“It’s My Body” + Giveaway

love2eatinpa, 29 April 2010, 56 comments
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This is is a cross post that is on WATRD today.

I am lucky to be able to present to you today a guest post by the author of “goodbye ed, hello me”, Jenni Schaefer. As I posted before, this book was really life-changing for me in my recovery from my eating disorder. Read it through then check out the book giveaway at the end.

It’s My Body
by Jenni Schaefer

It’s my body. If I am overweight by societal standards or some height/weight chart, my body does not need to be starved in order to fit in. My body will be the size it is supposed to be if I am taking care of myself. I will not fight it.

It’s my body. If I go out on a date and a guy buys me dinner, I do not owe him a kiss or anything else. A simple, “thank you,” does the job just fine. Despite what society might say, my body is not my currency.

It’s my body. If I overeat at a party today, because the food is just so good, I do not need to restrict or over-exercise tomorrow. My body needs to be nourished, everyday, and never deserves to be punished.

It’s my body. If I have been abused, my body does not deserve to be hated. My body is not disgusting because of what someone else did to me. My body is not something to feel ashamed of or to hide. I cherish my body.

It’s my body. If I am sick, I need to give my body rest and do whatever it takes to get well. My body is not invincible. It is fragile. I must not abuse it with food, alcohol, drugs, or anything else. I must take care of it.

It’s my body. Today my organs are nourished and can function properly. I get enough sleep. I am strong. I do things that feel enjoyable like hiking, swimming, getting a massage, yoga, or even kissing my date — when I choose to do so.

It’s my body. I do not look like you or anyone else. You might be taller or thinner than me. By societal standards, you might be prettier than me. But you are not me. And I am not you.

It’s your body. Respect it. Nourish it. Love it.

Appointed to the Ambassador Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, Jenni Schaefer is a singer/songwriter, speaker, and author of Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me. She is a consultant with the Center For Change in Orem, Utah. For more information, visit www.jennischaefer.com.

Jenni is kind enough to giveaway one “goodbye ed, hello me” book to you!

Two ways to enter for a free book…
1. please leave a comment
2. link back to this post from your blog, which will count as a second entry, and please leave in the comment section that you posted the link.

A random commenter will be chosen on Monday, May 3, and will be announced the following day.

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  1. Lori
    03 May 2010, 2:37 pm

    What an inspiring message! So many times I beat myself up over my ED. I am so happy to say after 8 years, I am finally in recovery!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks and congrats on being in recovery!!!

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  2. Gaby
    04 May 2010, 11:13 am

    Hi! I just found this blog and have found it so helpful! I’ve only been able to hint around about my disordered eating to loved ones but have been to afraid to say anything or seek help. I’m reaching the point where I’d like to find someone to talk to, and am finding so much encouragement in everything you’ve written. I feel motivated to finally change! I’d love to win this book! I’ve been hesitant to buy much literature since, as I said, no one else really knows what I’ve been dealing with, but I know reading about success stories really gives me hope!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    hi gaby and thanks for writing!

    i completely understand about feeling funny telling people about your ED. i’m still the same way. i really encourage you to seek help though. i’m no doctor, but i would venture to guess that your ED comes from something in your childhood. imho, you need to dig into your past to really see what it’s all about before you will be able to move forward. you can so do this!!!

    i’ve benfited a lot from reading. the books that were most helpful to me are on the right side of my blog if you have time to check it out.

    good luck and stay in touch!

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