Love Your Body, Love Your Berries

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:


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:


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

Today, I finally unleashed the monster!!!


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!


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


Then a sprinkle of pink ghosts and their marshmallow friends


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


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


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:


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.


8 thoughts on “Love Your Body, Love Your Berries

  1. Jenn from Much to My Delight

    My forbidden cereal was Captain Crunch. I ate an obscene amount of it my first semester of college to spite my mother. It was a mistake. I should have used it sparingly, like you just did. Somehow, paired with strawberries, that crazy pink color looks almost natural on a cereal:)

  2. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    We were never allowed sweet cereals as a kid. I don’t deprive my kids now so they don’t go crazy over the stuff. I love that they have a balance. I think forbidding things is the first step in the wrong direction. I used to love cereal with yogurt…that looks like a perfect “treat”!

  3. Lauren

    Lynn, this is such a great post! You are so right, recovery is not a universal answer. It’s all about doing what is right for you and what you know will bring you closer to your end result. You rock lady!

  4. Emily Dryden

    This post is fantastic. Thank you for sharing the links.
    I wasn’t allowed to how sugary cereals growing up either, which has led me to avoid them out of habit. But, sometimes a little indulgence is necessary! Maybe I’ll give these a try, in the spirit of Halloween and all. (:

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