Reality Vs Social Media.. How does your body rate?
How healthy are you?
How do you know? When I ask this question I usually get 1 of 2 answers:
- I feel good
- I look good
But I challenge that though, because I could give you a bottle of vodka, a morphine drip and you would feel great right? And probably think you look pretty good too!
What if I told you though you could be healthy BUT feel and look terrible?
Your body is constantly trying to maintain a state of balance – it’s called homeostasis. For example when you get too warm, you sweat to cool down. Let me share a story with you…
My wife and I do a lot of juicing fruits and vegetables. One night in particular we only had a bunch of spinach left so we just juiced the whole thing. 5 minutes after drinking it we both had to run outside and we were sick – we vomited.
I am not sure why we vomited, but I do know this – our bodies innately KNEW there was something in that juice that was harmful to us. And rather than digest it, our bodies eliminated the juice out of our system in the fastest possible way.
The point I make it this; vomiting does not feel good or look good, but it was the HEALTHY thing to do in this instance.
You can apply this same kind of thinking about someone’s body weight/shape.
Because your body has one goal – homeostasis. It constantly adjusts to keep everything balanced.
So is your goal to look good, feel good or to be healthy?
You could say all 3, but it a trick question because the 3 don’t necessarily go hand in hand.
I know loads of guys who train hard 5-7 days a week, eat all sorts of rubbish foods and inject with steroids and whatever else. And sure, they may tend to look good, they may even feel good. But how healthy are they really?
I also know women who seem to be able to eat whatever they like and drink as much alcohol as they like, never exercise and are super skinny. Are they healthy?
You can probably think of a million examples yourself. The truth is this though – healthy doesn’t have a set look or feeling. You don’t need to look or feel a certain way to be healthy. Of course the healthier you are you will tend to feel and look better than not, but “the way you look” cannot be the goal.
In this day and age it is so easy to be seduced by media and advertising telling us we should look or feel a certain way. And it’s unrealistic. It has to stop. It is not healthy.
I am so sick of seeing women in particular beat themselves up, or agonize over this issue! Too many women, old and young are affected by this. Being a husband, a father, a son and brother- I have many women in my life and they are nothing short of inspirational. They are beautiful. Something needs to change.
And rather than just complain about it, or ignore, we are doing something about it.
We are holding a screening of Embrace in Mudgee on Friday 12th May 2017 at stables gallery in Market St. It’s an empowering story about embracing yourself and your body, and not allowing yourself to be shamed by media and society’s expectations on what you should look like.
So far we have over 100 guests attending! We have 10 stall holders, thousands of dollars worth of lucky door prizes – it’s going to be an incredible night. I hope to see you there.
This movie is a grassroots movement for massive change. It’s about healthy body image, ending body shaming and celebrating you for who you are, not what you happen to look like.
Tickets are $20 and include food and wine, all profits raised going to the Australian Breast Cancer Council. You can get more information and buy your tickets here:
In your service,
Dr Jesse Middleton
Dr Jesse Middleton is a wellness expert, leading chiropractor, speaker and natural health advocate. Dr Middleton is a respected, highly regarded master chiropractor whose passion is to teach people how to achieve health for themselves and their family regardless of genetics, age, and history. His Chiropractic Health & Wellness Clinics, onsite corporate and business wellness programs and ergonomic assessments provide people of all backgrounds with the practical tools necessary to build their own health towards the path to true wellness.