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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about objectification, especially as it pertains to women’s bodies (though men are certainly not excluded from the discussion). The conviction that we are somehow more valuable, sexier, healthier — more “okay” — at a lower weight or smaller size.
I think about this all the time, actually. Critically. Deeply. Through all available lenses. Bodies change; they are always changing. Just as the moon cycles, waxing and waning, our bodies weather their own waves. Try to take all of this in as information, as data, coming from a place of curiosity rather than judgment. To expect our bodies to adhere to uniformity violates the very mechanics of our biology. Disconnects us from our experiences. Displaces our worth. Yes, you are more than a body, not just a body, but also — you are not an object. Your body is — not —an object. It’s a vessel. It’s moving. It’s acting. It’s holding. It’s letting go. Breathe into that. Trust that. 📷: @wanderandrose

Relaxed. Rejuvenated. Recharged. Rested (mostly 😂.) Slowly getting back into the groove of things. Fortunately, awesome clients and a gorgeous sunny day make it more fun 😎 What are three things you’re grateful for today?

Gracias, Mexico, for your generosity, your kindness, your beautiful beaches, your stellar margaritas, and yes, your delicious food. 🇲🇽 🙏🏻 We enjoyed great salads and green juices. Traditional Mexican breakfasts. Peel-and-eat shrimp. Guacamole and all the corn chips. Ceviche. Grilled fish by the beach. Tortilla soup. Life is too short for diets.

Weight Watchers has recently disclosed their new campaign offering free dieting services to teens (anyone who has ever started counting calories, carbs, points, etc knows how difficult it is to extricate.) I used the WW points system at 13...which inevitably resulted in 15+ years of disordered eating.
I understand the compulsion to "help teens develop healthy habits". But there's so many ways to do this outside of the weight-normative, diet paradigm: teaching kids how to cook and follow recipes, how to garden, how to grocery shop, how to pick fruits and vegetables, volunteering at soup kitchens, involving them in meal planning, having them set the table, engaging in joyful movement together, shopping at farmer's markets (if able.) A hyper-focus on food choices obscures the reality that health outcomes are largely shaped by our privilege (or lack thereof) and the opportunities this affords -- not about will or desire. Forget division; there's an urgent need for inclusion. #dreamsoverdiets #boycottweightwatchers #wakeupweightwatchers #countmemoriesnotcarbs

When you've spent years -- perhaps your entire life -- preoccupied with food and body, evolving through intuitive eating takes time. Self-care is the area where I am constantly rising and falling, inhaling and exhaling like a set of lungs.
I am terrible at it. Terrible, perhaps, because self-control anchored my existence for most of my life: food rules, food deals, exercise as compensation, burying myself in work, avoiding, distracting.
And for the past 3+ months, I've been battling debilitating insomnia, the kind resistant to magnesium or sleep formulations or improved sleep hygiene. The kind that persists like a parasite. All I am do is try. Go to therapy. Take better care of myself. Eat regularly, and honour gentle nutrition. Drink water. Minimize caffeine and alcohol.
I am beginning again with three goals: water, journaling, supplements.
What do you think? Do you struggle with this, too?

I don't know about you guys, but one thing that makes Winter so depressing for me 😩 is the sea of grey and black clothes we see on people as well as the sky 🌫 It's so easy to reach for dark colours in Winter and we are all guilty of that but adding just a little bit of colour will brighten up our day and make Winter a lot less dull 🌞
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My latest blog post talks more about my thoughts on this ❤💙💚💛💜💖 click the link in my bio to read more 😚
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