Authentic Body Love: Q&A With The Birds Papaya

Sarah Nicole Landry, a.k.a. The Birds Papaya, inspires thousands of people on her social-media platforms and podcast. After losing 100 pounds and going through a divorce, the mother of three began sharing her insight and wisdom on body positivity and self-love on social media when she realized losing weight didn’t provide happiness.

In a body-conscious world, Landry is honest, raw, and oh so relatable to anyone who crosses her path. Instead of shaming, she inspires. Instead of an obsession with perfection, she creates a safe space that allows for both acceptance and evolution. Her “journal of life and love after massive change” encourages others to embrace their own unique path in the pursuit of loving life — and realize that contentment comes with body peace.

Experience Life | Where did the name “The Birds Papaya” originate?

Sarah Nicole Landry | When I started blogging, I was a stay-at-home mom of two daughters, so I named it after their nicknames: Jemma “Birdie,” and Maya “Papaya.”

EL | You’ve said that after you lost 100 pounds, you worked through a lot of inner dialogues to discover the value and meaning behind self-love. What did you discover?

SNL | Well, first of all, that losing weight doesn’t automatically mean you’re happy. I had to re-evaluate my motives and journey throughout the experience, and I found that I was unhappy with my body even after weight loss. While weight loss is never inherently bad, it did create some bad habits and disordered eating for me, and a complete re-learning of my relationship with food and my body.

EL | What would you say to people who are struggling to love themselves?

SNL | That it’s OK. We’ve been conditioned to believe our bodies are the most important part of us, so to love it feels really important, too. The truth is, it’s not the most important or even most interesting part of you. To think more neutrally about your body and deprioritize its value in terms of your own self-worth allows you to make choices and show up for yourself beyond your body.

EL | What would you say to a woman who has become a mom and is struggling with her new body and her new role?

SNL | Change is hard. I’ve never coped well with it. For me, postpartum acceptance took almost a decade and that’s not uncommon. Sadly, for many, it’s because we’ve been led to believe we have to “bounce back” to a body we once had, when realistically, how can we? How can we be expected to ever go…

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