It is a lovely Friday morning and the second to last day of our wonderful green smoothie cleanse! A Sex & The City marathon is on, I’ve just finished an AMAZING Pilates workout, and now I am currently slurping down on today’s Apple Mango smoothie.
We are now wrapping up on our detox so I wanted to discuss body image and self esteem. These two factors are the driving force behind us going to the gym every single day or starting a new diet. Our motivation could be positive or negative and most of the time can be blurred by society’s standards on beauty and health.
Why do we allow ourselves to be body shamed endlessly by the media and society? Why is there a patriarchal influence on women’s bodies and why must we “appease” men? Striving for bigger breasts, a tiny waist, and bigger lips are not at all positive goals to have for your overall health. Worst of all, if you are not doing this for you then you cannot be truly investing yourself into your own well-being.
As you reach the ninth day of the cleanse, ask yourself what were your intentions when starting to eat a cleaner diet. Were you trying to establish a better lifestyle, or just looking for a short cut to losing ten pounds in a few days? I know it is absolutely difficult to maintain a positive body image in this world that demands photoshopped perfection. Honestly though, who are these hidden panel of judges dictating what is considered perfect in the first place? Do not ever give them the power to say that you are not a beautiful human being, because YOU ARE!
Work towards a healthier you by doing it in a positive and progressive way. No one can ever make you feel inferior without your consent, so never give them the license to. Stay beautiful inside and out my gals, and enjoy your next smoothie!
For the APPLE MANGO smoothie you will need:
3 handfuls of spinach
2 cups of water
1 apple (cored and quartered)
1 1/2 cups of mangoes
2 cups of frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons of grounded flaxseed
( optional 1 scoop of protein powder)