We live in a busy world and are constantly bombarded by messages from social media and advertising that we need to look or act a certain way. It's easy to get a negative body image or lack self-worth. However, God tells us that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14). How do we actually live like that is true? Honestly, it's not easy. It takes daily discipline to stay in God's word and believe the real truths, not what the world tries to tells us. This is something that I believe we will all be working on for the rest of our lives. But we have hope! God "gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak" (Isaiah 40:29).
So, if we look at it from a different perspective, have you ever thought about the fact that there is no other person in the world like you? Who you are is determined by past experiences, personal interests, spiritual beliefs, personality traits, and natural talents. You are unique and have your own gifts and strengths to bring to this world. No matter your age, gender, ethnicity, etc., it's time to embrace yourself for who you are (I'm preaching to myself too)! Think about what brings you joy and how you can get more of that in your life. Remember that getting stuck in the comparison trap can be so unhealthy. Someone else's "Facebook life" is much different than real life. So, in the midst of this busy life, let's pause and reflect and be grateful for who God created us to be.
Stepping off my soapbox, another thing to remember is that one size doesn't fit all in nutrition. There is no one right way to eat. There are a million different opinions out there and everyone is trying hard to convince you that their way is the only way (and sell books). It's hard not to get bombarded or overwhelmed. I'm surrounded by it everyday and sometimes I just need to shut it off and take a break. Part of celebrating your uniqueness is to learn what types of foods makes you feel the healthiest. It's not about the latest fad or what worked for your friend or a celebrity. My challenge for you is to never stop learning what makes you "tick" and to keep growing in your individuality! If you want help, please contact me for a consultation. I'm trained as a health coach as well as a dietitian. :)
What keeps you from being who you truly are? I personally get stuck in what I think my life "should" look like and fear of what people think of me. Please comment below. Thank you for reading!
Maria Walcott. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist "Extraordinaire" :) Nutrition "nerd". Essential oil educator. Love nature. Want to protect God's planet and help His people become their healthiest selves.