Body Positivity With A Healthy Lifestyle.

I have always been a thin person from as long as I can remember. I had people come up to my siblings and say 'do you eat her share of the food too?' Which, if you think about it now, was a horrible thing to say but that is how Pakistani aunties are for ya. But as soon as I got pregnant, the weight just piled on and the genetics kicked in hard, I guess. And it was just so depressing for me as a person who went from a size 8 to a size 12-14. From a girl who had a 30-inch waist to a mother who had stretch marks all over her 38-inch waist. Depression hit hard. Being positive in a mother's body was way too hard.I kind of got tired of saying the same old dialogue 'Well, I just had a baby' - It was three years ago now.

But, as time went by, I came to terms with the fact that I may lose weight but my body will never go back to being the same. If you are a reader from Pakistan, you'd know how obsessed people are with their and other people's weight. Their whole life is fixated around losing weight, which if you ask me, is kind of sadistic, no? So after coming to the UK, I started to see all sorts of women, in all shapes and sizes, literally in love with their bodies. Their internal battles with weight might be there but they rocked what they wore. And that is when it hit me, is body positivity as real as it sounds?

Being healthy doesn't really mean that you have to drink kale smoothies in the morning and hawking your calories and being obsessed with your Fitbit. You are just making yourself more depressed trying to be healthy and fit and then you end up over exercising for your cheat meal resulting in more bodily harm than staying healthy.

So how does one be healthy with having a body positive attitude?

Early to rise/Early to sleep.

You might have heard your parents say 'waking up early takes away half the stress of your life' - It is true. When you wake up early, one, your body adapts to being more active and you get more work done. Also, you start your day with the most important meal of the day: Breakfast. Compared to waking up late in the morning, you are lazier than general and have a breakfast that doesn't do good to your body. Sleeping early also has its benefits. You are giving your body the rest it deserves and also you are setting your body's alarm clock to wake up early then. Plus girl, them eye bags aren't really designer, innit?

Exercising.

They say that exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. And NOT a punishment for what you ate. Just because you are promoting a body confident image, does not mean that you give up all sorts of exercise. Exercising isn't just for losing weight. It makes you get rid of all the toxins in your body and keeps your heart healthy. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need to work out at least thrice a week. And by exercising, it doesn't mean that you should start strength training immediately and do cardio that makes you pass out. Exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle can be walking/light jogging or even dancing/Zumba classes to keep yourself more happy and energetic. Dance and music have been proven to make you happy no matter how shit of a day you have had. Biking is also a really good idea! 

Clothing.
Taking up from exercising first, if you are more on the curvier side, one generally tends to hide their body in loose gym wear and doesn't show any kind of skin. Being body positive means that you accept all kind of situations and rock what you wear. I have been loving gym wear from hunkemöller. Their Caro E collection is absolutely beautiful and you can absolutely rock their sportswear no matter what size. The material is absolutely amazing and breathable and it lets you move around freely without making you restrict any kind of pose. I don't just wear them while exercising, they have literally become my everyday pants. They are THAT comfortable.
Other than sports wear, you should feel comfortable in what you wear. If you want to wear a dress for the first time, go ahead and wear it. The important thing is that you feel confident in what you wear. Clothes that give an extra bounce in your step are what you should be wearing. 

Staying Positive.

This is literally the most important thing to do while you are promoting body positivity. Have you heard about the myth that talking positively with plants help them grow better with a quality difference? That is how the human body works. That myth is there for a reason. When you are feeling positive, you think happy. You see the good in things and people. You are less depressed and more energetic. You smile more often, which in turn releases more happy endorphins in your body. You judge people less and that radiates from within to make you feel even better. So how can you not be healthy when you are positive most of the time? Remember, you have been criticising yourself for years. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. 

Drinking Lots Of Water

Even if I don't spell it out for you, EVERYONE knows the benefits of drinking lots of water. To stay body positive, drinking at least three litres of water every day, brings more benefit than harm. You are more energetic, feel less fatigued and your body and mind are more alert and aware of the surroundings. Fewer headaches and less sugary cravings are also a part of drinking enough water every day. Water flushes out all the toxins from your body which gives you a clear skin and it also is the best anti-wrinkle product ever. 

Be confident with your body. And as clichèd, as it sounds, beauty does come in all shapes and sizes. But with being more confident and positive in your own body, you do need to approach a healthy lifestyle.