There is this thing about living in LA, you can find a yoga studio, juice bar, 'health food store' and spin class in nearly every neighborhood. People are focused on their mind/body health here (because if they weren't they would quickly go insane via traffic induced rage). Then again, maybe I am just getting older and notice how many people are striving to "take better care of themselves" with age.
I can't lie, I was 'health conscious' before (in an unhealthy way...keep reading), but I have officially transitioned into a 'health nut' (not to be confused with MuffNuts the muffin/doughnut line I will be starting with my friend Francesca). Moving to LA didn't make me more healthy, it just so happened that I had health issues that came to the forefront upon moving here which made me take better care of myself and in turn feel much better about myself (mind, body, and spirit). The thing is, people gave me so much shit for it! Which leads me to a little rant- ahem-
If you are healthy, if you feel good in your body, if you are confident and taking care of yourself in the way you feel is best for your body and your lifestyle- GOOD FOR YOU! No one can talk shit about it (unless you have an eating disorder, then maybe you need some help).
I used to be heavy(er), I was also far more unhealthy. People made fun of me for my weight and I developed some minor image issues, coupled with an eating disorder (I really liked control... it wasn't a good thing guys). I worked out for 2 hours a day and hardly ate. I lost weight, sure, but not in a healthy way (hint when your hair goes limp and your skin looks sallow and grey, something isn't quite right). I quickly plateaued and became frustrated.
The thing is, when I finally accepted my body I was much happier.
Time passed (years passed) and I realized several of my health problems (i.e. having a headache EVERY day) were linked to food; so I cut things out, started doing yoga daily and fell in love with walking around my neighborhood in LA. Without really trying I lost quite a bit of weight (not having sugar or grain does that to a person) but the strange thing was people then expressed concern- "you are too thin" "God Kelsey, put on some weight!"... I'm not that skinny, I'm smaller than I was, sure, but I am also healthier (in every way).
The thing is, people can't seem to make up their minds. For instance, Lady Gaga used to be a waif, torn down for struggling with an eating disorder. Now she is a curvy goddess who has accepted herself and people have tried to tear apart... however, she is my hero and here is why- Upon seeing all the critique her "fans" were putting into the world, Lady Gaga took to twitter and said something so wonderful, something so true, I simply had to share it-
"...so what if I got a belly sometimes, sometimes I don't. There's people starving in the world. #whocares"
"I'm taking a stand #BodyRevolution"
You do you boo. Be confident, be strong, be healthy and I will do the same. Body image is a battle for women (and MEN) everywhere, isn't it time we join Gaga, take a stand, and start a Body Revolution?
P.s. The Lady Gaga x Tony Bennett album is dreamy, that babe has some serious pipes and Tony is such a crooner! I am obsessed.
Photo from the NYPOST