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Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance

Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.

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So - I'm dying to know - did any of you follow  my Valentine's Day advice? I did - I got my cutest ever, snappy dressing gay best friend to take me out on the big night. He bought me flowers, I made him chocolates - we dressed up to the nines and then went out to some very exclusive places. We laughed and drank and took photos of each other holding roses in our mouths.

Did people stare at the big girl and her cute "boyfriend"? Not really! It was proof sometimes that some of our issues can really be in our head! The only stares we got were after a jug or two of Sangria at the Mexican Restaurant kicked in and we started to make fun of some of the miserable couples around us. Oops.

So now..after all of that fine food it makes sense that this month is nutrition month! This is an issue where I could really take some advice myself. I know that in my case my default setting for food is to eat only junk food. It's the way I was bought up as a child and when I get stressed - I return to that mode! I'm terrible with my vegetables.

Lately though I decided that I needed to take a stand with my issues - childhood is over, and I should take control of my food. I've done it by kind of trying to re-live a proper childhood. One of my friends bought me a vegetable chart that hangs in my kitchen - I put stickers on each colour of vegetable I eat each day. Yes, it's meant for kids. Perfect for me. Another of my friends got me started on multi-vitamins. Not an ideal situation but as I'm working on eating better it does help. I'm taking Fish Oil - since I refuse to eat seafood! Also B vitamins to help with energy. And women's vitamins to make sure I'm doing the best I can by my body and I try and retrain to eat well.

I called a friend, wanting to eat pizza. In a flash they were over with pita bread, tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, and rocket leaves. Ten minutes later we had crunchy, healthy pizza like snacks. Wow. I'm not doing any of this to lose weight. But just because I want to be healthy! There is a difference.

Now my issues are probably different from yours - but as part of self-acceptance I think you have to finally accept the issues you have been dealt. Whatever they are - acknowledge them and figure out a way forward. Ask for help! Don't be afraid to admit you don't know something!

Written by: Jody

"For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day."
~Author Unknown

"May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go. "
~Irish Blessing

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