Guest Blog by Sarah M.
It’s become such a norm to see exercise as something to make up for the sins of eating… but people need to know that eating isn’t sinful. It doesn’t matter if you had a few slices of pizza for lunch or cookies for snack or cake for dessert of salad for lunch or a potatoes for breakfast- food is food and it keeps you alive. You don’t have to punish yourself for eating by exercising yourself to death. You don’t have to exercise. Losing weight and becoming fit doesn’t mean you‘ll be all around healthy (it doesn’t account for mental health!) and it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll become healthy. Exercising to compensate for the fact you’re eating to keep your body alive is a slippery slope. Exercise can take over your life. Calories can take over your life. You don’t have to exercise or be fit or lose weight just because everyone else is or everyone else is trying to push you to. I encourage lots of my friends to evaluate their relationship with food and with exercise and to reflect on how healthy that relationship is. If you tend to think about exercising as a means to “burn off that last meal” or “burn off that ice cream” or so that you can eat more food, you should really take some time to think about how you can fix that relationship. Eating isn’t sinful. Eating isn’t wrong. You don’t have to punish yourself for eating. And you don’t have to make yourself purge through exercise. It’s not healthy.
Everyone has his or her own journey. We each have our own triggers and interpretations of life. My intent is to add in the healing process not cause anxiety or pain. Our experience may be similar but they are each unique. Even though many people could have been at the same event each person experiences and remembers those events through our own eyes and will recall the event differently. My blogs will be from my perspective of my life. I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. I am not a Doctor, Counselor or Therapist. I believe it is important to work with Doctors, Counselors and Therapist along with Essential Oils, Energy Healing and spirituality to find health, healing and balance. ~Beyond Abuse Essential Healing