Saturday, October 1, 2016

“It’s My Body” a guest post by Jenni Schaefer

This guest post is from Love 2 Eat in PA

I  present to you today a guest post by the author of “goodbye ed, hello me”, Jenni Schaefer. This book was really life-changing for me in my recovery from my eating disorder

I hope you enjoy this piece (which is not in the book) as much as I did….

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It’s My Body
by Jenni Schaefer

It’s my body. If I am overweight by societal standards or some height/weight chart, my body does not need to be starved in order to fit in. My body will be the size it is supposed to be if I am taking care of myself. I will not fight it.

It’s my body. If I go out on a date and a guy buys me dinner, I do not owe him a kiss or anything else. A simple, “thank you,” does the job just fine. Despite what society might say, my body is not my currency.

It’s my body. If I overeat at a party today, because the food is just so good, I do not need to restrict or over-exercise tomorrow. My body needs to be nourished, everyday, and never deserves to be punished.

It’s my body. If I have been abused, my body does not deserve to be hated. My body is not disgusting because of what someone else did to me. My body is not something to feel ashamed of or to hide. I cherish my body.

It’s my body. If I am sick, I need to give my body rest and do whatever it takes to get well. My body is not invincible. It is fragile. I must not abuse it with food, alcohol, drugs, or anything else. I must take care of it.

It’s my body. Today my organs are nourished and can function properly. I get enough sleep. I am strong. I do things that feel enjoyable like hiking, swimming, getting a massage, yoga, or even kissing my date — when I choose to do so.

It’s my body. I do not look like you or anyone else. You might be taller or thinner than me. By societal standards, you might be prettier than me. But you are not me. And I am not you.

It’s your body. Respect it. Nourish it. Love it.

Appointed to the Ambassador Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, Jenni Schaefer is a singer/songwriter, speaker, and author of Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me. She is a consultant with the Center For Change in Orem, Utah. For more information, visit www.jennischaefer.com.

WATRD

Comments

2 Responses to ““It’s My Body” a guest post by Jenni Schaefer”
  1. tammy says:

    I like this… it’s all true but still so hard to actually live at times.
    Some days it feels like you’re living the life of a salmon; constantly swimming upstream against the tide of hatred and negativity that being overweight brings.
    I’m working (still, still, still) on changing my thinking, but it’s a bigger struggle than anything else I’ve ever done.

  2. Jenn says:

    “It’s your body. Respect it. Nourish it. Love it.”

    Amen. 🙂

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