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Body Image

Timeless Nutrition Tip

America and Western Europe have a ridiculous and harmful preoccupation with body image and an obsession with slimness. A hundred years ago a plump woman was considered the more attractive, as was a portly man.

Plump couple dancing

Today the tables have been turned and frankly, the attitudes one hundred years ago were realistic and much healthier mentally and physically.

Always keep in mind that we come in all different shapes and sizes. Don't focus on a stick thin model as what you think you should look like. More often than not these stick thin people are not healthy and may very well suffer consequences later in life due to starving themselves just to fit the acceptable ideal.

You should look like no one but you.

Assess Your Feelings

Ask yourself the following questions to kind of "assess" your body image: Questions about body image

  • Can you get up in the morning without having to hit the snooze button more than once?
  • Do you have enough energy to get through the demands of your day?
  • Are you reasonably happy?
  • Do you like the way your clothes look on you?
  • Are you able to work, play with your kids, do the household chores?
  • Can you make your family dinner and still have energy to have a great evening?

If you can then you need to be realistic about where you are and what you are doing! If you answered yes to most of, if not all, the above, you're doing great and have no reason to have a poor body image.

Happiness is not a number on the scale.

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