The Real Women Have Curves Diet

(a working list) The goal is to lose one thing, perhaps the heaviest weight you’ve been carrying — shame

image by ashley lukashevsky

1. Eat what you want to eat.

Tacos, burritos, fruit with chamoy

We have a lot of shame for what we eat. Even labeling something as “healthy” vs “unhealthy” adds this pressure and stress to the food choices we make on a daily basis. Every body is different and has different needs. If you’re body is nourished, you will glow.

2. Spend some time thanking your body for what it does for you

“Damn, legs — you really carried me up four flights of stairs today, that’s badass, thank you”

WE DON’T CHEER ON OUR BODIES ENOUGH. Seriously. Our bodies are so intelligent and often times our brains choose to ignore what the body needs. This leads to fatigue and breakdown. If your body is aching, pay attention and slow down.

3. Dance to your favorite music.

Cumbia, reggaeton, oldies, trap…or a little bit of everything

The more you get into it, the better you will feel and the more endorphins you will release.

And why not, some post-workout tacos after.

4. Block the haters.

Seriously. As if your life choices affect others that much that they feel the need to comment or stare or point at you. Nope.

Block them. Don’t waste your precious energy on them.

Eat another taco.

Okay, so this isn’t a conventional diet plan, but I’ve been contemplating food as I enter rehearsals for Real Women Have Curves. Josefina Lopez wrote this play in the 80’s but so many of the topics apply to today. I haven’t always been concerned with my weight — but society sure has. I grew up hearing girls talk about anorexia and bulimia, women on TV all a size 0 and the women in my family giving me a “are you sure you want to eat all of that” look at family gatherings. It’s fascinating how we pick apart our bodies and are so dumbfounded by new diet trends that we play into the circus of sizes and measurements again and again. I’ve realized that to embrace the lessons this play has gifted I must take in body positivity with new feverish strength. And guess what, I feel lighter already!

~~ Real Women Have Curves will be playing September 8th-October 1st 2017 at the Costa Mesa Playhouse. Find out more HERE. ~~

(this is an opinion piece not sponsored by Costa Mesa Playhouse or your local taqueria)

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