Don't have much writing juice in me today, so just sharing a few random things.
1. Read This --> Losing it in the Anti-Dieting Age
Not exactly an uplifting piece, but an honest one, and I appreciate that. It's written by a journalist looking at how the diet industry has moved away from selling diets and weight loss, and towards "wellness" (i.e. thinly veiled diets). I debating sharing this or not, because I think it might be hard to read for some. The author knows diets don't work, goes into a lot of the research behind it - but at the same time, wants to lose weight, and goes back and forth between dieting and working towards acceptance. In the end, I decided to share because I think the stage of grief over losing the "thin fantasy" is something most people go through. Also the frustration over knowing self acceptance is the answer, and seeing all these body positive people out there who make it look so easy, but not being there. So maybe it's something that will make you feel less alone :) FYI - It's a really long read, so set aside some time to digest it.
2. Shout Out!
Wanted to shout out to my friend Rachael Tenny. She's an artist and eating disorder therapist and one of my favorite people to follow on instagram. I'm joining her mental health for creatives beta program that starts next week going because y'all, it's hard being an entrepreneur and working in a caring profession as a highly sensitive person. If you're a solopreneur and want to soak up some of her genius, check out her facebook group Metal Health for Creatives.
I'm reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown right now, and in it she shares the following passage from The Velveteen Rabbit. She uses it in reference to how it's easier to be vulnerable and your authentic self when you know you're loved, but it made me think about self acceptance and how the genuine love and acceptance we crave from others doesn't rely on outer appearance, and is hindered by perfectionism. It just made me feel all the feels.
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
Cue the waterworks.
I've been going back through some old posts on the blog and updating recipes from the good 'ole days. Yay for no more orange lit, out of focus pictures! Here's a few oldies but goodies I've recently updated: