Last night myself and 159 other women (and a few men!) in Alice Springs had the privilege of watching the new 2016 Documentary Embrace. It was an incredibly powerful documentary that hit pain points for women of all ages; mums, teenagers, even 'threenagers' got a mention!
Despite what Taryn's haters say on social media, Embrace is not about 'letting yourself go' or becoming unhealthy. Instead, it is about loving and accepting your body (your HEALTHY body) in whatever size or shape it is meant to be. It is about empowering you to live in a way that is exciting for YOU, finding exercise that is FUN for YOU and eating food that is NOURISHING your mind, body & soul - which is so tuned into my own philosophies its not funny!
I loved this film and think everyone (including the men in our lives) should see it. Whether you are currently struggling with body image issues, or have in the past, or know someone else that needs a little love - I highly encourage you to see this film.
What the documentary is about...
The unusual before and after photo created a media frenzy worldwide, going viral and being seen by more than 100 million people. Seeing the impact this had, Taryn Brumfitt created the documentary Embrace to share her story.
It follows Taryn as she travels the world over 9 weeks meeting with some of the most inspirational women. Incredible stories of overcoming body shame, an intimate showcase of a visit to the plastic surgeon, a red carpet event with a hilarious German actress... all tied together with a healthy dose of Australian humour and plenty of real-world nudity.
My take-away from Embrace - the body image documentary...
This film perfectly highlights one of the biggest issues with our tech-crazy modern world. We are so accustomed to perfectly photoshopped models that our cultural ideas of beauty are completely unrealistic.
If the beautiful models hate their bodies, are eating cotton balls soaked in gatorade to stay thin only to end up seriously photoshopped anyway; how on earth can anyone else expect to achieve the 'perfect body'?
The average Australian is a size 12, 170cm tall and around 70kg. This very normal description is actually considered plus size in the modelling world!
It is a refreshing view of a serious issue that is impacting women in all cultures.
My twins are beautiful, but they won't grow up hearing that everyday.
Instead, my twins will grow up being congratulated on achievements and what they do. This point right here is the most important take-away from this film if we are to affect change; stop conditioning our children to see themselves through a critical lens analysing how they look. Instead, teach them to EMBRACE their bodies for the beautiful, unique gifts they are.
This film ties in seamlessly with my own philosophy around 'dieting'..
As a health coach I work a lot with women that want to change their bodies; lose weight, gain weight, clear up skin, build muscle, 'tone up' etc. But a huge part of what makes my approach different is that I do not endorse dieting. I don't give you a plan, a list of rules, or anything restricting. Why?
"People don't fail diets, diets fail them"
Instead of conforming to societies ridiculous views of 'skinny = healthy & happy, skinnier=healthier & happier' I work with my clients to embrace their natural curves, encourage them to live healthy, active lifestyles and eat amazing nourishing food. Maintaining optimum health really is that simple, but in real life it is tough to implement!
Get someone in your corner to help you sort through the BS information out there, see past marketing hype and become immune to photoshopped propaganda. Contact me for a FREE, no obligation initial consultation and start living your best life now.