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I never really talk about my ed and i know should. after going so long thinking i was fine and everyone does this it didn’t seem like anything was wrong. growing up thinking the only forms of an eating disorder were anorexia or bulimia & i wasn’t making myself throw up & you couldn’t see my bones so i was fine in my mind.

but instead of going on and on about eating disorders let’s talk about this side by side. i almost typed before and after but as most people know recovery is on going always..

the first picture on the left is from me at disneyland 5 years ago. 5 years ago i ate a pop tart for breakfast before going to disneyland, that’s it just the pop tart. didn’t eat a single thing the rest of the day, at disneyland i didn’t eat any of the amazing food. then after taking that picture i remember thinking about how disgusting i thought i looked. i hated every picture i took that day.

now fast forward 4 years to my last time in disneyland last april same spot a completely different person. a person who ate everything and anything they could. a person who enjoyed their time and everything around them. wasn’t cranky from being hungry. a person who took a million pictures and still posting them almost a year later cause they’re all such good memories.✨

like i said recovery is an everyday battle. there’s still rough days but knowing how far i’ve come & having friends that help it gets easier. not having to feel like i need to punish myself for “over indulging” is my biggest win and i’m so grateful♥️
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#edrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #neda #nedawareness #nedaweek #nedaawarenessweek #nedaweek2020 #eatingdisorderawareness #recovery #sidebyside

comment 42 star 397 4 weeks ago

In honor of @neda awareness week, here’s a reminder to never give up on yourself. life can be more than obsessing over food, starvation, hours of cardio, analyzing every inch of your body, or doing whatever behavior it is you or someone you know chooses to do. recovery is a journey. it has it’s highs and lows, it’s sudden curves, and the terrain is challenging — but it’s a journey worth taking. these photos are about seven years apart, and my journey is still going. but one thing i will say: life became a lot easier when i stopped hyper-focusing on my stomach and a six pack (side note: if a six pack is your goal, go for it. i’m not bad-mouthing anyone with or striving for a flat chiseled stomach!). 🔹
if you’re suffering, surround yourself with people who support you and take the first step (no matter how small). and then keep taking those small steps each day. some days you might stand still, that’s ok. some days you might stumble back, that’s ok. but no matter what keep believing in yourself. 🔹
if you know someone suffering, let them know you’re there for them. together we can start regaining control of our lives and living them without a book full of rules and restrictions 🙌🏼✨
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#nedawareness #edsurvivor #eatingdisorderrecovery #neda #intuitiveeating #mentalhealth #antidiet #girlsgonestrong #nevergiveup #selflove #coach #activeliving #movenourishbelieve #livelife #fitnessunfiltered

comment 35 star 443 last month

I haven’t posted all week as i’ve been under the weather, but it would be unlike me to not recognize this past week...
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it’s honestly taken me years to truly love & accept myself.
after suffering anorexia & bulimia in my teens through my 20s & 30s, my self-love & belief didn’t exist...
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over the years, i’ve grown, seen & experienced more & have realized a few things... it’s ok to be ok...
it’s ok to not be ok...
it’s ok to love yourself...
it’s ok to believe in yourself...
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recovery is a journey.
you’re going to stumble & fall, but each time you pick yourself up and slowly move forward, you’re one step closer to living, believing & loving the beautiful creation that you are!
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#nationaleatingdisorderweek #nedawareness #nedaweek
@neda

comment 41 star 210 last month

I love that we have a week for raising awareness, speaking out, and encouraging others to do the same. but i also think it’s very important to remain true and transparent about eating disorders.
so, this year, i’m doing just that.

truth is: i wanted to facetune this picture.
truth is: this has been a tough year.
truth is: i’m flooded with thoughts like “am i good enough? am i skinny enough? i look large in that photo. am i too short? am i too curvy? why can’t i be as cute as her?” truth is: i’m in the entertainment business and i love it. but comparison takes over my mind way more than it should.
truth is: recovery is forever. recovery looks different every single day. recovery looks different for everyone.
truth is: when tattoo conversations come up, i avoid talking about my neda tattoo because i don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. but then this week arrives and i’m reminded just how important it is to share and speak out.
truth is: more people struggle with some form of disordered eating than you realize. •
hindsight 2020 is this year’s theme...& if i could go back and tell myself one thing, it would be: you are deserving. believe in yourself, your body, and your strength. •
my body has taken me all over the world, walked when i thought i was too weak, danced when i needed it most, fought more sickness lately than ever, and worked so hard to give me some of the most amazing gigs i could have imagined.
our bodies are strong. and they deserve love & nourishment. and i will forever fight to give mine just that. i encourage you to do the same. everybody is beautiful. i truly truly believe that. go look in the mirror today and remind yourself of just that. 💜 #nedawareness #comeasyouare

comment 18 star 159 last month

Baby you’re a star ⭐️✨🌟 it’s #nedawarenessweek (trigger warning, hunny), which for me is so fitting because it’s also a week where i was in awe of how far i’ve come in my relationship with my body. me in mesh & pasties at mardi gras turned to my best friend of a decade (who i have been on diets with, experienced eds with, and even started my journey to self-love with) and said, “can you believe we are out here dressed how we want and being so free? we’ve come so far.” to which she said, “well, yeah.” 😂 growing up i wanted to be this wild and free woman who ate, drank and dressed how she wanted. only in my wildest dreams would i ever consider wearing pasties in public, ha! instead i spent years trying to make myself smaller and more palatable. for the most part, i spent my life dieting and a whole lot of binging with periods of exercise bulimia. for every calorie in, two went out! many of my friends did things along those same lines so it was normalized. to me, i wasn’t the poster child of an eating disorder- my hair wasn’t falling out, my bones weren’t showing, etc. so how could i even have an eating disorder? i was just a failing at being thin. it can sometimes be obvious when a thin person has an eating disorder and not so obvious when plumper people do. just like people, eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and make us all look different. your overweight friend who has lost some weight and you proceed to compliment them on it may be suffering from an eating disorder and the comment only fuels it; it fuels the need to be smaller and more palatable. if you’re struggling with an eating disorder right now you are not alone- not by a long shot. i want you to know you are enough and more than enough... you’re an incredible human who deserves to live freely no matter your shape or size. we live in a fatphobic society that encourages eating disorders by having thinness as a beauty standard even though the average woman in the us is a size 18. i still have flare ups with exercise bulimia and emotional eating even with dedicating a lot of my time to spreading body positivity (it’s undoing brainwashing!) so just know you’re not alone ⭐️🌟✨#nedawareness

comment 40 star 478 last month

Today is the last day of national eating disorder awareness week and i wanted to share the something authentic and vulnerable with you guys to show that we do not need to be ashamed of our past but empowered by it. ⁣⁣

i struggled with an eating disorder for many years and in that process i lost myself. my self worth, my beauty, my health, my happiness.. i was gone. i spent my all days completely brainwashed in my own mind.. there wasn’t a second that went by that i was controlled by my self-destructive behavior. i was a s***e to my eating disorder but yet i felt like i was in control. ⁣⁣

after a couple of tragic things that happened in my life and in my health, i knew it was time for this vicious cycle to end. ⁣⁣
being on the other side now (6 1/2 years in recovery), i can look back and say i am so thankful i’m not the broken girl i once was.. but i am proud of who i am today because of her! ⁣⁣all glory to god! ⁣
recovery is hard work, being vulnerable and broken sucks! but the hard work and pain it took to deal with my issues, learn how to love myself, gain self-respect and believe i am beautiful was all worth it! i am worth it! i am enough! and so are you!! ⁣⁣

i challenge you to not only spread awareness but for you to be vulnerable and authentic, to share your story, focus on what you have accomplished and how you can continue to maintain and improve! all of our journeys look different.. but its important to recognize progress! small victories should be celebrated too! ⁣⁣
remember the way you speak to yourself matters. ⁣⁣
speak truth. ⁣⁣
speak love.⁣⁣
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full story on my youtube channel. link is in my stories ⁣⁣

#nedawareness #nedaawarenessweek #nationaleatingdisorderawarenessweek #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisorderawarenessweek #neda #selflove #shorthair #shorthairlove #transformation #transformationinprogress #graceupongrace #embraceyourreal #unedited#recovery

comment 112 star 11,058 last month

What they don't tell you is that the hunger returns in full force.

it's overwhelming. it’s terrifying. it's fascinating. you're ravenous.

for so much more than bare sustenance.

you start saying yes.
you forget to keep track.
you admit to your hunger.
you admit to wanting more.
you dance.

you start to see taking up space as a rebellion and a reclamation, not a burden.

you start to think of this body as a vessel for experience – for love, for heartbreak, for giving, for receiving, for experimenting, for failing, for flourishing – not some michelangelan slab of marble to be carved away.

you start to believe that expansion, that vulnerability, that very thing you once feared so deeply that you came undone, could be very essence of your humanness.

you start to feel again.

as the numbness wears off you notice things. some of them shock you. most of them move you.

all of them make you wonder where you were all this time.

what they don't tell you is that part of you will always grieve.
but they also don’t tell you that’s the only part of you that keeps shrinking.

and amidst it all emerges a life in full spectrum color that is so big, so raw, so beautiful.
that it becomes the only battle worth fighting for.

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written in honor of every single human fighting for recovery, in late solidarity with #nedaweek #comeasyouare #neda. when i wrote these words two years ago, i had no clue—how i would grow closer to their truth with every day.

eating disorders are thieves—of lives and everything that makes a life fully lived (relationships. presence. vulnerability. feeling. sensual existence. the technicolor of life. yes, food, but also everything around it.) they do not discriminate, and they are often just as invisible as they are hyper-visible. reclaiming one’s life from the grips of an eating disorder is a hurculean effort and cannot be done alone. i am grateful for each and every person who has bravely shared their story and darkness and light, so that i may live my own. and for the people closest to me who helped me see and believe what i could not, in the darkest moments—you know who you are.
to everyone else: you are not alone.

comment 18 star 130 last month

💚💙 relapse rates for anorexia and bulimia have been reported to be between 36% and 35% respectively, according to one study. research shows that highest risk for relapse from anorexia nervosa is in the first 18 months after treatment
#nedaweek2020 #comeasyouare #neda #nedawareness #nedaweek #nedatattoo

comment 3 star 129 last month

The other day, i had somebody attack my body in my dms; he said that it was pathetic i had gained weight and had no baby to show for it. ⠀

at first i was hurt, i went home and looked in the mirror and dissected my figure from head to toe. i squeezed my arms and my thighs and s****d my tummy in, i stepped on the scale and analyzed numbers but then i remembered that this body is strong and what this body has been through in 29 years.⠀

this body has run 6 half marathons across north america and is training for its 7th. this body has taught over 2,000 cycling classes and has thousands more ahead of it. this body has shown up for me day 👏🏻 in 👏🏻 and 👏🏻 day 👏🏻 out even when my mind didn’t want to.⠀

and then, the memories flooded in from when this body held a baby only a few months ago. 💭 the memories of calling my mom to tell her we were pregnant and i was terrified and calling my boss & friend to get her advice and mentorship. i remember my palms sweating when i asked chris to sit down because we needed to talk. i remember the next morning when he text me “i’m going to be a dad!” i screenshot it and saved it forever because it made my heart flutter. i remember when i sat in his lap and we debated on whether our child would eat meat or not. ⠀

then, i remembered the day we lost my pup, baby beau. we were exhausted from being at the vet er all day, crying and mourning the loss of our furry friend. we finally went to decompress and grab some food. before we ordered, i went to the bathroom. i came out to tell chris we needed to go to the er, that something wasn’t right, that there was blood everywhere. i remember feeling so scared and emotionless at the same time, i had nothing left to give after crying for my pup all day.⠀

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comment 57 star 499 4 weeks ago

⭐️ friendly sunday night psa: ⭐️
every, single, one of us, is going through the craziest, most unexpected transition of our lives right now. as if individuals struggling with stress, anxiety & other invisible struggles & mental illnesses didn’t struggle enough- let’s just add another layer of chaos onto that by being forced to sit in our homes with no one but our thoughts & fears. it is brutal. so brutal. what’s worse, our world takes this time as an opportunity to make jokes, memes, campaigns & ads on topics such as weight loss, diet culture, productivity, using this time to be your “best self” because there is no better time to get that hot summer bod- {“what excuse do you have now, right?”}- wrong. wrong wrong wrong.
this time is different, and strange, and challenging for each person in very unique ways. ways we can’t even comprehend because sometimes we’re consumed by our very own struggles and anxieties so much it’s hard to think of how others are perceiving our jokes, our attempts at humor, our desire to keep ourselves busy and distracted- and honestly, i get it. i really do. but truth be told, this is not the time to try to tell other people what they should be doing. encouragement to do something can be misconstrued as destructive guilt. daily productivity checklists can lead someone to feel like they’ve accomplished nothing, when maybe it was hard enough to get out of bed that day. we are all going at our own pace. it is okay to do what you need to do, to get by, and to be happy. if you want to work out, get after it- if not, don’t beat yourself up. if you want to eat mcdonald’s, go for it- and if your body is craving a salad, kudos to you! if you need to let yourself be sad, be sad. if you’re feeling a surge of joy, feeeel it! if you need to ask for help, ask. we are often our own worst enemy, and in times like these, it is especially hard to distinguish how we feel, what we need, and what is clouding our thoughts. put those blinders on, be kind to yourself, give yourself grace & know that you are not, and are never, alone- through this time and every single day.
we got this. ✨

comment 46 star 325 6 hours ago

Wow! just like that, all the foods i went to, to make me change, make me not me, and shift my brain from happy to confused and controlled are all gone. these foods made me feel “safe” and have total control over me, my family, and i thought my body. little did i know these foods were doing the opposite of what i want for my body. although no food is bad, even diet food. i would much rather have the normal, real, delicious, and flavorful food rather than force myself into thinking diet foods make me feel just as satisfied as normal mainstream foods. it’s time i say goodbye to all of these foods that made my life change, that s*****d with my brain, and caused me so much worry and frustration for no reason. if you are struggling in recovery, i just want to let you know i see you, i hear you, and you are strong and capable of doing great things! have an amazing sunday! 😆😁☀️👉🏻🍦🍕🥦🍊 #edrecoverywarrior#edrecovery #ed #nedawareness#selflove #strongnotskinny #anorexiafighter #anorexianervosarecovery #anorexiarecover

comment 0 star 14 9 hours ago

You are beautiful, capable, and worthy of so much that this life has to offer

comment 3 star 71 9 hours ago

Quarantine means “lunch” at 4:30pm because what freakin’ time is it and what day is it?! sammy details
- toasted whole wheat bread. did you know it’s recommended to make half your daily grains whole wheat? whole wheat grains provide fiber, a nutrient that aids in digestion + satiety [the feeling of fullness].
- goat cheese. provides vitamins + minerals that support strong bones [calcium, phosphorus, + copper].
- spinach + basil. dark leafy greens + herbs. dark greens supply a significant amount of folate, a b vitamin that promotes heart health and helps prevent certain birth defects. basil is an anti-inflammatory!
- sprouts. improve digestion + offers a variety of nutrients.
- smoked turkey. a lean protein — protein helps repair // recover muscles
- h**p seeds + olive oil. good source of omega 3 fatty acids — reduce risk of heart disease, promote brain health, + contribute to the health of cells in the body.

stay healthy my friends + eat gooooood 🥬🍞🥗 #healthtothemaxey

comment 7 star 97 10 hours ago

If you’ve never gotten the chance to look at the sky, 10/10 recommend. the world is forcing us all to slow down right now. take some time to marvel at the beauty you are a part of.
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#counselorsofinstagram #recoverywins #arfid #haes #bulimiarecovery #nedawareness #fuckdietculture #edrecovery #edrecoverywarrior #mentalhealthawareness #healthateverysize #bingeeatingrecovery #anorexiafighter #intuitiveeating #bingeeatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery
#anorexianervosarecovery #bulimiafighter

comment 4 star 24 11 hours ago

Life is 𝒔 𝒕 𝒊 𝒍 𝒍 rigged in your favor. ✨⠀
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i know it feels like the world is in shambles and everything is uncertain and s****y and you’re probably thinking, “damn, i can’t wait for life to go back to the way it was before..”⠀
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but what if this time is a 𝑏𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔?⠀

this time is forcing you to 𝑠𝑙𝑜𝑤 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛, reflect, and 𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘦 the life you were living before this whole pandemic started. 🍃⠀

➡️ is the life you were living day to day before quarantine the life you want to live forever?🤔⠀
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✨𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒇:⠀

you use this time to 𝗴𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻 & start making ᴍᴏᴠᴇs to create a life you’re freaking obsessed with when this is all over.💓⠀

this season is a 𝕘𝕚𝕗𝕥 that could reveal what you 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 want & uncover what matters most to you. 💛⠀
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and life-- even the s****y things— can be pǝɯɐɹɟǝɹ to uncover the 𝓫𝓵𝓮𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓼 in the 𝕞𝕖𝕤𝕤 & prove that 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫. 🙌✨⠀

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so what have you learned during this season? how are you using this time to plan/grow? 🌻

comment 3 star 58 12 hours ago

~5:15 pm vs 5:17 pm~



not everything you eat will look super artsy and decadent. actually, most meals you have won’t even resemble the fancy ones posted all over instagram... and that is okay! you know what? it is more than okay. since when did we live in a world which requires you to snap an insta-worthy picture of your food before you allow yourself to dig in?you eat what you eat; not because it looks like a masterpiece that should be hanging up in a museum, but because it tastes d**n delicious! •


#fearfood #challenge #bodyimage
#neda #eatingdisorderrecovery #fucktheed #nedawareness #mentalhealthawareness #anorexianervosarecovery #haes #bodypositive #youareenough #bulimiarecovery #nedaweek #allin #bodypositivity #allsizesmatter #fatisbeautiful #youareenough

comment 20 star 54 12 hours ago

Self-care sunday’s are not cancelled just because we’re in quarantine. follow the link in my bio for quarantine-friendly self-care ideas.
stay safe and wash your hands ❤️
thank you to everyone who is supporting my journey .
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comment 3 star 176 13 hours ago

For some reason, i have been seeing an influx of uneducated websites ran by “fitness influencers” or “health gurus” who have taken it into their own inexperienced hands to mislead the entire nation. making it their mission to capitalize on our insecurities and gain profit from them, they preach that the less calories you take in, the more determined, strong, and healthy you are. they swear by the unrealistic disordered notion that eating less food makes you superior than others. how bazaar! quite the contrary to these beliefs, it is proven that restricting the amount of calories one consumes is actually the least productive thing you can do for your body. it isn’t surprising that after skipping a meal or snack you would begin to feel sluggish, moody, nauseous, and achy. that’s your body begging for you to feed it. as a result to ignoring this plea, your body begins to shutdown such as the functions of your metabolism and blood circulation in attempt to preserve energy. how could you call yourself “healthy” if day in and out you are putting your body through hell. how in the world could you say you are strong if your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to walk up a flight of stair? it is proven that the more we deprive our body of proper and adequate nutrition the more it will fight us in return. in simpler words, the body’s first and only duty is to keep you alive. it becomes aware of the starvation you are putting it through and the pain and suffering which that caused. your body, in return, shifts into over drive because it can not differentiate between a diet and a famine. that’s why you see people having “cheat days” or binging. and most people freak out about the binging and deem this the problem. they say they are “addicted” or have no “will-power”. in actuality, the binging isn’t the problem behavior, but restriction and lack of unconditional permission to eat all foods.
the best way to have a healthy happy body would be to become untuned with your food intuition.

comment 18 star 107 20 hours ago

Actually waking up with a positive attitude, waking up and feeling that there is actually hope , is one of the best feelings i’ve ever experienced in my life.
seeing all these accounts who has defeated the demons and sharing positivity really helps and motivates.💓
thank you all so much for what you all do!
we will defeat this, we will win! 💓 much love to everyone going through the same as me and fighting everyday! it is worth it! we can’t have victory without putting up an fight first.
whatever you strive for, if it’s defeating the demons in your head, wether it’s reaching your goals, wether it’s striving for your dream- you can do it!💓
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#motivation #motivational #ocd #ocdawareness #ed #edrecovery #nedawareness

comment 3 star 16 23 hours ago

#repost @jessihaggertyrd
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without a doubt the biggest barrier to recovering from disordered eating or healing body image is diet culture. in the culture we live in, every step towards freedom can make us feel more and more like an outsider. and that’s scary.

but as i heard on @chr1styharrison ‘s podcast once (i’m blanking in which episode!)...we are the culture. the shift starts with us. and sometimes that requires going against the grain, swimming upstream, and being a little bit of a badass rebel. cool?
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#healthylifestyle #health #healthyfood #healing #selfcare #spreadawareness #selflove #selfdevelopment #anorexia #bingeeating #bulimia #haes #recovery #eatingdisorders #eatingdisorderrecovery #lifestyle #mentalhealthawareness #mindset #motivation #mentalhealth #motivation #nedawareness #wholefood #cleaneating #cleanfood #dieting #neda #bodyneutrality #intuitiveeating #bodyacceptance

comment 1 star 9 23 hours ago

#repost @jessihaggertyrd
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when i introduce concepts of a non-diet / intuitive eating approach to nutrition a lot of people will say something along the lines of “well you’ll never be able to convince me that [insert food you believe is unhealthy] is healthy!”

i probably won’t and that’s fine bc that’s not my fricken job 😉!

i don’t actually believe there is anything wrong with making choices around food, movement, or everyday habits in an effort to improve your health. i do it all the time! for example, i try to have a combo of protein, fats, and carbs at breakfast to keep me going through my am client sessions. while i usually make something that i genuinely enjoy, i’m also using my brain to make a gentle nutrition choice around what to eat. today though, i was in a huge rush and didn’t have time to make my usual so i grabbed a scone on the way into work. we could sit here and argue if a scone is healthy or unhealthy or good or bad but the reality is i used what i believe is the healthiest tool in my toolbox: flexibility.

if your efforts to make “healthy choices” are resulting in you skipping meals when the perfect option is unavailable, keeping you from making and fostering meaningful relationships, keeping you isolated, leaving you feeling confused, guilty, or ashamed when going off your diet, plan, program, protocol etc, then i’m going to argue it’s no longer healthy.
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comment 0 star 9 23 hours ago

My body does know the difference between pizza & other foods.
it knows i gave it proper nourishment.
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helllooooo. i’ve been on a social media break for a few days (no idea how many). it’s been good! my treatment team sat down with me last week & said they’re worried for me. i lost weight after being sick, so they’re thinking of putting me into a php program. obviously it won’t be happening until it’s 100% necessary. i’m holding on & i’m doing a bit better. it was a wake up call for me. i can only go upwards.
my room is a mess which isn’t helping. finding the motivation to do things is hard. my depression is slowlyyyy working it’s way in again. i’m sleeping too long & feeling drained 24/7. i’ve been having trouble falling asleep bc i feel like i can’t get comfortable. i’ve been having dreams about a lot of people (@savingprivatepotter better get the f**k out of them lol). i woke up this morning & gave my mom a super long hug. i feel like i don’t have enough physical affection, & it’s weighing on me. the biggest ed trigger i have is being alone. not really being physically alone, but just feeling lonely. it’s hard feeling lonely when i’m around people (mainly my mom lol). it can be tough. life is tough. i’ll be okay.
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#recoveryisworthit #nedawareness #positivity #bodyimage #edawareness #eatingdisorder #recoveryispossible #recoverywarrior #accountability #validation #anorexiarecovery #ednosrecovery #recoveryjourney #recoverywin #strongwomen #edrecovery #edrecoverywarrior #followme #newaccount #addiction #addictionrecovery #foodie #food

comment 1 star 21 Yesterday

Hustle for joy, 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡. ✨⠀

the rest will follow. 💛

comment 7 star 61 Yesterday

Last photo i took 3.7.2020 these times are difficult/odd/different and hard. it’s okay to not be okay right now. it’s okay to rest and to just sit and be right now. slow down, cry, or exercise whatever you need right now is what you need. listen to yourself and your body. things are not okay right now and you don’t have to be okay either.




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comment 12 star 187 Yesterday

R e c o v e r y~ ▪️ “but i haven’t hit my lowest weight.” ▪️ “but i’m not sick enough yet.” ▪️ “but i don’t have access to my treatment team now.” ▪️ “but (school, job, kids, parents..).” ▪️ “but my trauma is too severe.” ▪️ “but society triggers me.” stop. the. excuse. ▫️ if recovery was easy, there would be no treatment. ▫️ if there was a cure besides your own will, there would be no known eating disorders. ▫️if life was fair and you could control everything- you wouldn’t be reading this. ❗️covid-19 isn’t your excuse to relapse. ❗️no access to your treatment team, isn’t your excuse to relapse. ❗️insurance coverage isn’t your excuse to relapse.
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i know it’s hard. i’ve recently been denied nutrition counseling, and have been navigating my meals myself for over a month.
is this my excuse to give up my recovery?
my hard work so far?
my life?
fuck. no.
stop giving excuses and do the next hard thing. 👏🏼
#eatingdisorderrecovery
#eatingdisordersupport
#anorexiafighter
#recoveryispossible
#nedawareness

comment 16 star 74 Yesterday

365 days 🤍
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comment 6 star 62 Yesterday

#repost @thefuckitdiet
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i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again and then i’ll keep saying it: this is not rest.
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if you can find the restful silver lining in all of this, that’s great. please find the rest in this.
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buttttt: just because you are stuck inside does not mean you are resting. especially because my definition of rest is way less about physical resting and more about emotional and existential rest. this is the opposite.
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so what is rest? in my opinion, it’s becoming very aware of the emotional and mental toll that guilt and shoulds and cultural expectations are taking on you. it’s understanding how depleting all of that is. it’s giving yourself time to work through those things and let yourself off of the hook for not living a life of constant productivity and impressiveness. it’s letting yourself be, and then being aware that when the panic comes up again, there is probably even more healing to do. we need existential rest, and this is not it.
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this distinction is important to talk about because everyone is being soooo h*****n themselves right now thinking they need to be writing a masterpiece or starting a new business or being more productive than they usually are. (i’m actually trying to write a book about rest and...everything is hard). my point is, go easy on yourself. this entire situation is the opposite of rest.
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comment 0 star 7 Yesterday

When you’ve got skin in the game, you’re more likely to keep at it.⁣🔥⠀
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initially, that meant i paid some money i didn’t have on something i really needed. i invested in myself with a $150 challenge pack purchase even though that meant making financial sacrifices that month. i was living in my first apartment and had no idea how to adult. 😅 and even though that meant doing another thing i’d never done before and despite the fact that i’d never had a great relationship with food, exercise, or my body- i went for it. ⁣🤷‍♀️⠀

i needed a change.⠀
something positive i had control over. ⠀
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before i started this journey, my life was chaos. 🤦‍♀️ i was unhealthy, uncertain, struggled with who i was, had hella acne, and had the hardest time making friends. 😞⠀
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but seeing these gals get amazing success online, from home had me curious. 🤔 so i kept watching them! 🤗 for 18 months prior to signing up 😳 and eventually, nervously asked my aunt for help. 👯‍♀️ i knew what she did worked, i’d seen it change her...but i was scared to fail. looking back i know that putting that kit in my cart made me go all in on my journey. i was not going to let myself fail & waste that $150. and i lost 20 lbs in about 6 weeks!⁣🎉 it was the first time in my life that i’d lost weight in a healthy, sustainable way, and i was finally healing my relationship with food, exercise, and my body.💛⠀
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i knew when i dove in, i wanted to coach - to share this with others and get a discount. 💰 this scared me, but it changed my life. so i started my own business, (the $40 to start my business and get my own website/training was waived when i got my starter kit). i literally had no clue what exactly coaching meant, but i knew that i was meant to share this with others. 💞 i was finding success myself & it would be selfish to keep it to that.⁣💖⠀
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as a coach, again - i had skin in the game. people trusted me with their journey. they expected me to show up for myself & for them. part of my job was to be a better me daily & so i kept showing up. it has been the best accountability in the world. so i’ll continue to show up because now 1 year into this, i continue to grow, (cont in comments)

comment 13 star 207 2 days ago

New blog post live now about the myths surrounding a #bpd diagnosis. check it out at the link in my bio! and remember you are so much more than your diagnosis. you’re loved and you’re worthy 🔆❤️🔆
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comment 5 star 231 2 days ago

This is mostly a letter to myself, but for anyone else who needs to hear this today.... your recovery is so important. you are important. 💛 i know it’s tough right now, but keep taking care of yourself. eat intuitively and mindfully, but keep eating. don’t skip meals. move your body if you feel so compelled. block social media if you need a break from the sadness and panic in the world, or even if you just need a break from everyone’s s****d quarantine weight gain jokes. go back to the basics — journaling, revisiting old recovery goals, remind yourself of how far you’ve come. and if you falter or slip, you have not failed. be gentle to yourself. get back at it, and remember recovery is not linear. .
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comment 5 star 85 2 days ago

Try to focus on something positive today 🌼🌸🌷 art by @ipdipdesign

comment 4 star 2,271 2 days ago

What in the world is going on?

the world flipped upside down in just 2 weeks! my heart goes out to everyone struggling, especially those who are battling recovery of any kind, but to those who are struggling with e.d recovery i feel you. i understand your confusion, your anxiety, your hurt.

although my thoughts aren’t anywhere near as prominent as they were 2 years ago, i understand what it feels like to be anxiety ridden in times where you don’t get control. i also understand now that food is not the enemy. if anything is, it’s the b.s society planted in our minds.

unfollow all those accounts that are not making you feel worthy in your own body, eat that food you want, move your body in what ever way feels best. or maybe just relax on the freaking couch because you feel overwhelmed and need a moment to relax.

there is no right or wrong way to get through hard times, food is food, there is no “good or bad”, and your body is beautiful no matter what society tries to play in our heads.

this confusion will end, but your recovery doesn’t have to. keep pushing through girl, you are so strong and worth every bit of love.
#neda #nedawareness #recovery #dontgiveup #strong #normalizenormalbodies #covidkindness #love

comment 0 star 23 2 days ago

It’s been a while since my last post, this pandemic has been a roller coaster! like many of you, i had to deal with letting go of some of the things and people i love the most for some time. the first couple weeks were pretty hard, lots of ups and downs while trying to adapt to this situation. i had to find new hobbies and take this time to work on my eating habits and heal my body and mind. sooo i started to bake! i love to cook, but baking was never my thing because it requires extra attention, i always liked to cook more from heart than from a recipe. i made of baking my personal challenge, something to focus on, and appreciate what i’m making and eating. now the cookies! i got ambitious and tried to make this sea salt butterscotch pretzel cookies and i was very pleased with the result 🤩 guess i’ll have to make more 😋 i wish i could share some with y’all but for now i can just share them virtually (ikik i gotta work on my photo skills bear with me) 😥 be safe and healthy everybody!! 💖 #socialdistancing #quarantine #italianbakesabroad #foodforthesoul #foodlovers #nedawareness

comment 15 star 85 2 days ago

Processed food could mean anything from pre-chopped veggies to grinding grains to fortifying with vitamins and minerals to making shelf stable. processing makes food edible and more familiar.

let’s stop criticizing processed food. especially during a global health crisis. processed foods make feeding families possible. they make eating easier and more affordable. they supplement us with vitamins and minerals- hello yummy cereal! i love a beautiful loaf of homemade bread, however i’m extremely grateful that bread is something i can find pre-made at any grocery store. black beans are my jam, but i’m definitely not waiting to cook a p*t of them every time i want to eat them.

fear mongering around processed foods is elitist and dripping with privilege. health is not about who can eat the most fresh food, who has the most time to make everything from scratch, or who’s groceries are the most expensive. that is a load of bs 💩. of course processed food has more sodium. that’s how it’s preserved. a healthful way of eating includes a variety of foods, some higher in sodium and some lower in sodium. i would sure rather someone have enough food, even if it was higher in sodium.

does processed food have more sugar? sure, some of it does! so what? i’ve busted many myths about sugar on this page, but if you need a refresher i’d highly recommend this article via @marcird: https://marcird.com/sugar-addiction-summary-science/

i’m writing this caption while enjoying a big bowl of cinnamon life cereal and feeling very grateful that i didn’t have to make these squares by hand. let’s work to remove the stigma around processed foods. i guarantee it will improve the eating experience for many people. this way, the next time there is a global health crisis, we can focus on more pressing issues rather than perpetuating diet culture.

comment 37 star 715 2 days ago

Slowing down.

we've been convinced for so long that our self-worth depends mainly on how productive we've been or how many things we've done in the most perfect way possible throughout the day. the thing is, we mistakenly perceive the whole perception of self-worth. we weren't taught how to cope with things when they get harder. we weren't taught how to handle our own triggers and mindfully choose the less harmful coping mechanisms. we weren't taught how to undoubtedly choose self-compassion instead of just allowing things to get to us.
the thing is, if you think about it, we're always overwhelmingly in a rush to get things done. i mean, we even barely listen to our own intuitions, that's why we're more likely to end up adopting harmful coping mechanisms.
you know what? maybe we should re-learn how to just lean to our intuitions and simply slow down to acknowledge what's behind our feelings. maybe we should embrace our imperfect learning process and know that it's so fine for it to be flawed.💛
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comment 0 star 14 2 days ago

Late night thoughts... how far i have come in my journey to health and wellness. 💕
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this first photo was taken today. despite the uncertain world around us i am choosing to feel happy, grateful, confident, and self-loving. the second photo was taken 5 years ago. it may not look it, but i was in a really low place. i could go on to tell the full story but that photo doesn’t define me anymore. nor does that time in my life. but to summarize, i struggled with excessive exercising, disordered eating and some really bad body image issues. some of which have manifested in the body dysmorphia and anxiety i feel towards food i still experience today. i 100% believe in therapy. i still use it today, it has helped me cope and put me back on the right track of loving and taking care of me. i’ve regain the respect i have for my body by fueling it properly. exercise is a tool for health not a means to punish or control you. if this resonates for you or a loved one please seek professional help. asking for it is the first step to recovery. recovery is always worth it, and so are you. ❤️
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comment 0 star 36 3 days ago

Wish i was sitting in the sun on townhall’s patio in downtown cle enjoying this thai peanut bowl on a day like this ☀️ this will pass 🤍 #healthtothemaxey #clevelandeats

comment 3 star 111 3 days ago

A little resilience goes a long way.✨⠀

character, grit, and resilience are not built when everything is rainbows and butterflies and smooth sailing... but building these things will serve you forever 💖⠀ let’s focus on how we can build on these this week.💓

comment 6 star 61 3 days ago

If i have learned anything so far, it is most certainly that what seems to matter the most in one moment, will almost always matter less in another moment.
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what may have felt like it mattered just a few weeks ago doesn't have so much power anymore.
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doubts. irrational outcomes playing again and again in your head.
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maybe the only positive that can come from all this is to take a huge pause and say as a whole:
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maybe nothing matters as much as being right here where your feet are.
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being here, now. 💛 #edwarrior #mentalhealthadvocate #comeasyouare #nedawareness #nedawarrior #orthorexiarecovered #edrecoverywarrior #covidmentalhealth #edrecoveryhelp #nedawareness #coronamentalhealthisimportanttoo #eliminatethenoise

comment 6 star 42 3 days ago

Even in the darkest of times, recovery needs to be a priority. guard it and protect it like the beautiful, shining jewel it is. it’s one of the most important things you will ever do.
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comment 2 star 90 3 days ago

Facebook live discussion today at noon -- about self-care and being quarantined, about how disordered eating can be triggered during a time of trauma and grief like a global pandemic, and how you can take care of yourself. check it out! offered by @renfrewcenter - an amazing resource in our area. #eatingdisorderrecovery #thereishelp #thereishope #youarenotalone #recoveryispossible #nedawareness

comment 1 star 8 3 days ago

What is something you love about yourself? most of the time we dwell about the things we hate. we are easy to criticize ourselves, but we rarely commend what we love. let’s work on focusing what is great about us instead of the things we would change ❤️

comment 5 star 100 3 days ago

Not only did you help make team mort-ivation a top fundraising team, we broke my personal record for money raised for a single event 🤩
can’t thank everyone enough for their support again this year 💙 btw we are just $45 away from the goal i set for this year & you still have until 4/30 to be a part of something positive with me 💚
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comment 0 star 16 3 days ago

I think it’s safe to say my meal prepping has consisted of a lot of cookies this week.... ok at least we’ve mastered the best gluten free chocolate chip cookie! 🍪 ⠀

if you haven’t made cookies yet during quarantine i highly suggest it! enjoy every d**n bite too. 🍪✌🏼💪🏼⠀
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comment 7 star 65 3 days ago

Rejecting diet culture doesn’t mean you’ve lost the battle. it means you’ve decided to protect yourself. as we continue to weather the #covid_19 storm, remember that even if others are talking about their diet, controlling what they eat or their body size, that your decision to opt out doesn’t mean you’ve given up. instead, you’ve made the brave choice to protect your physical and mental wellbeing from one of the most destructive and harmful belief systems.

and for the love of all things, can we please normalize breakdowns, a good ugly cry, and being a complete mess. process those emotions and feelings!

comment 28 star 572 3 days ago

#repost @heytiffanyroe
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a client recently said, “how come i don’t feel any different after i’ve lost xx pounds?” well, body image isn’t dependent on body size. body image is your perception of your body, and that is influenced by societal, cultural, familial, social and peer values. values dictate what is or is not important (valuable) to you. they influence our self-perceptions and self-esteem.

if you’ve been told your worth is based upon your looks, positive body image is probably an elusive goal. the toxic message is “be different than you are (ugh hem- shame). this is why smaller bodied people still can hate their bodies and have body dysmorphia. sadly, diet culture tells us otherwise. we are promised confidence if we just get smaller. it’s a lie!

bloody diet culture has told us our value as a person is our body size and shape. our values influence how we view ourselves and others. if you value freedom, self-respect, integrity... you feel congruent when you live in accordance to those values. here is the problem with body shape as the value; it will never be good enough- because the value is “be something you are not.” the value is, “have this specific body that less than 1% of the population naturally has".

build a relationship with your body. build body gratitude, respect, trust, acceptance & maybe love. it takes education and rewriting the diet values most of us have been erroneously taught. you can do this fam. ♥️
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comment 2 star 19 3 days ago

#repost @heytiffanyroe
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it’s hard to define self-care. because the goal post is always moving. self-care now may look different for you than it did 5 years ago, and even different than 5 years from now.
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what is happening in your life? what are your needs? it’s hard to define self-care because it's always changing. the seasons of life and needs in those seasons change.
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i want you to practice mindfulness in an effort to allow you to turn to your needs. because regardless of changes and seasons, self-care boils down to knowing and meeting your needs.
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self-care involves your spiritual, mental and physical needs. it’s not just physical appearance based needs. it’s less about “treat yo’ self”, it’s more about mindfully taking steps to meet your specific needs.
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comment 0 star 20 3 days ago

There is a simple way to deal with your hunger. this might be shocking , but it is not counting calories or having a clean eating plan, it’s paying attention to your hunger and fullness level.

the hunger scale is an intuitive eating tool that helps to understand you hunger levels and is super-easy to use:
▪️before taking a meal, take a second to evaluate you hunger and fullness level from 1 to 10. you can find the description of hunger levels on the picture.
▪️evaluate your hunger and fullness level while eating and see how the fullness level slowly increases.
▪️after eating check your fullness level, to see whether you are really full or may need something else to eat.

the diet culture tells us that we can’t trust ourselves and need hard control, since otherwise we would binge everything we might find. diet culture convinces us that there are rules to follow and they are all the same for everyone.

the truth is, that every body is different and there is no single rule fits all. we need a better understanding of our own body signals of hunger and fullness. our body knows exactly what it needs and it answers with bingeing to restrictions or emotions we can’t handle. it’s our brain that forces us to binge and be obsessive, not our body.

the scale gives orientation of when to eat and when to stop eating. with observation of our body reactions and body needs, instead of suppressing those, we will learn our body better and can consciously decide if food is what we need right now.

let’s learn to eat only when we are hungry!

comment 7 star 15 4 days ago

When you become preoccupied with body image, you may start to worry more about the food you are eating, which fuels the disordered thoughts in your head. as long as you are at war with your body, you will have difficulty finding peace between yourself and food. with every snarky remark made while looking in the mirror, you give power to the food police, and are doomed to be s****d into just one more diet. but does all this self-loathing and despair present any benefit? not one bit! and you know why? because it is proven that the more you focus on your body and what it does or doesn’t look like, the worse you feel. it is quite hard nowadays to escape the false teachings of diet culture. every young girl and boy are taught that their bodies are meant to be changed- shaped and sculpted to the unattainable standards of society. that if you were to stray the slightest bit from what is deemed “acceptable”, then you were a failure or undeserving and terrible person. but the fact of the matter is that this couldn’t be farther away from what is the actual truth. you can not feel at home in a body that you are constantly trying to change. the first step to rehabilitating your relationship with your body is the cognitive decision to show it the respect, which it innately deserves, no matter what. it is definitely hard and quite a ginormous step in your recovery, and even if it may not get easier any time soon, you know the better days are on their way!




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comment 25 star 111 4 days ago

What does our title mean? we chose the powerful title, more than a number, for our film because it describes the message we are trying to spread. through april’s journey, we hope that our viewers can understand the value of self-love and how each of us are beautiful in our own way. above all, we are more than a number. we are people. we are sons and daughters. we are achievers. we are strong. we are beautiful. we are enough. ‘more than a number’ says that in 4 simple words and that is the reason we chose this to describe the story behind our film.

comment 6 star 48 4 days ago

There is no obligation to have everything together right now. it’s good enough if you followed your meal plan today, got out of bed, used a coping skill, or managed your anxiety. it’s okay to just survive sometimes. .
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comment 0 star 48 4 days ago

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝗼𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝗼𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬? 𝐈 𝐡𝗼𝐩𝐞 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐏𝐎𝐖𝐄𝐑𝐅𝐔𝐋 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝗼𝐩𝐞 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 ♥︎
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comment 0 star 23 4 days ago

If it’s not f*t affirming for everyone, then it is f*t fearing (aka fatphobic) for everyone. there is no exception for a global health crisis. i’ve seen the fear mongering of quarantine weight gain spreading as fast as #covid_19. please stop. quarantine weight gain is not an actual problem.

bodies change. bodies change as a result of trauma, change in schedule/routine, as we age, as we heal, and for so many other reasons. part of having a healthy relationship with food and your body is being able to care for your body as it changes. diet culture tells us to do everything we can to prevent these changes, as if our body is plastic that we can mold into whatever shape we want. we are actual humans though. if your body happens to change during a quarantine, it could be because of stress, the response to scarcity, self-soothing, and trying the best it can to keep you safe.

i want to be very clear that i am not minimizing the fear of your body changing. this is a very real fear for many people in recovery. what i am hoping to do with this post is to make folks (including clinicians) think before they post their workouts to ig stories, posts about what foods are ‘best for preventing weight gain’, and other bs nonsense that is highly triggering for those who are just trying to survive right now (which is all of us).
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what would happen if we took this opportunity to become more f*t affirming? to become more inclusive of all bodies. to give more support, especially those with marginalized identities. to use our *limited* energy to work together to make the world a safer place. as we are social distancing to stop the spread of covid-19, let’s do the same for crappy, unhelpful nutrition and exercise advice.

comment 42 star 1,029 4 days ago

#repost @dietitiananna
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today is day two of seven dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders. i’m here for it.

and eating disorder awareness week is contentious for many of my clients. a lot of them have strong feelings of dislike for this week.

generally, this is about global oversimplification of eating disorders. it’s about stereotypes. and it’s also about the omnipresent pre-and post photographs that might flood your social media feed.

the fact is, most people with eating disorders don’t “look” as though they have an eating disorder. (because it’s not a look) bodies may or may not change as one heals their relationship with food. there may be no appreciable visual shift at all.

and if you are someone who has struggled, or is in the process of recovery, or who has recovered into much the same body as the one you had before your eating disorder, know that you represent the norm. and if your body has changed dramatically in the process of healing, know that you are welcome here, too.

the purpose of this week is raising awareness. of the most lethal of all mental illnesses. this is worthy of a week of dedicated effort. it is quite literally the least that we can do.

and if you get caught in a comparison trap, consider ducking out. maybe skip searching for the pre/post photos. consider protecting yourself first.
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#healthylifestyle #health #healthyfood #healing #selfcare #spreadawareness #selflove #selfdevelopment #anorexia #bingeeating #bulimia #haes #recovery #eatingdisorders #eatingdisorderrecovery #lifestyle #mentalhealthawareness #mindset #motivation #mentalhealth #motivation #nedawareness #wholefood #cleaneating #cleanfood #dieting #neda #bodyneutrality #intuitiveeating #bodyacceptance

comment 1 star 12 4 days ago

Hope is not something that lives freely in this world. it is something that needs to be cultivated; it is something that needs to be derived from pain; and it is something that, above all, needs to be vigorously spread to those in need. hope is why we created this film✨✨

comment 6 star 53 5 days ago

Tired of seeing the “before and after” body quarantine photos! it’s hard enough dealing with this isolation and f*t shaming just makes it harder for those of us who have eating disorders. it’s extremely frustrating to see so many memes of before and after body comparisons, so let’s start posting more body positive memes!
#neda #stayingstrong365daysayear #quartine #2020 #nedawareness #stayingpositive #stayinghealthy #bodypositive #edrecovery #edfighter #radicalselflove

comment 5 star 73 5 days ago

During this time with quarantine and the world at a halt, it can be a bit frustrating not having anything to do. our daily activities and schedules have been interrupted, and i don’t know about y’all but i feel so unproductive. but, thats okay! we can find so many things to do during this time that we wouldn’t normally do in our day to day. try writing, baking something new, drawing, or reaching out to an old friend!!

comment 3 star 99 5 days ago

Thinking i might just eat thanksgiving meal every day until this is all over. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #goawaycovid19

comment 1 star 30 5 days ago

I was introduced to yoga in college. i didn’t fully grasp it yet + treated it just like another workout — always searching for a way to sweat + burn calories. so funny to look back on... i didn’t get super into yoga until post-grad life hit + i was introduced to @citizenyogacleveland.
once i started practicing yoga multiple times a week with instructors who cared about me as more than just a student in their class, i began to see how much i truly needed yoga in my life on a consistent basis.
it’s called a practice for a reason as we’re always working towards growth, change, stillness, acceptance, + much much more while we’re inside those four corners of our mat.
since the beginning of march, i like many others, haven’t been able to step foot inside a studio. when you go from practicing multiple times a week for multiple months in a row you begin to feel pretty lost when that gets taken away from you. i finally felt like i was at a good place in life + all the life transitions i was going through we’re finally starting to slow down... + then covid hit. it has been a difficult adjustment + practicing at home isn’t nearly the same as being in the studio making connections with other students + teachers.
amidst all of this craziness + my lack of practicing since quarantine hit, i’m thankful for yoga because it’s taught me so much about how it can be applied to life outside of the asanas.
practice meditation daily. be a little bit more mindful. take it day by day. believe that this will all work out how it’s supposed to. know you’re supported at all times. now is a beautiful time to work on yourself on the inside while the outside world is a little ugly. let go of the expectations you have for yourself + put some trust into the universe. this will pass. #healthtothemaxey 📸: @eme.tesar

comment 16 star 199 5 days ago

I challenge everyone to make it their mission to go against your ed today! •


had been wanting to try these cookies for a bit, and this morning i realized i could just have one- so that’s exactly what i did! who said you can’t enjoy a cookie at breakfast? •


#fearfood #challenge #cookies
#neda #eatingdisorderrecovery #fucktheed #nedawareness #mentalhealthawareness #anorexianervosarecovery #bodypositive #youareenough #bulimiarecovery #nedaweek #allin #bodypositivity #allsizesmatter

comment 19 star 107 5 days ago

Untangling worth from weight comes from knowing you are worth celebrating, deserve compassionate care, and are a valuable human… all completely independent of appearance. the constant attempt to manage your body takes up so much time and energy. when you decide to let that go and strive for self-care over self-control, there is a void. it’s important that you find what truly lights you up and what is really needed to create a full life.

you have to make a life outside of waiting for the ‘ideal’ body. your now body is the ideal body. the current pandemic has made this so painfully true and obvious. our collective trauma, and collective healing, is going to prove that diet culture isn’t what makes the world go round, and that what matters has nothing to do with our size or shape.

comment 19 star 720 5 days ago

#7 “losing weight is not your life’s work, and counting calories is not the call of your soul. you surely are destined for something much greater.” #nationaleatingdisorderawareness #nedatattoo #nedawareness 💜

comment 5 star 261 6 days ago

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"i am small,
but i carry
all i need to
grow inside,
give me light,
give me warmth,
and watch me come alive."
-p.bodi
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•reminder•
all we need is inside of us. it’s so important to not give up when things get chaotic and hard, for it is those moments that foster the growth with in our hearts.
#change #growth #innerstrength #instagramquotes #therapy #growthmindset #yourunique #strong #strongerthanthestruggle #overcoming #edrecovery #dontgiveuponyourself #covid19 #coronavirus #healing #nedawareness

comment 1 star 27 6 days ago