Here at Food for Life we are passionate about Health and Wellness and exploring what that means for us individually. After attending the EMBRACE documentary, we thought it was fitting to explore what embracing our own bodies means to each of us. This BLOG post was written by Jahna, for those of you who don't know Jahna she works behind the scenes in events, administration and marketing here at Food for Life.
Over to you Jahna:
I was a bit late to the EMBRACE documentary party, but had the privilege of watching the fourth screening in Toowoomba on the weekend. EMBRACE certainly shed some light and touched me on how brutal social media can be both positively and negatively. To see Taryn share her own personal before and after pictures when she realised she truly loved her body just the way it was – inspiring! Then to see the fall out of how many people actually loath their bodies, the cries for help and worst of all the negative comments to Taryn herself from perfect strangers making judgements.
It really started to make me think……..
I love social media, and I frequent it daily sharing photos from time to time but I use it as a tool to seek out inspiration, motivational quotes and what my friends are interested in or loving at the moment. I am not against social media, it has its place and I find it a great source of information. However what troubled me was that we now live in a society where we are judged by “how many likes” we get, and perfect strangers can comment and have a detrimental impact to a person’s wellbeing. What ever happened to the phrase “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”, has this not translated to our digital age?
This is a scary concept for me and it really left me questioning how I EMBRACE my body? Do I search for external validation from social media to confirm that the life I live is fulfilling? Do I like or even love my body because other people tell me I look good or pretty?
I guess my journey to love my body started a few years ago. I remember listening or reading something from Jess Ainscough about dry body brushing. At the time I was just starting to change what I ate to predominately whole foods and making peace with my plate in the hope that it would help with my daily struggle with anxiety. I remember so vividly having to look myself in the mirror, right in the eyes for the very first time as I ran this brush over my body and honour and love every single part of it. It was raw, yet refreshing to look at my own body so closely and to be thankful for what it does for me every day.
Fast forward to current day and I guess over the last few years I have added (and taken away) a number of tools to my wellbeing tool kit that support and help me EMBRACE my body and feed my soul. I have daily routines like oil pulling, body brushing and sometimes meditation (I am still working on this one). I try my best to eat whole foods and have a grain free diet because I have found this works best for me at keeping my anxiety at bay. I have a support network of practitioners around me from doctors to healers or chiropractors and kinesologists that help me make sure my body is responding and working the best it can be at any given time. Most importantly I have found that nature is my friend I love to spend time in the park, walk by myself or with friends or write in a journal. The most important thing for me is that I don’t have to be perfect, I don’t get it right 100% of the time and I slip and fall – often.
I love that I can post a picture of an experience, a travel adventure and a random shot of my cat and people care enough about me to like and comment, however this doesn’t drive or fuel me 100% in my life. I feel like the tools I use and how I EMBRACE my body and soul are very much an inside job and it’s a behind the scenes function of my life which is not broadcast on a daily basis that make me feel loved, honoured, supported and most importantly ME.
Love & Hugs