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Do you love yourself more now?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 29, 2011 at 7:03 PM

The end of the year is a lovely time to reflect on this last cycle 'round the sun, especially concerning our attitudes towards ourselves. I see so many people in my life, and definitely here on PH who are very hard on themselves, and have a lot of negative energy around who they are, their bodies, etc. I personally have worked through so much negative self image(physical, mental, spiritual, emotional), and also know that this is a lifelong process. Since I found this path that is commonly referred to as Paleo, I have healed in so many ways, and on so many levels...but the most profound is a sense that I actually now have love for myself for the first time in my life, and that love is growing. Sometimes one's personal progress can be difficult to measure. We try to measure pounds and inches, but what I'm talking about is deeper, and takes some honest introspection to judge how far we've come. I'd love to hear others' reflections on this, and would also love to encourage others to focus more on love in the coming year!

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on July 23, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Hey there -- sorry to do this, but can you please email me at TuitNutrition at gmail dot com? I have a question about the NTP training and I don't know how else to contact you. Thank you so much! :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 30, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Happy for you Isa Palstek!

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on December 29, 2011
at 09:37 PM

Well said, Jesse!

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on December 29, 2011
at 09:03 PM

I find eating well balances me mentally, but "moving my body" (as you put it) really helps me love myself more and forgive my "flaws". Who cares if my thighs are jiggly, if their strength lets me dance?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 29, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I like the image of the twins fighting for control...totally relate.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 29, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I totally agree that filtering out the opinions of those around us to hear our own voice is essential to the healing journey.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on December 29, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I have a positive image of Kamal also, or maybe it's because his avatar looks like AT.

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I have a positive image of Kamal.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 29, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Well, as for the hippie crunchy bit, I live in Southern Oregon, so that comes with the territory...as for you having a negative self image, I've read enough of your words that that surprises me, you seem like a wonderful human being who inspires others, and I wish you godspeed on retraining your brain!

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:11 PM

Great question! It might sound too hippie-crunchy for some, but this seems to be a big part of life to me. Plus, it reminds me of Miranda July, who I love.

Personally, I have had a very negative physical self-image for the last 2-3 years, and it has crept into my mental self-image and taken over. This is a great reminder to walk the other path more, re-train the brain, and all that jazz.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on December 29, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I have a positive image of Kamal also, or maybe it's because his avatar looks like AT.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on December 29, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I have a positive image of Kamal.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 29, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Well, as for the hippie crunchy bit, I live in Southern Oregon, so that comes with the territory...as for you having a negative self image, I've read enough of your words that that surprises me, you seem like a wonderful human being who inspires others, and I wish you godspeed on retraining your brain!

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:11 PM

I'm a lot more self-confident these days. Confidence comes from a positive self-view - so yes. :)

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:37 PM

Yes. But there are many factors involved in loving yourself. Health does play a big role! If I feel good, and look good...it's a strong start!

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on December 29, 2011
at 08:18 PM

I feel more at peace with myself. Rather than feeling 2 people inside my soul fighting for control, I now feel one person making rational choices in consultation with feelings.

There is no battle with the evil twin, the person who was helpless against the urge/need to binge. There is only the person who went to Burger King with the grandkid today, had 1/3 of a bacon cheeseburger and a few salty fries and handed the rest to the kid. No need to fear or despair, just a harmless splurge that will be a happy memory until Memorial Day when I plan to do it again.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 29, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I like the image of the twins fighting for control...totally relate.

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I have always loved myself and the potential of who I am and the calling of creativity within me -- however, I have, on occasion, been most disappointed in my physical form and its ability to get me where I feel called to go. This past year, I've truly come to cherish myself -- respecting both my limitations and my capacity to change/grow. I am more comfortable in my physical form, and able to hear so much more clearly what my physical form requires to get me to the places that I truly wish to go. I've also learned that, just because someone ELSE thinks that it is important for me to get to a certain place does NOT mean that that place is a good one for me... and sometimes, it just isn't a place I really feel called to go... and that's OK. This past year, I became comfortable with the idea that I can -choose-... if something I choose doesn't go in a way that is one that I like, I can always change my mind and try something different... so, in a long-winded way, I guess I could say that "yes, following this intuitive, ancestrally-inspired way of life has helped me to be happier with myself, my body, my decision-making processes, and my independence"!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 29, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I totally agree that filtering out the opinions of those around us to hear our own voice is essential to the healing journey.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:50 PM

For sure!

Eating well & moving my body is a great act of self-love.

Going Primal has made a huge difference in how I feel about myself.

My health journey has helped me have more compassion for myself & others.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on December 29, 2011
at 09:37 PM

Well said, Jesse!

0e5045fb58c84420a8eb7ee8d41dfc12

(258)

on December 29, 2011
at 09:03 PM

I find eating well balances me mentally, but "moving my body" (as you put it) really helps me love myself more and forgive my "flaws". Who cares if my thighs are jiggly, if their strength lets me dance?

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:48 PM

Before discovering Paleo I had no real tool for the multiple sclerosis I was diagnosed with some 4 and a half year ago. This summer I discovered the Paleo Diet / Solution / Lifestyle and it changed everything!! It's a big big perspective, more than a perspective! All about my body has improved that much until now, that also my mind is in a very good = happy mood back again. I haven't felt like this for several years. I'm grateful!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 30, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Happy for you Isa Palstek!

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