I am into health too, really...why would I not be when I am into yoga, right? DUH. But here's the one thing that I have against...unhealthy self image. Lord knows I have it too like...quite badly. =)
One of the body parts that women (and some men) are really conscious about is their bellies. No surprises there. You don't care about your butt or your legs but you BLOODY HELL care about your waistline, right? This is the result of the media assaulting your brain with model bodies.
The pictures and images are telling you this: YOU SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS. YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH. YOUR BELLY IS NOT LIKE A WASHBOARD THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD WORK YOURSELF TILL YOU LOOK LIKE THIS! LIKE A STARVING SKELETON.
The rebel that I am tells them this:
In reality, women's bodies are like these. These are real women bellies. There is a story that goes along with every belly and we should all learn how to love the belly that we have, cute, ugly, lined, scarred, fat, wobbly...whatever. Don't let the media screw your mind over. Do it for yourself, not because you want to look like Angelina Jolie or Beck's wife. Because you know why? I bet they've got some fats sitting around in some surgeon's office waiting to be sold on eBay for whatever reason, eh? =)
THESE are real women bellies and they are proud of it. People, here's the link to XOJane's Real Women's Bellies Project.
If you can't handle reality, please don't click on the link. Consider yourself warned.