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 “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” -Buddha

I’m a firm believer in the power of positive thoughts. Most of us have heard some variation on the phrase, “What you think about, you bring about.” But how many of us have ever stopped to consider how the quality of our thoughts may be affecting our health and well-being?

Louise Hay, renowned metaphysical teacher and healer, speaks of disease – “dis-ease” – as an interruption of the body’s energy flow or natural state, which is optimal health and wellness. She states:

I believe that we contribute to every “illness” in our body. The body, as with everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. Our body is always talking to us, if we will only take the time to listen. Every cell within our bodies responds to every single thought we think.

Illness is the body’s way of telling us that there’s a false idea in our consciousness. Something that we’re believing, saying, doing, or thinking is not for our highest good.

Those of us that have lived much our lives in full(er)-figured bodies have been subject to a negative societal train of thought for many years. We are diagnosed as fat because we don’t measure up to the standards set on random height/weight or BMI charts, and hear that we must lose weight STAT in order to get healthy, because until we comply, disease is lurking right around the corner, waiting to pounce on us. And we don’t want to be on the wrong side of that line drawn in the sand, do we?

We mimic what we hear by telling ourselves that fat is bad. We tell ourselves that we are therefore not good enough, or perhaps unworthy of goodness, and that if our friends knew what we were really like, that they’d run away screaming. Often, our belief that we are bad also makes us self-identify as lazy, which interferes with the energy we need in order to make positive efforts for our health, like rehauling our nutritional choices or going to the gym. It’s enough to incite a certain level of panic! This negative pattern creates undue stress, which can lead to use of maladaptive coping mechanisms that contribute to physical and mental illnesses.

What if, by hopping aboard the culturally constructed train of thought about our bodies, we are inviting “dis-ease” into our lives? And what if, by simply tapping into the power of positive thinking, we can improve our health and stave off illness?

Take a moment to consider your current level of wellness, any health conditions you may be dealing with, and any negative thoughts or beliefs that may be contributing to your situation. Replace your negative thoughts about your body and its current state with positive affirmations like these:

            “I deserve good health.”

            “My healing is already in process.”

            “I listen with love to my body’s messages.”

Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once stated, “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” You possess the power to choose your thoughts, and to steer your health in a positive direction, so choose well.

Tammy Griffith, CPC, CRC, CFPC is a certified life coach with credentials in recovery and food psychology. Years of personal experience with weight stigma, body shame, food obsession, diets, and binge eating led her to investigate eating disorders and embrace the path of recovery — a path she’s been personally walking for over five years, and one that she sincerely looks forward to sharing with others. Tammy is especially passionate about songwriting, spirituality, and self-care. Follow her Tweets about body image, recovery, and more @edrecoverycoach, or visit her website at and Facebook at read more about

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