looking at your body as a whole

“Don’t you dare, for one more second, surround yourself with people who are not aware of the greatness that you are.” Jo Blackwell-Preston

Today marks the last day of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This week, I asked everyone to do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders. What did you do to make a more body positive world?

— Looking at Your Body as a Whole

We tend to break down our body into parts instead of thinking of our body as a whole, functional unit. Instead of saying, “I’m happy that my legs allow me to walk every day” we say, “I’m unhappy with my thighs.” We need to learn to appreciate all that our bodies can do. Celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you — running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming, etc.

Think of five body parts that you love because of what they do for you and write them down. Here are mine:

1. My brain because it is the source of all of my creativity, thoughts, ideas, and intelligence.

2. My heart because it reminds me every day that I am ALIVE!

3. My eyes because they help me see the good in people.

4. My feet because they keep me grounded.

5. My butt because sitting would be so uncomfortable without it.

Wasn’t that eye-opening? It’s so easy to skim over the little things (like the fact that your butt is a cushion!) Start to think more about what your body can do and does do rather than what it can’t do or looks like. This change of perspective can totally transform how you feel about yourself.

#IAmBeautiful because I say so. Because everyone is. Because I am making a difference. Because I go to the ends of the earth for those I love. Because there is only one me. Because I’m not afraid to stand up, stand out, and be heard. I love me!!!!

Today is the last day of NEDA week and I would like to thank everyone who made it such a powerful and inspiring seven days. If you learned even one thing about eating disorders, then you are making a difference. Thank you and I love you! Will you join me in signing this No Body Bashing Pledge and make a life-long difference?

No Body Bashing Pledge ——

I, _______________, vow to try and start loving my body however I’m feeling, however I look, and wherever I am. I promise to stop the negative self-talk and fight back against my negative thoughts because not everything I think is true. I pledge to never participate in group body bashing of myself and others. I promise to refrain from hurting my body by doing violence to it, not feeding it right, and not taking care of it. I promise to not be affected by the negative appeals of the media. I know that media does not set the standards of beauty or perfection. I promise to recognize that all body types are beautiful. I vow to recognize my strengths, achievements, and attractiveness. I am a wonderful, unique person. I promise not to get down on myself when I make a mistake. I am a human and I know that mistakes are how I learn. I pledge to stand up for myself and others when I hear something harmful or mean because we all deserve love and respect.

I think that all girls and guys should make this body pledge. Who’s with me?

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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