Do you ever feel like it's impossible to accept your body as it is right now? Maybe you just can't wrap your head around how it can be so wonderful when you're struggling with X, Y, or Z issue. Well, I've been in that boat before, and believe me, it wasn't always smooth sailing. I thought I was damaged from stress and anxiety, and I was really unable to accept my body when I felt perpetually overwhelmed. In this post, though, I hope to share something that not only helped me better manage stress and anxiety but actually helped me foster a more loving relationship with my body as well. I'm excited to share with you exactly what holy yoga taught me about body acceptance!
let me set the scene
During summer of last year, I began going to a holy yoga class each week. I'd never taken a yoga class before, but I wanted to try something new that I heard could help with stress and anxiety. I was a wreck more often than I'd like to admit, and I knew I was ready to add some restorative movement into my regimen.
So, I downloaded a free app called MINDBODY, typed in my information, and it generated a list of nearby classes and schedules. All I had to do was book the studio, day, and time, and then I filled out all of the paperwork (re: a waiver) right from my phone. The fact that I stumbled upon a holy yoga class (I didn't even know it was a thing) was fantastic!
The notorious plant killer
I am a notorious plant killer. You might say I'm a killer of plants. You could even say... well, you get the idea. For years I've professed to have a black thumb because I just can't figure out how to keep plants alive. It's the darnedest thing, too, because I follow ALL of the instructions (okay, MOST of them anyway). I read the little tags that tell me what to do, I water them on the days I'm supposed to and put them in the light like I'm told, and I pick off dead leaves and blooms as needed. At my very best gardening hour they were barely surviving—"thriving" was really never a term associated with plants in my care.
Let's try again, shall we?
I recently got two plants for my office, and my friend (who manages the floral department at a local grocery, no less!) assured me that these two plants were Sydney-proof (re: idiot-proof). She told me to water them twice a week and keep them in diffused sunlight. "Cool", I thought, "I can handle this."
So today was my first day to water them, and I got a little cup of water from the water fountain and went to town. The first plant felt dry so I gave him what I thought was a good amount of water. I noticed, though, that he soaked it right on up so I gave him a little more. He held on to that splash, too, but he looked nice and moist so I left him alone. I went into the other part of my office to water his brother, and I just watered him the same as his brother. When I did this, though, the brother's pot quickly overflowed with water and made a mess all over the bookshelf.
...Here's some encouragement!
In case you need some encouragement, I want to share some songs with you I listen to often and find to be encouraging in times of struggle.
Danny Gokey - Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
During a particularly tough season I experienced last year, I found this song randomly on the radio. I instantly connected with it, and it helped me when I thought my whole world had fallen apart.
Here's an excerpt: "Shattered, like you've never been before. The life you knew, in a thousand pieces on the floor. Words fall short in times like these, when this world drives you to your knees. You think you're never gonna get back to the you that you used to be. Tell your heart to beat again..."
How Did Simply You Nutrition Begin?
Well, it's interesting. The beginnings of Simply You Nutrition come from a farsighted desire to own my own practice, but I was not actively pursuing the desire until recently. I was, of course, gleaning information and wisdom here and there from respected nutrition professionals and various life experiences along the way, but I just wasn't seeking it out.
Then, one day in the not-so-distant-past, my employer and I found ourselves at an impasse. Now, Merriam-Webster defines impasse as "a predicament affording no obvious escape" or a "deadlock". I, however, am using the term to more specifically describe "an immediate position elimination brought about by company downsizing". While I did not have a vote in the matter, I am honestly grateful for this opportunity I've been given. It was, after all, through this "impasse" my business was born.
Hi there! I'm Sydney Cavero-Egúsquiza.
I'm a small town Oklahoma eating disorder dietitian with a passion for enjoying life. I love Disneyland, Smarties, and sharing time with family. My mission? To help individuals enjoy their lives and thrive by making peace with food and trusting their bodies!