Body image has got to be one of the hardest things to work on. It is ingrained in us from a very young age to not only focus on our body, but to focus on everybody’s else’s body as well. On top of that, we are also taught that it’s NORMAL to hate your body. No one is shocked or appalled when some one brings up a part of their body they hate and absolutely tears it apart – in fact, usually, everybody else just chimes in!
Even though this is normal, it is definitely not helpful. We are bombarded with enough negative diet-y messages throughout the day, and for us to also be sending hundreds of messages to ourselves is way too much to handle.
Let's talk about "wellness". Wellness culture is the new diet culture. It's the same old shoes, just cleaned up and polished. This industry (that only makes money if you fail at what they are selling you, by the way) has figured out that we no longer want to drink meal replacement shakes and take diet pills. No, we know that's dangerous. Now we are all about clean eating and natural foods - neither of which have an actual definition, by the way.
I prepared a lot for my body changing during pregnancy, and was very proud of my ability to roll with all the changes that my body underwent while growing my daughter. I would be lying, however, if I said that accepting my postpartum body was going just as well. I *thought* that I had prepared myself, but over the last four months I've seen that diet culture definitely got a hold of me while I was my most vulnerable. I wanted to share my experience in the hopes that it helps one postpartum mama out there that is feeling the same way I was (and continue to feel some days!).
I originally wrote this to Maren, as a way for us both to remember the events that surrounded her birth. However, after writing it I received a lot of requests to share it - I guess a lot of people love reading birth stories as much as I do! To save time, I didn’t rewrite it, so it is still directed towards Maren. It’s a long one that I am splitting up into two parts, so buckle up and enjoy reading about the 3 day induction, pain medication-free birth of my Christmas baby..
Hi! I’m Arielle, a Registered Dietitian who believes that healthy eating involves both donuts AND brussel sprouts. I want to help you free yourself from diet rules and shame so that you can fully do YOU. I’m glad you’re here!