By Kristen Donia

When you Google the term “body positive” you are presented with over 2 million results. That is a lot of information. There are mixed reviews. Many call the body positive movement essential to our current culture, while others consider it harmful due to its approach. Let’s break down the basics by playing a game of true or false.

Are all bodies different?

Is every ‘body’ beautiful?

Is it okay that all bodies vary in size, shape, and color?

Do you feel it is important to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables?

These questions are the basis of what we’re talking about when we discuss body positivity. We all possess different bodies. And we are all born perfectly, imperfect. Our unique experiences, relationships, and even traumas shape our lives and our bodies along the way. The relationship with ourselves, our caretakers, and food in our upbringing contribute to our lifestyle choices throughout our lives.

With that being said, not everyone is meant to be the same size, wear the same size jeans, like the same colors, brands, or have the same style. We are all meant to be different. Our differences are what make our life experience special and give us the opportunity to live inspired lives, unique from one another.

When we discuss body positivity, we are saying that your body is inherently beautiful, just as it is.  This is to say – if you want to stay exactly as you are – perfect! If you want to lose weight – go for it! If you want to gain muscle – awesome! Get it, girl. But whatever your body goals are, ensure you are getting the nutrients your body needs to thrive.

Eat a variety of fruits, veggies, grains and proteins and move your body! Go for walks or find an activity that allows you to access your arms, legs, spine, and the pumping of your heart. Find a way to process your emotions, discuss or write how you feel in this life, in this body, in this society, family, etc. This is important in getting to the root of what we want and why we want it. If you desire change, why do you think that is? If you are resisting change, how come? Use the prompt “Today I feel…” anytime you need to sort through and get to the foundation of how you’re feeling. 

Essentially, do what makes you feel good. We only get these trips around the sun, so dance the dance of life and do what makes you feel good along the way.


Kristen Donia is a freelance writer living in a tiny house she built in sunny Southern Oregon. She has a Bachelors Degree in Education and has dedicated her life to studying and writing about empathy, vulnerability and enriching the human experience.