Body Snarking Hurts You More


Following on from yesterday’s post about the language of diet now turning to suck in the language of unconditional body acceptance, I was reminded about the work of Marasu Emoto, a Japanese alternative medicine doctor and researcher, who says that water can hold emotions.

So if we label a bottle of water  with the word ‘love’ and then freeze the water, the ice crystals will be incredibly beautiful. Water labelled ‘hate’ produced distorted ugly crystals.

Our bodies are made of water, 61.8% of the average person’s weight is water. At birth, babies are made of 78% water. Our brains are 85% water, and our bones are 15% water. There is no tissue in our body which does not contain water. Water is a lubricant, the universal solvent, and the carrier of every enzyme in the body.

So, if we’re snarking at our bodies every day, feeling ugly and unworthy, feeling like a failure because we failed at a diet again, freaking out because the number on the scale today is higher than it was yesterday…. hating our thighs, wishing and hoping and trying to force our butts to be smaller tighter rounder, feeling disappointed about our breasts, and sad about our stomachs – what does all that negative intention do to the water in every cell of the body?

Maybe not today, maybe not even this year, but over time I cannot imagine that we won’t experience discomfort, disease, and certainly emotional issues like depression, as a side-effect of directing all that hate at our bodies.

Consider this – if you’re continually dieting to lose weight, what are you telling your body?

Does that mean you should give up trying to have a perfect body? I’d never say that – but what I would say is that you already have the perfect body – yes I know, it’s hard to believe :). When we can unhook from the nasty body hating messages of the weight loss industry, and love and accept our bodies just the way they are, then we partner with our bodies, nurture and honour them, give them exactly what they need, not what some manufacturer of food-like substances tells us they need! To me, that’s perfect 🙂

Here’s what Dr Emoto has to day about it, and there’s an experiment you can do prove it yourself, if you need to…


  1. Cricket on January 5, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I so needed this right now.

    • Anonymous on January 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Cricket, I think we can all use a reminder to be nicer to ourselves – all around us are those constant messages that we have to less to be more – hard to resist. And Nyew Year season seems to pour on the guitl as well – LOL!

  2. Lenore on January 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

    This is awesome Sandy – such a fabulous message – shame the magazines are not publishing stuff like this instead of airbrushing photos and doing articles on how to lose weight , having plastic surgery and botox and all that other stuff. Cheering you on for sure!

    • Anonymous on January 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Lenore – but then, what would they advertise on those glossy pages? Actually I don’t mind the ads, I like to know what’s available (then I get on google and find out more) but it’s the other tripe… all that gossip about people bugs me, it diminishes us as humans I think….

  3. Amanda on January 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Thanks so much for this post, it’s a real eye opener!

    • Anonymous on January 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Amanda 🙂

  4. Michelle on January 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Positive thinking is wonderful for the body, soul, and mind. Put up positive post-its to remind yourself of what you need to tell yourself every day.

    • Anonymous on January 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      You’re so right MIchelle – research tells us that our emotions respond immediately to our thoughts – and our bodies follow. Post-its can be a great reminder of who we are be-ing 🙂

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