It’s certainly public knowledge that singer Alanis Morissette–who penned one of the greatest break-up anthems of our generation (i.e., “You Oughta Know”) — hasn’t always had an ideal relationship with her body.
“I struggled with eating disorders, especially in my teens, but I’ve noticed when I treat my body like an instrument instead of an ornament, my relationship with food completely changes.”
Alanis, the ex-girlfriend of my lovah-though-he-doesn’t-know-it (i.e., Ryan Reynolds), is looking pretty slender these days following a very public weight gain after their break-up three years ago. She says she has turned to running as a means of warding off the depression that had plagued so much of her life, and has since run several marathons.
I can totally see what she’s saying. For me, exercise is the one thing that always, always, always makes me feel better. If I’m sad, stressed, angry, even happy … turning to exercise — so long as it’s not abused/excessive — is a much healthier solution than reaching for copious amounts of sugar.
Yet lately I’ve done a good job of balancing exercise (not working out too much, listening to my body when I was sick or needed a rest day) but I’ve been struggling with eating well … and have not been treating my body like an instrument at all … let alone an ornament.
Frankly, I’ve not been treating it, period! So you can imagine that I benefited enormously from reading Alanis’s wise words.
Anyway, with such a positive manner of viewing her body — as an instrument rather than an ornament (i.e., focusing on health and fitness –vs. just to look good for Hollywood’s expectations) it seems like she is really on the path to body acceptance … something we can all strive for — you oughta know.
How about you? What does her quote mean to you?