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A new you? Love the body you have

In the past month, all you have to do is watch television or thumb through a magazine to see that everyone needs to go on a diet, eat healthier food and shape up.

Yes, Americans love to eat. According to the USDA, we stuff our faces for an average of 67 minutes per day. That is roughly 24,455 minutes a year. But does that make us all obese, of course not.

While at the veterinarian’s office, I had an interesting conversation with Terri Tadlock, who works there. We don’t like what we are hearing. We don’t like to hear the message that says something is wrong with us.

A different body, a new diet or exercise program is not necessarily going to make you feel like a new person. You might gain more outward beauty, which we all know is in the eye of the beholder, anyway; but you won’t become a new person.

Certainly, while healthy habits can lead us to become healthier and feel more energetic, there’s no magical transformation to be found at the bottom of that bowl of broccoli, especially if happiness and inner-peace is what you’re after. No diet and exercise regimen can lead to that mythical state of bliss the ads are hawking.

It doesn’t matter if you are eating a jelly doughnut or a bowl of salad – either way you are an important, amazing person who has much to offer to this world. Everyone feels better when surrounded by love and gratitude instead of hate (especially the self-hate some want to talk you into) and dissatisfaction. Trust your body, keep listening to your instincts and if you’re really hungry, eat.

Have a comment or story idea for Pat? Email her at pateudy09@carolina.rr.com.

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