Headlines that drive me INSANE!
It's hard enough to love your body and embrace all its curves, dimples, jiggles and scars when the world is constantly telling you to change them.
I do my best to protect my mind and my eyes from things that might trigger unproductive comparisons and downward spirals. But even just the simple act of going on Pinterest or opening my email these days can be tricky!
The reality is, that even as the veil is removed from our eyes it won't be that way for everyone. It does not serve the narrative or financial motives to tell women that we are enough without the creams, pills, weight loss and programs. Even as we learn to see the lies behind the promises we will still be told and sold those promises anyway.
I want to share these with you though so you can start to see just how deceptive, pervasive and false these headlines, promises, and images can be! The reality is, we need to see the tactics so we can learn how to avoid them or counter them.
These headlines are meant to drive to you click or buy. They are meant to sound enticing and too good to be true. The goal is to make you think it's so simple, they'll tell you how and if it doesn't work...well that's your fault.
Our fault. That's where the blame lands, on us. This is the lie we have to stop believing. That this is just all our faults. The truth is, you don't need to lose weight to be loved, worthy or valuable. That diet isn't going to change your life like you think it will and it actually matters more why you are doing these things than the actual things themselves.
But we blame ourselves. We look for quick fixes and we end up disappointed, frustrated and lost about where to go next. The reality is, it's time to stop believing these headlines. It's time to try something else.
**TRIGGER WARNING** If you do struggle with this and feel like these images would be unhelpful or hurtful please go ahead and don't finish this blog or skip past these images.
At the store:
In my email:
The reality is, that we are never going to get away from companies or people wanting to try to sell us the magic secret to finally loving our bodies. The problem is that we've already tried most of what they're trying to sell us. We've tried the diets, the lazy hacks, quick tips and tweaks already but the promise of a simple change sounds so much better than an internal journey of self-acceptance that will take a lot more time and be a lot more work. But we've tried everything else haven't we? We've tried restriction, obsession and shame...how about we try intuitiveness, peace and love?
Realize that you are worth more than what these people and companies are trying to sell you. Realize that these claims are unrealistic most of the time and require creating unhealthy relationships around food and your body. Realize that instead of trying to change your weight or your diet first, try and change what's going on in your mind and in your heart.
If you are seeing lots of these emails or adds try to unsubscribe, unfollow, repin things that are more about self love! Feel free to check out any of my Pinterest boards for inspiration.
Start creating an environment you feel less triggered in, try to start seeing these claims and promises as what they are...sales, try to see that you are worth spending more time loving yourself than weight loss. I promise you will get there, it's time to just start opening your eyes and trying something else.
If you are ready to start rebuilding your relationship with your body, to stop letting the pressures of diet culture control you and to start living a life knowing your worth then grab my workbook NOW! Y'all, it's time to try something else. It's time to not reach for the quick fix because it won't last. It's time to accept that the next diet or 15lbs isn't the answer. There are 3 sections and 15 chapters all geared towards helping you rebuild your self-worth from knowing you already are enough!