Tumblr Recovery Warriors: A Question

My church is doing a curriculum called Just Eating regarding food from both a personal perspective (what do I put in my body?) and a political/community perspective (how do my food shopping choices affect others?). There is an adult group doing it (I’m in that) and the youth group is also doing it (basically 12 - 18 year olds). I am meeting, hopefully Friday, with the youth minister to discuss how to make it sensitive and safe for teens dealing with body image concerns, dieting, and eating disorders. I have my own personal opinions but I could use others — what makes a conversation about food and eating safe for those with these concerns? What else should I tell the youth minister?

This is my first post for the NEDA Week Photo Challenge. For those of you who don’t know, this week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. You can learn more at www.nationaleatingdisorders.org. (I interned at NEDA last year — they are wonderful people doing important work.) I am in recovery from anorexia type 2 and struggling a lot lately with body image and whatnot. So this week comes at a good time for me. Here I am with no makeup and no filter. This is what I look like, and I am done apologizing.

This is my first post for the NEDA Week Photo Challenge. For those of you who don’t know, this week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. You can learn more at www.nationaleatingdisorders.org. (I interned at NEDA last year — they are wonderful people doing important work.) I am in recovery from anorexia type 2 and struggling a lot lately with body image and whatnot. So this week comes at a good time for me. Here I am with no makeup and no filter. This is what I look like, and I am done apologizing.

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thin-is-not-perfect:

fyoured:


Maybe you won’t, but the likelihood is that you will, at some point during your recovery, get Hungry. With a capital H. (Sure, people are different, but this was all-too-true for me, so I thought I’d share.)


This is so relevant… Especially the ‘meal plan’ thing… I didn’t know anyone else did that.

THIS IS SO TRUE. I was SO HUNGRY for SO LONG during recovery. LIKE SO HUNGRY. It was terrifying but I worked crazy insanely hard and I ate enough to satiate me. 
Only very recently (several years in) have I started to sometimes recognize the feeling of too-full and honor that as well. Now my eating is hugely variant (sometimes I need very significant amounts of food, sometimes I don’t. sometimes all I want is fast food, sometimes I want veggies and fruits). I am listening to my body and my eating patterns are changing again, and it is allll okay.
Hang in there loves.

thin-is-not-perfect:

fyoured:

Maybe you won’t, but the likelihood is that you will, at some point during your recovery, get Hungry. With a capital H. (Sure, people are different, but this was all-too-true for me, so I thought I’d share.)

This is so relevant… Especially the ‘meal plan’ thing… I didn’t know anyone else did that.

THIS IS SO TRUE. I was SO HUNGRY for SO LONG during recovery. LIKE SO HUNGRY. It was terrifying but I worked crazy insanely hard and I ate enough to satiate me. 

Only very recently (several years in) have I started to sometimes recognize the feeling of too-full and honor that as well. Now my eating is hugely variant (sometimes I need very significant amounts of food, sometimes I don’t. sometimes all I want is fast food, sometimes I want veggies and fruits). I am listening to my body and my eating patterns are changing again, and it is allll okay.

Hang in there loves.

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My friend Kerilyn is just really freaking nice and when she dropped me off just now told me to take care of myself and let her know if I need anything (I just fully stopped taking Zoloft) and it was just really nice and now I’m crying because like people are really nice and supportive and God is so good and just agh.

Real food.

kayla-bird:

fatnutritionist:

Right this minute, there is someone going through chemotherapy shopping at your grocery store, buying popsicles and ice cream to help their sore mouth, and worrying what the cashier is going to think.

There is someone on hemodialysis buying white bread instead of whole wheat, trying to keep their phosphorus levels reasonable between appointments and hoping for the best.

There is a person attending intensive outpatient treatment for their eating disorder who has been challenged by their therapist to buy a Frappuccino.

There are dietitians picking up a dozen different candy bars to eat with their clients, who feel ashamed and guilty about enjoying them.

There is someone who just doesn’t have it in them to cook right now, and this frozen pizza and canned soup will keep them going.

There are people recovering from chronic dieting and semi-starvation who are buying chocolate and chips at their deprived body’s insistence.

All around us are people listening to what their bodies need and attempting to make the best possible choice within a context of overwhelming food pressure. All of their choices are valid, and every single one of these foods is “real.”

This post is so important. This is so, so important. 

UGH YES THIS

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keeems:

keeems:

shout out to all my little ed recovery warriors out there

  • reblog this show your team spirit

ok i know there are more of you out there c’mon our teams the best team

ed recovery warrior team forever!

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grocery shopping alone #bigfuckingdeal #recovery 😬

grocery shopping alone #bigfuckingdeal #recovery 😬

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Just spoke at my university’s Take Back the Night march about how I have experienced childhood rape, rape as a teenager, anorexia, and a host of other issues but I have come out on top because nobody fucks with me and my dreams. I am a master’s student and I work for my university Sexual Assault Crisis Services. I’m an A student who graduated with honors for my bachelor’s and I worked for the National Eating Disorders Association last year. I will semi-soon be marrying the man of my dreams and I am a loving, beautiful person who helps others, has a strong faith, and is smart, creative, and passionate.
So fuck you rapists, fuck you depression, fuck you anorexia. I win. I came out on top.

Just spoke at my university’s Take Back the Night march about how I have experienced childhood rape, rape as a teenager, anorexia, and a host of other issues but I have come out on top because nobody fucks with me and my dreams. I am a master’s student and I work for my university Sexual Assault Crisis Services. I’m an A student who graduated with honors for my bachelor’s and I worked for the National Eating Disorders Association last year. I will semi-soon be marrying the man of my dreams and I am a loving, beautiful person who helps others, has a strong faith, and is smart, creative, and passionate.

So fuck you rapists, fuck you depression, fuck you anorexia. I win. I came out on top.

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missing anorexia. this is stupid and I know it, but it’s still how I feel