If you ask
any woman if she loves her body, she’s likely to say no. Tolerate it, along with its perceived flaws, perhaps. But love it? I don’t know any woman who doesn’t have at least some body issues.
I, for one, would love to have longer legs and slimmer hips to balance all my curvy parts. But I’m careful to keep these thoughts to myself when I’m around my kids. I don’t want to transfer my hang-ups to them, especially my two daughters, Claire and Maddy.
At eight and four years old respectively, they haven’t developed body issues yet, although I know it’s only inevitable as they grow older, and become influenced by what they see and read.
It’s an uphill struggle for a mum. I want my kids to grow up knowing how to take care of their health – being able to identify nutritious food and being active. I don’t want them to obsess over the way they look. I get upset whenever people, strangers included, tell my eldest daughter Claire that she’s so tiny for her age. I bristle when I’m “advised” that it’s all right for me to feed her more junk food so she can “get up to size”. Seriously?
Claire is young enough not to let it bother her, In fact, she proudly proclaims that she is a semi-pescatarian – with the exception of chicken wings, she’ll choose fish over meat anytime, and she loves vegetables and fruit. But in a few years, she’ll hit her tweens and then, who knows what will bother her about her body?
It’s not just my daughters. It’s also important for my son Francis, now twoand-a-half years old, to learn that looks aren’t everything.
For me, loving your body doesn’t have to mean liking all things physical about it. It means respecting your body and taking good care of it, from what you eat to your health.
That’s what we’re focusing on, in our story on page 60. We’ve asked women what they love about their bodies (I love how unexpected the answers are!), and brought you a range of new and fun workouts to keep fit with, plus beauty editor Simone’s curated list of gorgeous body washes and creams.
Other stories to tear out and keep this issue: romantic destinations for a second honeymoon (pg 90), eating by colour for a healthy heart (pg 86), and readers share where they take their parents for a nice meal (pg 132). You’ll also love the porridge recipes on page 106 – no century egg or chicken congee in sight. Think lobster congee, brown rice congee with clams, and more. Enjoy the season of love with Hubby!