Monday, October 17, 2016

Stella's Journey With Self Love and Body Confidence



Hey guys! Today we are going to talk about something a little bit different than the other things we talk about this on our blog. Today we are going to talk about my journey with self-love and more important body confidence. The reason I thought this should be included in this blog is because I have found that a lot of people turn to a plant-based diet as a means to lose weight. Although being the healthiest you that you can be is a great goal, it does not matter how much weight you lose if you do not love yourself then it will not solve the issue.

I have always been a big girl. My entire life has been a struggle with my weight. When I was a teenager I went through a number of diets to try to lose weight. What I found was that if they worked the weight always came back. 

I went through some pretty dark stages during my teen years. Some of the things I put my body though was extreme calorie counting, restriction, and binge eating.

What I would do is restrict my calories; I got to the point where I was eating 500 calories a day. This is very unhealthy (SPOILER ALERT! I did not lose weight this way) because most doctors recommend a 1200 calorie a day diet at the very least. After restricting myself for a few weeks I would eventually snap and then eat EVERYTHING in sight.

Another factor is that I have PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) one of the symptoms of this condition is that you can very easily gain weight and have a extremely hard time losing it. At times this is very depressing and I find myself blaming my weight on my condition.

Over the last few months, I have realized that no matter what changes I made or how much weight I lost I would never be happy with myself. I learned I needed to love my body the way it was right then, then I could work on making improvements.

One of the most important changes I made was the things I taught to myself about myself. For example, if I was getting out of the shower and I saw a reflection of my belly in the mirror I would think "Eww, I really need to lose weight." Now when I see a reflection of my body in the mirror I think to myself how strong my body is and all of the amazing things it can do.

One of the main things I did to reach this point in my journey was meditating. I started meditating a few months ago and while meditating I always take a few minutes to tell myself all of the things I love about myself. I know this may seem silly, and it feels silly at first. I promise after a week of doing this every day for about 15 minutes you will start to feel better about yourself.

Once I learned to love myself I found out that I cared more about the things I was putting in my body. I started treating myself with respect and I wanted to do the absolute best for myself that I can. It turns out that making the shift in the way I thought about myself I was then able to put my energy towards the larger things.

My hope is to talk more in the future about self-love techniques to help all of you to love yourself as much as possible. You are all beautiful people and deserve the love of not only everyone around you but yourself also,

~Stella~


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