I was surfing the web and stumbled upon a few images called “The Athlete“by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein. They are a collection of Olympic athletes in their undies, showing us various body types that would be deemed “perfect” for their sport.
Working as the founder of a culinary website has put food front and center in my life. Between visiting trade shows, talking/dining with restauranteurs, and writing about our food experiences it’s impossible to get away from it.
But with great food comes a love/hate relationship with the gym and food moderation. It’s a battle I think all the people in this industry struggle with. How much is too much and how much food should they avoid/eat to maintain their weight.
Most people you ask about their ideal body will most likely mention a Hollywood actor. Men must have the 6-pack abs and 30-inch biceps. The Perfect female body must be tall and slender. But is it true? Is this achievable? Is controlling your food intake and going to the gym going to make you Brad Pitt? I don’t think so. Everyone’s body is different. The perfect me is not the perfect you.
We all struggle with trying to make ourselves temples of beauty and health, of being accepted and liked by society. These pictures illustrate that there are different pinnacles for perfect. No matter who you are, realize that there is a perfect you. Stay healthy, consult your doctor (and this blog) on the best eating habits and exercise practices and don’t allow pressures from outside forces to control your self-image. Be happy with who you are, enjoy your food, and enjoy life.
Don’t hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way – Lady Gaga