Since returning from a much-needed, yearlong break from the music business, Demi Lovato has become one of our favorite advocates for those dealing with eating disorders and mental illness. But her influence goes way beyond that, and her recent tweet about the complexities of self-love proves it.
Lovato touches on a pretty interesting concept: It’s possible to love yourself while not necessarily loving what you see in the mirror at all times.
It can be hard to hold those dueling ideas in your head at once, but Lovato’s message is a reminder that pretty much everyone struggles with this at some point. No matter what, though, we’re always worthy of love—especially our own.
She followed up with another tweet about her decision to stop dieting and restricting herself:
While short-term diets can be beneficial, they’re not for everyone. And restricting yourself long-term can have a negative impact on your relationship with food. Even though it’s common to feel guilty about eating foods you previously thought of as evil, it’s important to remind yourself that food isn’t the enemy. In most cases, allowing yourself to eat anything in moderation is an overall healthier way to live.
Clearly Lovato knows how hard balance can be, and her message to fans—if she can do it, you can do it—is a powerful and necessary one.