On March 1, 2017, the Missouri Eating Disorder’s Association (MOEDA) is sponsoring a screening of the film Embrace as well as a panel discussion after the film (I’m on the panel 🙂 ).  It’s a phenomenal documentary about letting go of the often deeply embedded belief that our value and self-worth rest in our physical appearance. And that “to be healthy” we have to look a certain way (which requires us to eat a certain way and workout a certain way).

In the film, Taryn Brumfitt and several others talk about embracing our bodies as a vehicle to realize our dreams. Our bodies are not meant to be ornaments. Our bodies aren’t for decoration. They are for doing. Getting involved, living life.

So often we get trapped in the mindset that there is a prerequisite to loving our bodies. That our body has to look a certain way before we can present ourselves to the world as happy and fulfilled. I.e. We have to have the dramatic “before and after” photo showing how much weight we’ve lost or how ripped our muscles are to prove how happy we are now.

I was trapped in that mindset for most of my life. Especially during recovery. I thought, “How are people going to know I’m Recovered and happy if I don’t have a proper “after” photo?” “How are people going to know I’m happy and healthy if I don’t lose weight or have six-pack abs to prove it?” That thought tormented me for a long time.

At some point, it dawned on me that it doesn’t matter what other people think of my body, all that matters is what I think about my body. And I can like, even love, my body just as it is right now. Everyday can be my “after” photo.

338: My “after” photo.  No make-up, no filter, no dramatic change in my body. The only dramatic change is my mindset. Special thank you to Michelle of Sunshine Designs for this amazing shirt. Check out her incredible work here.

Embrace is an incredibly moving and captivating film (I got to see it at a screening a couple months ago). I highly recommend it for everyone. The film isn’t specifically about eating disorders (although they are discussed). The primary focus of the film is on how incredibly powerful body acceptance can be. And what a tremendous impact it can have on your life and others.

I would LOVE to see you there! Tickets aren’t sold at the door so you have to buy them via this link:   https://gathr.us/screening/18992

**UPDATE: If you follow the link it looks like the screening is sold out. You can click on “Alert me when or if tickets become available” and put in your name and email. I am pretty sure MOEDA will release more tickets.



Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: