Thursday, 27 December 2012

Lessons in Beauty and Boxing Day Shopping

As we all start talking New Year's Resolutions, diets, gym routines, and starting the year off right - its important to remember that all those changes should come from a place of  love and health, not deprivation and guilt. Let's be healthy in 2013 - inside and out. 

Scene from Boxing Day Shopping:
A Mother shopping with her beautiful 4 year old daughter.
The daughter is bright, bold, and spirited. She loves pink and adores her Mama. She exudes a zest for life that can’t be captured. She is exploring the world around her. She is curious. She is watching your every move and taking it all in.
Mom looks in the mirror and sighs. She sucks in her stomach as she turns. She skipped lunch, but still isn’t happy with what she sees. She looks longingly at the 6 pack stomach that graces the cover of magazine by the cash. Laments about her thighs, how her body has changed since she had children, and how much she had to eat over the holidays.
What she’ll remember:
That her body is a measure of her self-worth. And that her mind and spirit are secondary. That we exercise to achieve some unattainable standard, not to be strong and healthy. And that when her body betrays her she deserved to be punished and deprived because she is simply not enough as she is.
Remember she is always watching. Teach her to love herself.
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,