Love yourself as you are

7 Beauty Facts
1. In May 2010, MRIA conducted a survey among Canadian parents. They found that 62% of parents believe lack of confidence is a threat to the long-term well-being of their children and teenagers. For a lot of girls, lack of confidence can be directly linked to advertising and the false representation of beauty.

2. Some beauty practices in North America are becoming a concern. In 2009, a World Health Organization study results showed that tanning salons may cause cancer among teens. Many provinces considered limiting tanning bed use to those who are 18 and older. Also, studies show that less than half of Canadian teens who want to get a tattoo know about the risks and difficulties associated with getting them removed.

3. In Canada, the prevalence of anorexia and bulimia is estimated to be 1.0% among young women. Prevalence rates of anorexia and bulimia appear to increase during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

4. 1.5% of Canadian women aged 15 to 24 years had an eating disorder.

5. The fashion industry has long dictated that female models be tall and waif-like; however, male models are now facing increasing pressure to slim down and appear more androgynous, in order to book top fashion jobs.
(Trebay, G. (2008, February 7). The Vanishing Point. The New York Times)

6. Children learn mainstream attitudes towards food and weight at a very young age. In a study of five-year-old girls, a significant proportion of girls associated a diet with food restriction, weight-loss and thinness.

7. Thirty-seven percent of girls in grade nine and 40% in grade ten perceived themselves as too fat. Even among students of normal-weight (based on BMI), 19% believed that they were too fat, and 12% of students reported attempting to lose weight.

I found this off of Am I Beautiful

I think it’s important for women and girls to learn to love their bodies just as they are now. To appreciate what their bodies can do and to treat their bodies good. I think it’s important to fight off those internal voices that say you’re too fat, your skin is terrible, or your hair is frizzy. Those voices that ruin your whole day and put a dark cloud over you. You have to stop those voices and focus on the good. Focus on things you do like about yourself and get comfortable with the parts you don’t like. Don’t ever compare yourself to others because everyone is different. Pay attention to what’s on the inside. Nourish your soul with things that make you feel good, whether it’s yoga, spending time with friends, or a hobby. You will never be happy until you learn to love yourself as you are, no matter how much weight you lose, money you spend on your hair, or new designer clothes you buy. It’s hard work and you need to work on it everyday, but overtime it gets easier and easier.
Valentines day is coming up and I think women and girls should give themselves a little self-love. Do something that makes yo feel good. Buy yourself flowers, bake yourself a chocolate cheesecake, give yourself a pedicure, do yoga. Whatever it is make sure you’re treating your body with respect and love.

Okay on to the food. Breakfast was banana whipped oatmeal with chia seeds, topped with almond butter and toasted walnuts.

Lunch was my last leftover calzone with a massaged kale and mango salad.

Dinner was more leftovers, lentil and sweet potato chilli and two slices of squirrely sprouted wheat toast with red cabbage and carrots on the side. I am the queen of leftovers. I purposely make extra when I cook a meal so that I have quick dinners and hot lunches during the work week.

For dessert I had some medjool dates stuffed with crunchy peanut butter. I love medjool dates, they are like candy to me!

P.S. I was bad at work today and wasted time online researching working abroad. It was slow and it felt like yesterday was friday so I wasn’t very motivated to find work.


About richelleludwig

Food Freedom Coach and 200HR RYT
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