Imagining beauty and health

We certainly take a different view these says, about feminine beauty….

…compared to Botticelli’s exquisite 15th century depiction of beauty herself…

What’s going on here?

Are you able to enjoy your body without guilt?

Is each meal and snack a reason to admonish yourself with critical self-judgment?

Are you a slave to someone else’s opinion about how you should look?

How do you balance your need to move and to be still, to be nourished and comfortable, to enjoy yourself, and to be healthy?



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Botticelli The Birth of Venus c 1486

3 thoughts on “Imagining beauty and health

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  1. Thanks for sharing the link. That whole article was interesting. Eating mindfully seems to be a thing of the past for many people. I love different ways of eating, like slow food and veganism for the simple reason that they often make people pay attention to what they’re about to eat.

  2. I happened to click on this post at the same time as I was eating Nutella straight from the jar :-D
    Having said that, I did have chick peas and vegetables for dinner. I try to balance what my body needs with what I’d really like to eat by making sure most of my meals are very healthy, then I can have the treats too.
    Despite my Nutella-eating ways, my body is and always has been closer to that of the woman in the first photo, and I sometimes get criticised for being too thin. Too thin, too pudgy…as long as you’re eating well and exercising in moderation, anything should be ok.

    1. Hi Brigid
      we’re having a Nutella moment over here too! I use it instead of chocolate icing on love-filled, homemade cakes.
      I like your final comment in particular.
      In one of those serendipitous moments, today I found this quote on a fabulous food site.
      “As you eat, know that you are feeding more than just a body. You are feeding the soul’s longing for life, its timeless desire to learn the lessons of earthly existence — love and hate, pleasure and pain, fear and faith, illusion and truth — through the vehicle of food. Ultimately, the most important aspect of nutrition is not what to eat but how our relationship to food can teach us who we are and how we can sustain ourselves at the deepest level of being.” Marc David
      It appears on this page:

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