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The Wellness Industry

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Just read an article in the NYT's

"Smash the Wellness Industry"

And it really struck a nerve. Why is it that women especially spend so much time obsessing about our bodies? What we eat? How much we eat? How much we exercise? and if we fall short in our opinion, we beat up on ourselves.

As the author of the article notes, do we think men sit around talking about their bodies? Or the fact that they ate an extra French fry? Nope.

Thankfully many of us have moved on and some have embraced intuitive eating. Can't say that I've done that, but I have moved on from demonizing food and my body. Food is just that - it is a way to nourish and nurture our bodies. Exercise is just plain good for us. And if it turns out that living a healthy life results in achieving a healthy weight? Well, yay!

Let's embrace our true health and the beauty of our bodies and spend time with friends just enjoying each other!
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    Love your perspective! emoticon
    112 days ago
    Sparker BUTTONPOPPER wrote this inher blog today, "Eating and weight should be the background--and I can make it a very pleasant background if we somehow avoid war and famine--for life's more important work." I thought of that as I read your blog. It makes sense to me.
    112 days ago
    Amen to that!
    113 days ago
    How true, although....I just spent 4 days with my son, daughter and daughter in-law; they are all crossfit enthusiasts, my daughter-in-law plays women' tackle football and they are equally strong, healthy and naturally beautiful. Food has to be nutritional fuel for all of them. emoticon Thank you for sharing this link, I hope the message resounds!
    114 days ago
    i so agree with you last sentence and this whole blog health should be about doing the good things for ourselves not bashing ourselves
    114 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    So well said and I totally agree with you. Food is just food.
    114 days ago
    Well we women just aren't good enough, doncha know? And if we're not engaged in continuous frantic (and expensive) self improvement then we might get kicked to the curb at any second!!!

    Yeah, not buying it . . . any more. But it's a pervasive and powerful social edict which drives a whole lot of our economy too.
    114 days ago
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    114 days ago
    Looks like I am unable to read the article. emoticon

    Great questions! Societal conditioning?

    I have heard men bragging about how much they can eat and how many calories they burn. There are exercise obsessed men too. Likely not as many of them as there are women though.

    I don't remember if it was last year or the year before; but, I think it was last year. A group of young male students wanted to know what I was eating because they noticed how lean I am and that I was not carrying a bunch of weight around my middle. These guys could tell me what they eat, their exercise regimen, yada, yada, yada. So, I don't know. Is the younger generation of men falling prey to the same societal pressures that have dogged women for so long?

    115 days ago
    I agree and if it weren't for sparkpeople I might never have gotten to that phase in my life! I want to be independent as I grow older! Losing the excess weight has helped a lot!! Exercising and the right nutrition were of course big factors in my success! Every day is a challenge that I am so happy and willing to put forth the effort to meet. Great blog.
    115 days ago
    Point well taken! I came to terms and the realization some time back, that I don't need to weigh the same as when I was in high school (I would be too thin!) nor am I planning to walk the red carpet LOL. I do my best to eat healthy, exercise, and not stress over any of those things. Life is just too short. (If you get a chance, I posted a blog today w/ new pictures --- and a happy me!
    115 days ago
    YES! It's time to turn the mindset from obsessing about al the calories, etc. and realizing the role of food + nutrition and medicine. That's it. We need to listen to our body signals! That's a great start to fueling it properly. Thanks for the link.

    115 days ago
    Your last sentence could be an edict for a new way of thinking for all women. Women spend so much time obsessing about bodies because those are the messages we receive from a very early age.

    Thank you for sharing the article. A true perspective on the way women view food and eating habits. Maybe a wake-up call for many.

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    115 days ago
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