Stop Criticizing Your Body And Show It Some Love

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

If you are constantly criticizing your body, you are like most women. Why do we do this? We need to stop. It’s not healthy and doesn’t help anything. Why not change your attitude and start appreciating your body for what it is: strong, healthy, functional, and beautiful! OK, maybe not EVERY part of it is perfect, but does that really matter? No, it doesn’t. For this week’s Love Essentially, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press, and several other newspapers across the U.S., I interviewed Dr. Sue Pilossoph (my sister!), who talks about what a woman can do to show her body love, and what benefits come from that.



Your Body Is Amazing. Start Treating it That Way!

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Take three words out of your vocabulary when you look at your body in the mirror:




Whether size 2 or 22, and whether they’re 25 or 55, many women (and men!) have a tendency to focus on what they don’t like about themselves physically and what they wish they could change — whether it’s their weight, saggy skin, a muffin top or wrinkles, to name just a few.


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Negative body images can be toxic to self-esteem, gratitude and overall happiness. So why are we so critical of ourselves?

It’s not just idealized magazine photos and the celebration of celebrities’ near-perfect bodies. Now, it’s easy to use software in our phones and on Facebook and Instagram to create flawless pictures of ourselves that don’t show the real us.

We waste time keeping up with unrealistic expectations of perfection instead of doing what we should be doing: appreciating our bodies for all the wonderful things it does to keep us alive, healthy and active.



Dr. Sue Pilossoph (who also happens to be my sister) is a Florida-based emergency physician with a focus on integrative medicine — care that implements the use of herbs, food and lifestyle changes to help with healing and maintaining good health.

“The most beautiful women you see… (Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press, along with several other major newspapers across the U.S.)

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Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

2 Responses to “Stop Criticizing Your Body And Show It Some Love”

  1. Lourdes Acosta

    I find that maintaining body positivity is all about staying in the moment and being trying to be okay with how your body looks right now. We all have different goals for our bodies, but ruminating on what we don’t like won’t help us reach them any faster. Love love love this post!


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