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Fat Shame

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

It’s a sensitive subject talking about weight. It’s something we can’t always hide or “cover up” yet we rarely openly talk about it. In a society where we are supposed to be accepting and open to all regardless of gender, religion, color or culture we are still greatly discriminatory towards someone who is overweight.

The number I see on the bathroom scale is something I don’t tell anyone

I dread going to the doctor’s office knowing I have to step on that scale on the way to the exam room

My driver’s license does not have my current weight on it

I cut out or mark out the size in my pants and shirts to hide what size they are

I change the subject when weight comes up

Society makes us feel bad if we’re not the ideal weight or within range just battling a couple pounds. We are ridiculed for being seen eating something considered unhealthy if we are overweight. We are pitied in the gyms, parks and other exercise related activities for huffing to catch our breath or needing to pause yet are told no one is looking at us and keep going. The emotional and physical toil of being overweight and having these feelings and frustrations can make it feel impossible to get over the hump of getting started to a healthy weight.

You Get to Ignore Them

At the end of the day the only person we need to answer to is ourselves. We have to live with the decisions, choices and actions we have taken. The noise of society can interrupt furiously but it’s still there for us to hold true. Unfortunately, to silence the nonacceptance, ridicule, dirty looks and other we endure it does require us to find our own voice and speak our own truth. Until we do that, the noise from external will continue to slow our vision of what we want and what is right for our life.

We are not meant to conform and fit in. Each person is unique and has their own version of their best self they can bring out. The more we listen to others and the expectations we should fit into the more likely we are to find the noise of society overruling what is right for us and our health.

These oils help you find your voice and even if just talking to yourself helps you overcome the noise that weighs on us as we strive to figure out what is our right path.

Spearmint – diffusing this oil helps to open your voice and sort through your opinions of yourself so you can speak clearly your own opinions and thoughts

Wintergreen – is the oil to help you let go of what others think and expect of you so you can set your own path

Cardamon – is the oil of self-expression and helps to open your eyes and mind to the bigger picture of what truly matters

Helichrysum – is the oil of transformation and helps you work on transitions from where you are held back to where you want to flourish

Your Best Self Can’t Be Weighed

Regardless of our size we are always enough. We are still beautiful, lovable, funny, smart and all that we were meant to be. There is nothing wrong with being you. We can always work to improve ourselves, including our weight. However, the best way to lose weight is to first accept who you are right now. Love the skin you are in and then work a plan that is right for you.

You deserve to be happy and healthy. What that looks like is up to you only.

I love these oils when I’m feeling uncomfortable in my own skin or feel worn down by the expectations of society for how I should look.

Bergamot – is the oil of self acceptance. It helps to increase your confidence

Clary Sage – helps when you are struggling with negative self-talk. The oil gives you comfort so you can see your own inner beauty

Frankincense – is an oil to help with feeling precious and beautiful. You are a masterpiece

Progress Counts

It is not easy or quick losing weight. Each us will have wins and fails along the way. The progress however counts and we need to recognize those baby steps along the way.

These oils are ideal for helping you when you feel like there is not any progress or the scale is not budging despite the work you’re putting in. Continue to push and it will come to be.

Eucalyptus – helps you push on and forego the idea of giving up. It helps you recognize self-care as key to your needs

Siberian Fir – helps break habits that are not healthy for you, including foods that limit our ability to be our best

Peppermint – opens the mind to move energy where we need it most. This can come in handy when we don’t feel like another walk but know we shouldn’t miss it

Lemon – purifies us to we can contribute to our well-being

Interested in more?

The bottom line is the scale is just a number. You can make that number what you like because it won’t change who you really are. It is unfortunate we live in a society that sees fat as a barrier to the true person. We however must learn to turn those noises off so we can hear our own voice and focus on what is right for ourselves and our own health.

If you have questions about any of the oils I describe in this post please reach out. I’m happy to help.

amyk@dragonspitapothecary.com

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