Health is defined as “the condition of being well or free from disease.” Within our culture we tend to define health by weight, skinny is the new healthy. “The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females,” (ANAD). We are programmed to believe that in order to by happy, healthy, and attractive we must fit into a size 0. From fashion to fitness the women displayed in the images and programs embody societies ideal body. With the fascination of displaying texts of “Lose weight in 5 days!” “Get a big butt naturally!” its all about on looking like someone else and focusing on particular parts of the body. When we begin to only see the body as certain parts we lose sight of ourselves as a whole.
I am organic vegan and I work out six days a week, yet I do not look like the people we see within the media. I do not have a toned tummy and I have always been insecure about that. But due to my small waist and biological structure of my body it is impossible for me to have the model abs. I am OK with that! I love my tummy. I respect all the work it does for me, it strong and also soft. We tend to forget that our core is the powerhouse o where our energy generates, our confidence stems from the solar plexus. When act negative towards our center we are unbalanced.
One of my favorite thing to do is the heart and tummy exercise, where I lay on my mat or bed and place one hand on my heart and the other on my belly. I close my eyes, breathing in and out. I connect to the energy of life pumping through me, the reminder that I am alive. Taking the time to connect to your temple of energy allows you to deepen your relationship with your body.
Healthy is not about being perfect, it’s not about looking thin or even having curves, it’s about being you.