Last Thursday, I went along to a movie because Meg McClintock was a hosting a panel discussion after it. I love Meg’s passion for body positivity and how she helps other mums with their eating journey. She talks to school groups about positive body image and she advocates all the “right stuff” that I love about the food/feeding industry. BTW – Meg is also the co-host in the Feeding Toddler Boys video. I have to admit that I mostly I purchased a ticket as an excuse for a night out. Lately, I seem to self-justify taking some “me time” if it has something to do with play with food. Which I know is totally wrong and I should be able to go on a night out either way… I’m working on that :). Although it was great to go out, I was left feeling SO much more. So invigorated. I wanted to tell everyone about the feeling I had. The name of the movie was Embrace.
Embrace is the must see movie of your lifetime – Simone
I have little tears welling up in my eyes just thinking about the emotions that I experienced watching this movie. I want to tell you about the movie but also I have to (and it’s 100% non-negotiable) for me now, to teach my daughters to love their body. It’s their home. It’s where they live. all. of. the. time. And the best way to teach them is by showing them that I love my body. And a great saying from the movie is Fake it til you make it. Remembering that it won’t happen overnight and it may not happen easily.
Embrace takes you on a journey through the eyes of Taryn Brumfitt, an Adelaide-based mother of three. She was feeling pretty down on herself and her body shape after having 3 kids, she booked in for her plastic surgery and then she had her epiphany moment – “If I go through with this, what am I saying to my daughter about body image? How will I teach her to love her body? How am I going to encourage her to accept and love her body, when I am standing in front of her with a surgically enhanced body? What type of hypocrite or mother would I be?”
The documentary explains Taryn’s all-to-familiar story of teenage consumption of the “ideal body image” and her struggles with the body that motherhood bestowed upon her. The most resonating part of the movie for me is when Taryn walks out of a plastic surgery consult. She is confronted with the thoughts of her saggy and misshapen boobs and she reminds the audience that these boobs shouldn’t be shameful – they actually deserved a gold star – they provided a combined 4,000 meals to her 3 children!
Taryn travels the world meeting all sorts of body positive ambassadors and every one of these people is truly amazing.
With the decision to cancel my surgery firmly in place, it still left me with the awareness that I was stuck in a body that I didn’t love, with parts I detested. I was at rock bottom, I hated my body more than ever. Then a thought popped into my head. What if? What if I could live happily with my body? Was this even possible? – Taryn
Every body’s life journey is different and this is not at all an anti-plastic-surgery blog post. However, we do all have a body that we need to give a bit more love too. We need to call it out to ourselves when we start thinking negative thoughts about our body. We also need to bring an end to negative self-talk with friends and family. It’s about embracing what you have and recognizing that self-love is true beauty and bodies come in so many amazing and wonderful shapes, sizes, textures, colours and varieties.
The Embrace movie trailer:
As with every message we send our children (and I know I only focus on eating, play, physical movement and screen usage within this blog), our behaviour teaches them so much. Let’s bear this in mind as they grow and begin to take more and more decisions impacting their life. In particular, your eating journey is important in how you feed your child and raise them to being competent eaters, which I have dived into here and it’s the first module of the Happy Mealtimes eCourse (a 7 module course about making family meals happy including family meal recipes, shopping tips, meal planning and helping fussy eaters).
At the end of the screening there was talk of this movie being in schools. It’s my opinion that the movie would have more meaning and more impact if parents could watch it with their teenage children. The school system is overloaded with content they are delivering to children – this one is something that the family units need to step up and address.
I won’t go on and on about the movie, however, here are some links you can use to learn more about taking a journey towards being positive about your body. The hashtag for the movie is #ihaveembraced. If you have other links to body positive articles … please leave them in the comments!
Meg McClintock – Dietitian
Taryn Brumfitt – Body Image Movement
Why dieting doesn’t usually work – A Ted talk by Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt and her personal yo-yo dieting story coupled with how the brain works.
Treat Yourself Well – Psychology for a Healthy Mind and Body, Balmain, Sydney
Screenings of “Embrace” – Australia, US, NZ, Canada, UK, Europe or to register your interest in DVD release in 2017
Disclosure: I bought my own ticket to this movie. The opinions expressed are my own. This blog is not a replacement for specialist and individualized advice.