By Molly Patrick
Aug 22, 2017,
What if you made the choice, right now, to accept your body exactly as it is in THIS moment? Not how it was 10 years ago. Not how it might be 10 weeks from now. But how it is right now, as you’re reading this.
Your thoughts might tell you this is hard, but those are just thoughts.
When we don’t accept our body exactly as it is in this moment, we look for ways to change it as fast as we possibly can.
We beat ourselves up. We restrict calories. We get angry. We get on that scale….again. We work out longer. We deprive ourselves of food. We snap at our loved ones. And we keep ourselves stuck in this unforgiving cycle.
But when we accept our body exactly as it is in this moment, we find ways to honor, support, and give thanks to it. We respect it. We love it.
We nourish our body with healthy foods. We speak kindly to ourselves. We move our body and give it gratitude for showing up for us every day. We have patience. We find humor in our human imperfections.
If loving and accepting your body in this moment is something that you want to do, but it’s a stretch for you, try these two simple things:
Instead of thinking about your body as the enemy, think about your body as your most loved pet. Innocent. consistent. Loving. Loyal. Happy. Faithful. A little mischievous at times but totally deserving of love, tenderness, patience, and acceptance. Would you beat up and punish your most loved fur baby? No. So why are you doing it to yourself? You have the capacity to accept and love unconditionally. Is it time to share that unconditional acceptance and love with your body?
Be aware of your thoughts. The moment a thought comes up that isn’t in alignment with accepting your body, tell that thought to move along and make the choice to insert a loving thought instead. Do this as many times as you have to, even if it’s every five minutes. If you don’t believe the thought “I love my body”, start with “I have a body”. Neutral is always better than hateful. Go neutral until you can go to a loving thought.
You get to choose your thoughts. The mind is powerful and the actions we take stem directly from the thoughts that we choose to think.
Accepting your body doesn’t mean you are abandoning your body goals. It’s actually the opposite. Accepting your body will help you reach those goals with ease and grace.
So what if you made the choice, right now, to accept your body exactly as it is in THIS moment? Not how it was 10 years ago. Not how it might be 10 weeks from now. But how it is right now, as you’re reading this.
This is always available to you, you just have to make the choice.
Check out the plant based banana walnut muffins recipe I have for you this week below.
And, do you struggle with accepting your gorgeous body as it is? Talk to us in the comments below.
- 4 large dates pits taken out and soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk 235ml
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups regular rolled oats 260g / not instant
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups mashed banana 310g / about 3 bananas
- 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup 60ml
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts 100g
- Boil 2 cups of water, remove and discard the pits from the dates and place the dates in a heat proof bowl. Pour the boiling water over the dates and let them soak for 10 -15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and line your muffin tin with liners.
- Add the non-dairy milk and lemon juice to a small mixing bowl. Mix and set aside for now.
- Place the oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in your blender and blend into a powder, about 15 seconds. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. No need to wash your blender, you will be using it again shortly.
- Drain and discard the date water and transfer the dates to your blender, along with the non-dairy milk / lemon mixture, banana, maple syrup and vanilla. Blend until smooth and there are no pieces of date.
- Transfer the blended liquid mixture to the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and gently mix, just until the wet and dry ingredients are incorporated (don't over mix or your muffins might end up too dense). Fold in the chopped walnuts.
- Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin liners. These don’t rise much, so fill those muffin liners up to the tip top. You will have plenty of batter to do this.
- Bake for 18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool completely before going to town with these babies.
Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with loving and accepting every pound, every wrinkle, every dimple, every curve, every stretch mark, every fold, every scar and every roll. We are all scrumptiously imperfect. And therein lies the perfection.