January’s choice for my Hay House’s book review hit home! Different to other books, which were presented to me when I was following a certain path or needed some guidance, this was more of a reminder of my own feelings and life and where I came from to get here.
Katie H. Willcox’s book, Healthy is the New Skinny, could be my journal. I truly enjoyed Katie’s journey because it was so close to my own, and aside from agreeing with her approach, I could feel what she felt and see what she meant, so it was a lovely read to get into. Moreover, it felt really honest! She is a model , a mother and a role model and she had to face her demons to get here.
We live in a society that bombards us with imagery and symbolism to define: what is acceptable, what is sexy, what is normal and what is beautiful. The messaging is very subliminal and we oftentimes do not even realize it is being shared with us, but our views form according to these messages and the standards they set.
Physical beauty is one of them: We see cover girls, runway models and actresses representing the role models of beauty. Skinny, flawless skin, a certain haircut, a certain bone structure, a certain style… Sure, there are many people who won the genetic lottery and look the way they do without effort. The rest are surrounded by professional artists to make them look amazing. Another percentage works really hard at looking a certain way and others? Where do we stand? We are somewhere in the middle, making continuous efforts to fit in without ever being close in looking like our “role models”.
But all the efforts, targets and standards are set on exteriority, not so much for our own benefit, but the benefit of those looking at us. In this process, however, we lose touch with our relationship with ourselves, what we want, our self esteem, what we feel we deserve and Katie, like a lot of us, went through the ups and downs of this broken relationship.
Her book describes in depth, all the angles and influences that created the relationship she had with her body and her health, except that health, both physical, spiritual and psychological were not something she was paying attention to or was aware of.
Katie’s journey is very inspiring but also practical as this book not only shares the hurdles but also victories and sets examples with easy to follow steps and exercises to get us readers to where we should be or at least begin our journey of consideration or where we should be.
An easy and very enjoyable read; perfect for women in particular, as Katie’s angle addresses mostly the issues we women face with our bodies and health. It is a great read on vacation, during commutes and just on weekends sipping on a cup of hot raw chocolate in front of the fireplace.