Ever since I started writing body positive entries, I’ve gleefully hijacked the Body Positive term. Instead of glorifying obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, I decided to show what true body positivity should mean.
The Body Positive community encourages women to love themselves, cultivate a positive body image and to eff beauty standards. However, they also claim that women who try to adopt healthier habits hate themselves and use passive aggressive shaming tactics to prevent them from doing so.
All these go against the very essence of Body Love. When we love our family members, what do we do? We take care of them. We nourish them. We care for them. We encourage them to do better and keep improving.
In the same way, if we love our bodies, what we really ought to be doing is take care of them, nourish them, care for them and do things that make them better and improve them. Is this what the Body Positive community encouraging?
This is why I decided to hijack the Body Positive term and put a better spin on it. If you love your body, treat it well. Feed it proper and nutritious food instead of junk. Clothe it in gorgeous, flattering clothes, not accentuate its flaws and minimise its assets.
I showed you and continue to show you what you can eat to love your body.
I showed you and continue to show you what you can cook to love your body.
I showed you and continue to show you what you can wear to love your body.
I showed you and continue to show you what you can do to love your body.
Rewards come with effort and hard work. Your rewards are the best love you can give your body and the best positive body image you can possibly have. For that, you have to make an effort, but the rewards are damn well worth it.
So if you truly want to be Body Positive and Love Your Body, practise what you preach and do the work!
Wishing you fun,