We are all so very different, so beautiful and unique in our own very special way yet we act so similar. We spend so much time working to look like the next girl or trying the next fad diet only to realize that it doesn’t work for you. Well for starters, of course it’s not working because you are not the next girl. You are not Beyonce! You are YOU! Your body is like no other. It’s mind boggling how we look at other women and think she’s perfect and little do we know she’s probably thinking how bloated she looks. Ladies we need to embrace ourselves, especially after pregnancy!
Our bodies change, they are all different but they are all amazing! Let that sink in for a minute. There is no one, no not one person like you with that body of yours that has been holding you down, which you probably aren’t treating the best! You can’t do just anything to your body and expect a change. Nor can you continue to maintain the same ole habits and expect miracles. What may work for one person can probably kill you. You ever go out with your girlfriends and you all enjoy the same appetizers but at the end of the night one has to run to the bathroom, the other is a little nauseated but you’re doing just fine? Well in retrospect, what you ate probably wasn’t bad at all it’s just everyone’s body reacted differently to it.
It’s always so fascinating to hear one girl say I’m going on a no carb diet for the next month because she saw some girl on Instagram do it. Wouldn’t you want to consult a doctor, nutritionist or even a health coach before making such a brave decision? Most people don’t even though they should. Body image is so important to us but we must remember to go about changing it in the right way. I believe our focus is so off. If we’d only focus on feeding our bodies nutritious healthful foods and exercising to keep us energized and healthy then a slim body would be a by-product of those efforts.
My husband and I took an ayuverdic cooking class and it was amazing. We learned so much about the ayuverdic lifestyle and in turn learned so much about our bodies. For those who don’t know, ayurveda translates into “knowledge of life” and is a 4,000 year old system of well-being that originated in India. The philosophy of Ayurveda focuses on a person’s health in a preventative, long term way and the Ayurvedic diet is a whole medical system, where you eat according to your mind-body type. They believe that everyone has a different body type or dosha. There are three types of doshas: vata (wind & space), pitta (fire & water) and kapha (earth and water). Everyone has a combination of one, two or all three and it is called their “prakriti”. When one is out of balance, it throws everything else off. However, when you start to understand your body, you figure out what works best for you.
So ladies, I know that this is the unofficial start of the summer and we want our bodies to look super good, but do yourself a favor and get to know your body first. Figure out what healthy foods and exercises do your body well, and even what lifestyle you want to live and your body will thank you for it!!!