Love Your Body, Love Your Berries

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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.

  • http://muchtomydelight.com 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:)

  • http://mealsandmovesblog.com janetha

    We have gone through 6 boxes of Boo and Frankenberry so far this season. YUM.

  • http://www.berryhappybodies.com Ali

    Oh man you discovered my go to snack ;). PS- maybe you would like my blog: http://www.berryhappybodies.com ha! And that blue silk shirt is beautiful!!

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ 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”!

  • http://organically-me.net Krystina (Organically Me)

    That you so much for the links. <3

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com 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!

  • http://asdreamsbecomereality.blogspot.com 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. (:

  • http://livinglearningeating.wordpress.com livinglearningeating

    You’re so smart! And yay for no forbidden foods! :)