I hate to propagate a stereotype but we women are obsessed with our figures. I wish it weren’t so, but North American culture is so overrun with images of sexy, young and photoshopped women who look nothing short of ‘perfect’ (a word that, when it comes to body types, is unnaturally unfair) it’s impossible not to get the message. Almost all of my female friends, relatives and acquaintances worry about their body every single day and it’s normal to hear derogatory comments about food, dieting and body image in daily conversation.
Of course, what we eat is intimately linked to how we feel about the way we look. Overeating, eating foods we may be sensitive too or simply making poor choices can manifest into self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that don’t do anyone any good.
But what if we changed the way we felt about food? Could that serve to shift us toward a healthier attitude of self-love? Rather than seeing food as the bad guy- the villain whose prerogative is to make you unperfect, food could be reincarnated as the hero of our daily dramas?
After all, food doesn’t deserve the bad rap fast food outlets, ready meals and mad food scientists have given it. Food- I mean real food, the wholesome stuff that grows out of the earth and contains the nutrients our bodies need to thrive, has the power to make us feel great… and when we feel great the direct result is that we also look great.
So this valentines, love yourself by gifting your body with healthy, wholesome foods. You deserve that. You deserve love. If we start by loving ourself with real foods then we are taking an important step towards finding a way to love, accept and honor our bodies exactly as they are- perfect!
Love-Drunk Chocolate Avocado Pudding (serves 2)
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lemon juice (juice of 1/2 a lemon)
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/4 c. maple syrup
6 Tbsp rice, almond or soy milk
Cut avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop the flesh out and plop it into a blender. Add all of the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate to chill. Doesn’t keep well so enjoy the day you make it.