselves are altered.
2/ Moderation in all things INCLUDING MODERATION.
3/ Adaptation is the engine of living well through all stages of life.
This and part one were posts that we should save and take out to read often. It is difficult to change one’s way of thinking.
I will be 61 on New Year’s Day. As I have for years, I drag myself to the gym 1-4 times a week, lift weights then get on the treadmill. Sometimes I think to myself, when do I get to quit this? I’m still soft in places and It takes so much time. But, I always feel better. And it pays off when running around with grand children or a crazy day at work (I’m a nurse) I suppose I’m waiting for my body to say “when”.
I will hang on to these columns and read them often.
This is a vital column. Thank you so much.
What a fantastic post! So many insights and takeaways.
I already restacked 4 quotes with comments, and look forward to sharing many of your messages here with my subscribers at The Healthy Jew, because this is all so healthy Jewish!
Health isn't just putting oil and gas in the car - it's living well, purposefully.