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Why I Love My Body

Before I get any comments about hubris, stop and think about this: If not me, then who? So let’s start there. Self-love. And food. You all know I love food. Especially when healthy, yummilicousness fills my temple.

This morning I made my incredibly addictive organic oatmeal with mixed dried berries, brown sugar and a banana on top. I can’t explain how happy this breakfast makes me. Warm, sweet, filling. I’ve got it down to a science. I know exactly when it’s done. The oatmeal peels right off the sides, not sticking, and slides right into my bowl. Not too mushy or wet. Perfectly textured and steaming…

My mouth waters just thinking about it. And I just ate it!

What’s even better is it’s good for my body. A half-cup of cooked oatmeal plus a banana provide 10 grams of fiber, your RDA for soluble fiber. Oats slow the rate a body breaks down and absorbs carbohydrates, steadying blood sugar levels. Berries are loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream.

See where I’m going here?

Food does a body good. And when I eat good food, I feel better about my body. I love it actually. Cause I know I’m feeding my mind, body and soul.

Now let’s get to the loving my body part. (Get your mind outa the gutter!)

I start with the premise “My Body is a Temple”. My actions flow from that fundamental belief. You can understand why I do what I do, teach what I teach, believe what I believe. My body is a gift I honor with food, exercise, gratitude.

People ask me how I can have the same basic body I had twenty-five years ago. Well… I take care of it! Nutrition and exercise. That’s it. No great secret. I just wrote a post about how we honor others when we honor ourselves. If we are all One, then what we do to ourselves, we do to others and VICE VERSA. (Read “Namaste” here).

It’s circular, and therefore holistic. Which brings me back to my body.

Do I look in the mirror every day and think how beautiful and perfect my body is? Of course not. I find fault with myself just like everyone else. I’m talking big picture here. This morning I contemplated the miracle that is the body – inside and out. Skin, organs, hair, mouth, bones, legs, muscles, eyes.

And I thought: I love my body. I love what it does, how it feels, moves, functions. So what must I do to make it feel good, look good and be its best? I can start by feeding my body in a way that bolsters its ability to heal itself, function optimally and look super F.I.N.E.

So, yeah, I love my body. It’s a constant work in progress, just like me.

To bring it all home to the mission and purpose of EcoRico, I’ll leave you with this thought: The health of the planet dictates the health of my body. Junk in, junk out. If the soil in which my food grows is toxic, so is the food grown in that soil, which I then put in my body. Ah, the circle of life. That’s a discussion for another time.

Today just think about what you can do to love your body more.

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