When women get together, it's not uncommon for the conversation to drift toward one topic in particular, a topic that plus-size style expert Marcy Guevara says it is due time to retire: weight and body-related issues.
"I find myself at times in groups of women and we get on these topics of the latest juice cleanse and the latest workout fad. And while I love juice and working out, there are so many other things we could be talking about," Guevara says. "Building a business, writing a book, creating a new mommy's group, whatever it might be!"
Because body issues tend to be such familiar territory among friends, Guevara knows the topic won't go away instantly. So, to help phase it out, she suggests taking a more thoughtful, conscious approach to the conversation and being willing to steer it in another direction.
"I think it's important for us to be aware of those conversations and, as women, not be afraid to say, 'What's the last book you read?' when people are talking about their cellulite or talking about a certain pair of pants that doesn't fit," she says.
"It's OK to change the conversation," Guevara continues. "And to be the one that says, 'I want to talk about something else. I don't want to talk about the latest diet.'"
With so many other engaging topics out there, why spend energy on one that is so draining, Guevara reasons. If you'd like those topics to be on the table, it's up to you to lead the shift -- and there's really no need to feel anxious about going against the norm, she adds.
"Don't be afraid to be that friend that changes the conversation and gets the group talking about something else," Guevara says. "I think you'll be really surprised at how grateful people are, because that conversation is really exhausting."
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