My Little Big Life: The Ultimate Mom Detox

My Little Big Life: The Ultimate Mom Detox

That headline could be read a few different ways. It could mean: ‘Here is a crash diet “detox” that will help you lose all that awful, ugly, shameful weight you gained from having the nerve to make a baby, you worthless human being.” And it could also read: “The best way to rid the world of mothers, that horrid group of women who are poisoning the world one child at a time.” Or it could be saying: “The best way to rid yourself of the toxic feelings, emotions, and experiences that you have undergone since becoming a Mom in a world that undervalues us.” Sadly, most of the time it refers to the first one – and suggests the second. Well, I have happy news for you: This blog post is not about how to take up less space in the world. This is about how to claim more of it. A little while ago, after seeing the umpteenth ‘Skrinking Women’ post about ‘It has been three weeks since I had my baby and I still have not lost the baby weight’ on a forum for mothers, something woke me up. It was followed by: ‘I have decided to cut all gluten/grain/carbs out of my diet and just drink green juice and eat raw meat’ posts… which were followed by: ‘Why am I so exhausted all the time?’ These words were tying my belly into a knot. As someone who ‘still has not lost her pregnancy weight’ after 6 years, I have been through that shame, self-hatred and loss of self worth. It is a sucky to be banished to that planet; even suckier...

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