STAY HEALTHY: Am I Pretty? Love Your Body This Summer

It’s swimsuit, tank tops and flip flop season now that the heat and humidity have dialed up a bit. As I write this article, I’m thinking about a hysterical movie called “I Feel Pretty” starring Amy Schumer, and the fact that some of us will be dreading slipping into our summer attire because of poor body image.

I took my young daughter to see the movie. We couldn’t stop laughing–it was actually quite funny! I was curious however, about how my daughter’s attitude would be towards her own body since an overarching theme in this flick is about body image problems.

Let me tell you that I was amazed she had no opinion at all. In fact, she said she doesn’t care what other people think of her body, and that it’s silly for people to worry about the opinions of others. What a relief! It’s possible that her nonchalant attitude is because she’s young and hasn’t suffered any rejections.

There’s a veritable selection of magazines that line the stands with statements claiming how to have a bikini body, or abs of steel by doing a particular workout or following a certain food program. Don’t think for one second that this message doesn’t shape our blueprint of how our body should be.

Body image is intimately tied to self-esteem, which is how a person thinks or feels about him or herself. So, it’s understandable how body image directly affects one’s self-esteem. We know that comparing ourselves to the media types is a recipe for poor body image. But, the subjective mental image of one’s opinion of self absolutely comes from negative thoughts and feelings about one’s appearance.

If you’ve read any of my articles this past year, you would have noticed me specifically writing about how our thoughts are nonsense and how these thoughts have never served our highest good. By the way, I’m not referring to intentions, or affirmations. I’m referring to the misguided, undirected, terrible, yet unevictable, bully that lives in your head. Don’t listen to it! Don’t give it rank above your own intentions or goals that you create in favor of your highest self.

Easier said than done. Being mindful about the random thoughts  that shoot across the bow of your head is a good start. Michael Singer, author of “Untethered Soul,” talks about an easy experiment that one can do to get more mindful of those thoughts. He advises readers to make the intention to witness those thoughts that your mind churns out while you are taking a shower. If you do this, you would be surprised at the crazy, nonsensical voices in your head. Singer says to notice these thoughts, and realize that they are not you.

Don Miguel Ruiz, author of “The Four Agreements,” calls this negative mumbo jumbo, the Mitote, otherwise known as voices in your head. The mind, left to its own devices, will dole out negative, not-at-all-helpful thoughts. Don’t make the mistake that these thoughts are you.

Please do not respect the bully in your head that is talking smack about your beloved body.

Like it or not, summer is here. The ferocious heat and constant humidity will remain with us for a while. This type of weather lends itself to outfitting our bodies with sleeveless shirts and shorts when we are running around town. It’s the perfect time for swimming with our kids and hanging out at the beach. Just please remember to wear sunscreen!

We will enjoy a smoldering Summer in Jacksonville when we ignore the bully in our minds and honor the bodies that have been with us since birth. Like my daughter eludes, don’t give one iota to whether your body is good enough. Love it and treat it with respect, and dress appropriately. For more information or help, please email [email protected] or call 904-565-1001.

About Veronica Nabizadeh

Introducing Healing Health Coach Veronica Nabizadeh For your Personal Restart Our military life exposed me to many deeply rooted cultures and traditions, which cultivated our family values. I experienced life in various cities in Germany, Korea and Italy before living in the U.S. At an early age, I learned how to pack up and restart somewhere new. It was refreshing to re-invent myself, always hoping to do things better and with more ease. I was born in a scantily populated German town called Landstuhl. My father became an American citizen by enlisting in the Army and we lived in Europe for most of my young adult life. I am the second of four children and am proud to be a first-generation American of Mexican heritage. Today, I'm a devoted wife of 18 years and mom to my seven year-old-princess. While I am a Florida licensed attorney, I have always had the privilege of working with my husband in our medical practice. I've had the opportunity to study life and relationship coaching with Tony Robbins and Strategic Intervention and am a Master Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the Catalyst Coaching Institute. It's easy to renew oneself with the added benefit of youth, change of environment, living under the roof of one's parents and without the bumps and bruises suffered due to life's lessons. We were invincible, indestructible as young individuals. Getting old, feeling old was off the radar. As an adult however, It's so easy to find oneself in a rut. We've paid our dumb taxes (not related to IRS) and suffered through the lessons that life has presented to us. Some of those lessons, being repeats. In a non-sustainable way, we fixed our ideas, shaped our viewpoints, limited our beliefs and all of this negatively impacted the health of our bodies. We start feeling old before our time. Well, on one fine day, I found myself in the fast lane of a downward spiral. I had inadvertently and unequivocally formed a very nice rut for myself and I decided I needed to get out. Pronto. This is the basis for the creation of Personal Restart, a lifestyle and medical wellness practice that helps people do exactly that: Restart. We help people restart their lives through the use of cutting edge coaching practices and state of the art medical science. I have had a personal restart and feel that my life is spiraling up. I believe that everyone has the ability to look and feel their best through self-love, self-healing and self-reliance. Everyone deserves to have their hormones balanced, their energy restored and their limited beliefs replaced by the truth. I'm a self-taught herbalist and aromatherapist, practicing kitchen witchery at home for my family and friends. My kitchen is my favorite place in my home. I love making my own infusions, tinctures and body lotions and filling my medicine cabinet with workable natural products that I've created. Cooking for my family gives me so much joy. I've learned how to prepare healthy noninflammatory meals by fusing Persian and Mexican cuisines. My dream is to gently awaken the powerful spirit in all of us, helping us heal from the inside out, and experience the gift of living through health, gratitude, and forgiveness. It is an honor to write health and wellness articles for EU Jacksonville and it is my hope to share and spread my knowledge of how to do and be your best because it can be done if you so desire. If you want a personal restart, please call us at Personal Restart, 904-565-1001.