A lot of people assume the Body Positive Movement glorifies and accepts obesity. The movement encourages everyone to love their size and shape without feeling the pressure to change it in a way more suited to society’s standards of beauty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes you are encouraged to love your body with curves, lumps, bumps and rolls but it doesn’t encourage abuse of the body by overeating, starving it or mistreating it in any way. The idea is that if you love your body you will treat it with almost holy reverence for it is a divine temple. If you love your body you will feed it well, move it and adorn it. There is always room for treats and days when you just feel like lounging in pyjamas watching episode after episode of your favourite Netflix series. If you love your body, you embrace and accept yourself and have no desire to alter yourself to look like a Hollywood starlet. You accept you are not perfect, you will make mistakes, poor decisions but there is always opportunity to bounce back.
With all that being said, when you feed your body, you know you should, for the most part, choose foods that will provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to operate at peak efficiency so you can live your best life and be the best version of yourself. Remember to not be too strict and allow yourself small treats so you don’t feel deprived and tempted to overindulge.
Here’s a list of foods I came across lately that will help boost your metabolism and allow you to lead a long and healthy life inside a body that can be perfect regardless of its size or shape. *Note: size and shape do not determine health and it is your choice when it comes to decisions about your body.*
Metabolism Boosting Foods:
- peanut butter
- spicy peppers
Tailor this list to your preferences, eliminating allergens or anything that causes stomach upset. Check with your doctor before introducing anything new especially if you have health issues or are on medications.
Enjoy foods that are in season as they will be the freshest, best tasting and generally the cheapest. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of who you are and be nice to your body for it works hard for you!