I know from my own family history with obesity, I had grown up largely unsympathetic, thinking of the disease as a character flaw for those with whom I had difficult relationships. With maturity I’ve come to accept that weight discrimination truly is the last acceptable prejudice in our society. And perhaps it only really happened when I’ve allowed myself to be compassionate for my own shortcomings in taking care of myself. This past month especially I have often buckled under the stress of moving and keeping up the entrepeneurial hustle, overindulging in espresso and sweets, and skimping on sleep and self-care. At any given time, we all try to do the best with what we’re working with, and often we’re flawed. These struggles create the foundation for our capacity for empathize with others in their times of need.
This is where professionals in integrative health seek to fill that gap for compassion in modern healthcare, by treating the whole person, not just a collection of symptoms. The team of practitioners that I have joined at Pekoe Wellness and Acupuncture, a holistic health clinic in downtown DC, is inspiring not only becacuse we each share a mission that attends to the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness of our clients, but above all, because we offer respect, compassion, and support. Please check out all of our offerings at Pekoe, including nutrition & wellness services from your truly.
Please enjoy the contents of this month’s newsletter, including the spicy, rich Penang curry recipe I brought back from Thailand and summer musings of turning body image on its head.