When was the last time you took off all of your clothes and stood in front of a full-length mirror?
We’re thinking there’s a good chance it’s been a while. But stick with us for a moment — we want to chat with you about a simple exercise you can do to transform your relationship with your body.
Because in the 14-day Conscious Cleanse program we don’t just talk about food. We also talk about all of the other things that could be sabotaging your health and wellness journey.
And more often than not, your relationship with your body is a really juicy place to start!
So many of us struggle with body acceptance, and this struggle directly reflects on our relationship with food. Healing your dynamic with food starts with understanding how you relate to your body.
To get you started, we want to share this exercise with you — a tried-and-true method that will help you accept your body exactly as it is.
We promise you’ll want to revisit this exercise regularly for years to come. It’s a great tool to reconnect with yourself and take some time to give your body some well-deserved appreciation.
Now let’s try the exercise:
Start by standing in front of a full-length mirror, naked as the day you came into this world.
First just observe yourself from head to toe — this is the hard part — without judgment.
What parts of your body do you love or appreciate the most? Do you have great calf muscles? How about curves or freckles? Even a collarbone can be sexy when you take the time to appreciate it.
Next, really notice and appreciate the strength of your body. Acknowledge all of the amazing things it does for you (without you having to tell it to). Your lungs breathe for you and your heart beats for you. And your spine — think of all the miraculous things your spine does for you. For some of you, your body has even created another human life!
Our aches, pains, wrinkles, and extra weight so frequently cause us to self-judge, to write ourselves off, and keep us from seeing who we truly are. It’s not uncommon that our physical bodies aren’t the thing causing us pain. Instead, it’s our life circumstances, yet we punish our bodies as a way of coping.
Who would you be without your pain? Without your stories?
Only when you are able to fully look at yourself and appreciate what you see will you be able to recognize who you truly are. And only then will you be able to heal.
Are you ready to start exploring your relationship to your body — and to food — more in-depth?
If you want to get started, come join us for our November 3 group cleanse!