This time of year, it should come as no surprise to me, but somehow, it always does: The usual barrage of 'get ready for that bikini' advertisements and products have suddenly made their appearance. And let me tell you, there's some pretty scary stuff out there that people (women in particular) are willing to do to their bodies in order to fit into our modern day culture's view of what is beautiful.
Not that there's anything wrong with using tips and tricks and helpful methods when you need them. After all, looking our best requires effort on our part, especially as we get older. But what kind of effort are we talking about?
My mouth dropped open as I perused a recent popular newsletter which suggested all kinds of body shaping and beautifying methods such as liposuction, injections ranging from saline solution to botox, breast implants, and self tanners.
Some of the methods mentioned were as familiar as tummy tucks, others were new and cutting edge such as machines which emit sound waves that can break up your fat so that it can be reabsorbed by your body. Fortunately, this last one has not been approved in the US just yet. And for approximately $500, men can even grow back their hair to fit in with those freshly carved out beach babes.
Aside from the outrageous expense, I'm sure I don't even need to mention the many drawbacks and possible risks of these surgical and very unnatural procedures, even though some of them may bring about short term desired results.
And, as old fashioned or counterculture as it may sound, is it really all that important to go through some of these physical and financial contortions just to feel you look good enough or accepted? What price might you pay in the long run just to be admired for some impressive superficial aspect of your body? This type of thinking needs to stay in the shallow end.
Are we really after short term quick fix results that are simply artificial at best and dangerous at worst? With a little knowledge and effort on our part we can change our diet and our lifestyle habits, pick up a few beautifying tips along the way, and have impressive results. This method will also go a long way in fighting the long term side effects once the beauty benefits have packed their bags and left.
Personally, I don't see anything wrong with sticking to the tried and true methods of losing weight and firming your body: proper diet and exercise. If I happen to see you on the beach and your tan is not perfectly even on your legs, believe me, I won't think any less of you. (I probably won't even notice.)
Eating a raw food diet and partaking in regular exercise does much more for your body and health than just making you look good in a bathing suit, although it can definitely help in that arena as well.
Once a person transitions into a raw food diet, a lot of the things that kept them from attaining their ultimate beauty in the first place fall by the wayside, and they start to see their authentic and natural beauty emerge.
People living the raw food lifestyle are said to have a healthy 'glow'; they exude positive energy, they are more often than not fit and toned, and most importantly, comfortable in their own skin. Now that's a place I wish for everyone this summer!
If you are new to the raw food diet idea and you want to find out more information about changing your appearance the most natural way possible, there are online resources available. I have listed below three that I have found to be most helpful: http://rawfoodists.blogspot.com, http://rawfoodme.wordpress.com, and http://kaboodle.com/rawfood
James Beller is a blogger, online publisher and natural and raw food enthusiast. He writes articles for various websites and blogs which promote the raw food diet and natural health such as http://www.beautifulonraw.com.