My mother brought me up to believe clichés like “It’s what’s on the inside that counts” and “Never judge a book by it’s cover” and “Treat others the way you would like to be treated”. I’m not sure exactly when the voices of advertising and the media drowned out her wise words, but they did, subtly at first, but gradually they became too loud to ignore. During adolescence, I became so critical of my body that I was willing to try every diet and weight-loss method within my budget in an effort to stop hating what I saw in the mirror. Now in my twenties, I’m working on recovering my relationship with food and learning to respect and cherish my body. It’s an ingrained and complex subject, but thankfully we live in an age where there is a whole body confidence/positive body image/anti-diet movement fighting to change both men and women’s perceptions of what is considered beautiful, re-establishing the old adage “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and prompting people to give lower priority to appearance-based goals.
On this page you will find a collection of positive material I’ve found and want to keep hold of so I can remind myself of what really matters, especially on those mornings when my brain malfunctions and all I can hear in my mind is a frantic, “I need to lose 7/10/12/20 pounds! Starting now!” or “That’s it, no more eating between meals for me, just 1000/1200/1400 calories a day.” almost always leading to a binge in the evening when I fail to stick to my rules or get so tense obsessing about all the food I must never eat again that I’m driven to eat it all, really fast, standing up in the kitchen, making sure nobody sees me.