Lindsay and Lexie Kite, authors of More Than A Body, describe self-objectification as: “when people learn to view their own bodies from an outside perspective”. This is an unfortunate yet normal result of living in a world that places a lot of value on how one looks. Self-objectification can disrupt our lives in many ways. It distracts us and prevents us from being able to fully be present and focus on living rather than being looked at.
According to Lindsay and Lexie:
“Research shows us that when we live “to be looked at” in a perpetual state of self-consciousness about our looks, we are left with fewer mental and physical resources to do what can really bring happiness. We preform worse on math tests, logical reasoning tests, athletic performance, we have lower sexual assertiveness (the ability to say “no” when needed), and we are left anxious and unhappy.”.
In their book, they offer many ways to shift your thinking away from viewing your body as a collection of parts to be viewed and managed and towards viewing it as an instrument to live a full vibrant life. One step that you can take is to recognize when you are looking at yourself from an outsider’s perspective. Remind yourself, you are not here for the viewing pleasure of others, but here with the purpose of living your full authentic life!
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2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk of choice
1/3 cup oil
1.Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or line with cupcake liners.
2.In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt, mix well.
3.In a small bowl, combine milk, oil, and egg, blend well. Add wet ingredients to dry, stir until just combined.
4.Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pan. Enjoy!
Serving Size: 1-2 muffins
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