Daily Archives: October 19, 2011

Love Your Body, Love Your Berries

blogging - breakfast - eating disorders

Today, the National Organization of Woman celebrates its 14th annual “Love Your Body Day.” In the past I participated by making this video and now I’m posting as part of the 2011 Blog Carnival, featuring stories around the internet devoted to self-acceptance.

I was at the grocery store recently and came across a box of Frankenberry:

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This seasonal cereal has taunted me my entire life. As a child, I became obsessed with the commercials, but was forbidden from buying it. For obvious reasons:

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As an adult with eating disorders, I never allowed myself to have it around the house, either.

Today, I finally unleashed the monster!!!

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So much of my recovery has been about letting go of “forbidden foods.” But also acknowledging that my eating disorder is still very much a part of me. The binge eater in me would wolf that entire technicolor box in one sitting.

I still think about food a lot. (Obviously, I’m a food blogger.)

One thing I’m conscious of is making sure I don’t deprive myself, but keeping things balanced nutritionally – my body deserves to feel good!

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Into a Mason Jar went some Organic Plain Nonfat Yogurt (with NuStevia) and sliced Organic Strawberries

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Then a sprinkle of pink ghosts and their marshmallow friends

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[ I've always been a volume eater and would rather eat from an overflowing small jar than a giant bowl filled halfway. ]

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Frankenberry, my dear, I DO give a damn. I’m so glad you and I could finally do a little a dance.

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I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll keep preaching – recovery is not one size fits all. My path may not look perfect, but it’s right for me.

To read more about binge eating, there are a number of great resources, including “Food: The Good Girl’s Drug” by Redbook Deputy Editor Sunny Sea Gold:

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I just met Sunny in person at the NEDA Conference (we’re standing next to one another)

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Check out more posts about body acceptance (including one over at my other site, Thick Dumpling Skin) by visiting NOW’s Blog Carnival.

Squashed

dinner - restaurant - video games

We saw our friends Aaron and Jamie last night at M Cafe; I was hoping to taste their “Macrotized” Vegan Philly cheesesteak and Chicken Pot Pie, but neither were available :(

Thankfully, I DID find both recipes on Quarrygirl, plus they still have a bunch of other delicious seasonal items available:

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I got three deli salads –

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Kale with Peanut Sauce (always)

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Azuki Beans with Watercress (which should be renamed Azuki with Shredded Carrot and Celery Root)

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Kabocha Couscous with raisins

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The latter is my fall favorite – LOVE THAT SQUASH

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I exchanged a bite for Abe’s wasabi potato

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All four salads were semi-sweet; kept that theme going back at home

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Lindt sent a few of their gourmet Dark Chocolate Excellence bars to sample

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Two pieces of 70% Cocoa Nut Crunch

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Grapes too (frozen AND fresh)

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Our latest obsession – Midnight Club: Los Angeles

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I’m still horrible at it (squashing my car and getting stopped by the cops before I even GET to the races)

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Still, it’s really fun to drive around my city without leaving the couch

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Anyone in Honolulu? Our film Via Text is playing in the Shorts Program at the Hawaii International Film Festival tomorrow night!!!