Today I want to talk about body image, media, and the culture of ideals that we live in.  It’s something that weighs heavy on my mind always, but that I’ve been struggling with more lately.  I’m seeing an acupuncturist and an Ayurvedic doctor to treat some health issues I’m contending with (more on that another day, but please don’t worry all will be well!) and they’ve advised me to eat exclusively cooked foods, to eat an abundance of protein via nuts and seeds, and to generally just incorporate more fat into my diet to gain strength.  So I have. And my body is doing things, it’s changing. With these changes have come an extra 5 or so pounds that I’m carrying around to prove it.  I’ve been dreading shooting style posts because I can be very cruel to myself when I’ve gained weight.  I’m human, we gain and lose weight.  It happens, right?  And when I see it happen to those around me I recognize it for what it is- life.  And harmless.  But with myself, I beat myself up.  I say things to myself that I would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS say to someone I love.  {more on this after the jump}

SHOP THIS OUTFIT:  shirt: Robert Rodriguez, shorts: Finders Keepers, shoes: Zara (old, similar), clutch: Clare Vivier, bracelets: Young + Frank, Giles + Brother, ring: Jules Smith

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