Thursday, August 2, 2012

Beautiful Bodies

I was recently shown photos of different athletes from a variety of sports (above).  The photo shoot was done by Howard Schatz and can serve as a reminder that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes.  A number on the scale does not determine how healthy you are and it should not determine whether you're going to have a good or bad day.  We are all unique and our bodies have different strengths and capabilities.  Focus on being fit, moving your body, providing yourself with nourishing food, and being at peace with yourself. 

Since we're in the midst of the 2012 Olympics I thought this would be a great photo to share.  As you watch the athletes I'm sure you have noticed different shapes and sizes in different sports, and even in the same event.  Think of the volleyball libero versus the middle blocker for example.   

I know we're suffering with a high rate of overweight and obesity, but we've also set ourselves up to have unrealistic expectations.  People don't go to bed skinny and wake up fat, but they're also not all going to be airbrushed and appear on the cover of Vogue.  I feel that I resemble an athlete (because I was/am one) more than a model, but that gives me strength and energy to enjoy my life.

Celebrate your body and what it can do for you - celebrate by taking it for a walk or a bike ride (I do love non-food rewards!).

Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching