Hello and welcome!... Or welcome back if you were following along before.
I started Body Confidante in 2018 when I suddenly had the amazing realisation that
I don't have to spend my entire life dieting and trying to become slim.
And I thought, do others know this? Or have I stumbled upon some magical secret that noone else knows?! Scrolling through my social media I was dismayed at how many of my friends posted statuses criticising themselves and promising one day they would "get on" the "health" wagon and their lives would somehow be better.
It seemed I was one of the only ones, in my life anyway, who knew of the secret that you didn't have to be slim or on a diet to be happy and accepted. And I just wanted to tell people this! To tell people that they are accepted and loved JUST THE WAY THEY ARE.
I started following more people that knew this magic secret and reading up on concepts like intuitive eating and health at every size. I got excited that I can actually live life without feeling constant guilt around food.
But then, life started to wear me down. Too many conversations where I felt I had to try and explain myself to everyone. People constantly questioning whether it really is possible to be fat and healthy. And so I didn't really feel very accepting of my body anymore and I stopped writing on Body Confidante.
However recently I've been realising that body acceptance isn't so straightforward. In fact, it is likely to be a lifelong battle, challenging the feelings that we have been taught from a young age about what the "right" body is. And if there's one thing I'm good at, it is writing honestly about my feelings, so I'm back. Back to write about the highs and lows of body acceptance. I hope you'll enjoy reading!