Very majestic photo of my amazing and perfect puggle-mix, R2 ^
I was listening to this podcast today, that I listen to every week called The Love, Food Podcast. It’s this wonderful show by dietician Julie Duffy Dillon that focuses on a “healthy at every size” mindset.
Every week, listeners write a letter “to food” about things they are struggling with, and Julie (and sometimes a guest) will weigh in on that issue and then end the episode with a response letter, “from food.” I like to refer to it lovingly as “my therapist-lite.” I try to force myself to listen to it every week, even when I’m feeling really confident with myself, to help further drive home these positive messages about my body and food.
So anyways, back to the show I recently listened to. Julie had a guest on named Lauren Anton, and she mentioned this thing called Poodle Science. This idea has been a little bit of a game changer for me, so I’m excited to share it with you.
The super simple idea is that there are many types of dogs, right? Pugs, mastiffs, greyhounds, chihuahuas, poodles… And all those dogs all look different. So with that in mind, would you ever expect a mastiff to look like a poodle? No, you wouldn’t. Would you ever chastise a mastiff for not having the same body weight as a poodle? No, you hopefully wouldn’t. Even if you did, and you starved a mastiff enough to have the same weight and measurements as a poodle, would that mastiff be healthier for it? No, it would be starved, because it’s not a healthy mastiff weight.
So, with that in mind, why do we do this to people? Not everyone is 5’7 and 120 lbs. So, why expect someone that naturally sits at 5’2 and 150 lbs to be exactly like the person at 5’7?
This new perspective was really helpful for me today. The nature of my job forces me to look at beautiful fashion models for so many hours of the day, and many days out of the week. It is what it is. Sometimes it’s not a big deal, I just zone out, do my job, and go home happy as a clam. Sometimes, though, I become aware of the girls I am looking at, and I commit the greatest sin: comparing myself to them. I am a pug trying to compare myself to a greyhound. A pug that truly believes that if she just stopped eating, and started working out constantly, and maybe got her teeth straightened and her hair fixed, and moisturized more, and did 1000 other things, she really could be a greyhound. How silly does that sound, though? That sounds INSANE. Then I remembered that I am a pug… I’m not a greyhound. And pugs are really cute, and they are REALLY good at snuggling… and at the end of the day, they are just as good a dog as any greyhound could ever be.
So, my fellow bulldogs, retrievers, corgis, pugs, and poodles… be proud of who you are <3
Oh! And Happy Holidays 🙂