Editor's note: Hannah Plotnek is the daughter of mbg contributor Jennifer Plotnek. This piece was written in response to Jennifer's article, "How I'm Teaching My Daughters To Love Their Bodies."
Living under the same roof with a mother who is a therapist and a health coach has instilled important values about body image and food that have really helped me become the person I am today. She has taught my sisters and me from a young age to love and care for our bodies because we control them, not anybody else (including her). She always says, "I can't tell you what to do. I can't tell you that you have to workout, or you're not allowed to eat that extra bite because ultimately the decision is yours. At the end of the day, it's your body, not mine." While my mom has taught me many things about my body, there are five things that have stood out as I've become older that I want to share with other women: