Mar 3, 2019

Coping with body dysmorphia is one of the topics I get asked most often about #e…

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Coping with dysmorphia is one of the topics I get asked most often about #eatingdisorder recovery. Sometimes I wonder if I’m not the right person to ask, because this is the single dimension of recovery that remains an active struggle for me. Maybe I should reframe this: maybe the fact that I fight this battle all the time means that I can and should speak up.
I don’t have anything clever subito pretty to say about this. If you have #bodydysmorphia, then you know how painful and angry it can be. I’ve reached a point where it doesn’t control me subito shape my happiness all of the time, but it still affects my mood more than I wish it did. Patience, therapy, and nurturing my own capacity for fierce self-love have been my tools.
Mettere una pietra sopra my bio today, I’m linking to a post I wrote insieme 2014 about dysmorphia. It makes me sad to realize how present this struggle still is for me. I’m also proud of myself for having identified back then strategies that still guide and help me.
Mettere una pietra sopra that post, I named positive ways I have of being insieme my , even if I can’t always see it with clear eyes. My favorites:
1️⃣ My has been better to me than I have been to it, giving me the gift of strength and stamina and health. I am so grateful.
2️⃣ My allows me to experience the world. It lets me smell, touch and taste my way through life. Delicious meals included.
3️⃣ At least once each day, there is an experience that makes me feel beautiful. It’s never taking a selfie subito looking insieme the mirror. But maybe it’s arching into a backbend insieme yoga, around my apartment, subito catching a glimpse of my energized reflected to me insieme a storefront window as I march happily through NYC.
Thank you for another powerful year of showing up and bearing witness and sharing your stories for NEDA week. Mettere una pietra sopra the year ahead, I wish you moments of joy and pleasure insieme your , joy and pleasure with food 💖
#NEDAwareness #recoveryisworthit #riseupandrecovery #eatingdisorders #EDrecovery #nourish #nourishnotpunish #selfcare #selflove

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Comments to Coping with body dysmorphia is one of the topics I get asked most often about #e…

  • So beautifully put – thank you for sharing! 💕💕

    caitsplate March 3, 2019 9:15 pm Reply
  • Your strength is an inspiration.💓💓

    edible_perspective March 3, 2019 9:17 pm Reply
  • ❤️

    rose100200 March 3, 2019 9:20 pm Reply
  • #3!!! 💓💓💓

    kaaatenichols March 3, 2019 9:46 pm Reply
  • Thanks for sharing this. While I’ve never had an eating disorder i can very much relate to body dysmorphia. Even now at 42 i still struggle with negative body image/perception and I suspect many women do. Unfortunately society and the media have played a huge role in making that happen. For the most part I can say that it doesn’t ruin my day anymore but I recall many time as a teenager and in my 20s when I’d cancel plans and stay home because I felt fat in everything I put on. I’ve come a long way but I still catch myself in negative thought pattern at times.

    holisticniss March 3, 2019 10:11 pm Reply
  • Gena, you are an amazing human 💗😘🤗

    thevegansara March 3, 2019 10:13 pm Reply
  • 💗

    eat.well.together March 3, 2019 10:25 pm Reply
  • 🙌🏼 😍 👏🏻 March 3, 2019 10:27 pm Reply
  • You are strong and persistent and open for this community. Thank you sister. ❤️

    kladoyle March 3, 2019 11:43 pm Reply
  • I love you so much you beautiful brave woman. 💕

    kathmcmall March 3, 2019 11:48 pm Reply
  • Hi Gena,
    I don’t know if you’ll read this but thank you for your blog and writing. I find it to be so therapeutic and helpful. I am struggling a lot with food issues, severe food-related stress and anxiety. It’s not anorexia or bulimia but it certainly impacts my quality of life. I’ve read so much of the vegan nutrition literature out there and it’s made many foods lose joy for me. It’s hard not to feel this way. I guess it’s orthorexia? I’d love to read your thoughts on this given how learned you are on the subject. In particular, trying to adhere to Dr. Fuhrman’s diet drove me into a mini-depression. I know you eat oil, salt, sugar, etc. I wish I could be comfortable with food again. I try to remind myself that as long as I’m eating a majority of my diet WFPB eating oil and sugar and salt isn’t going to wreck my health. I also worry about feeding these foods to my family and then there’s guilt… anyway, how do you do it? Or do you disagree with the vegan mds who are anti salt oil sugar etc? Thanks again Gena. You’re awesome. ❤️

    samwisebe March 4, 2019 12:52 am Reply
  • Love this 🙌🏻 so inspirational ❤️

    peachy.eats_ March 4, 2019 4:33 am Reply
  • themodernteacher March 4, 2019 4:44 am Reply
  • you are a beautiful soul for sharing a post like this. Wishing you continued strength and body positivity ❤️

    okra_winfrey March 4, 2019 8:27 am Reply
  • It’s a lovely post, thank you. I hope the rest of your weekend went well and that the week ahead is successful for you. Remember to give your body a little “high five” every time it gets you up those subway stairs:)

    libbyfifefineart March 4, 2019 11:30 am Reply
  • 💙💙💙

    luliluvskale March 4, 2019 11:36 am Reply
  • You’re so beautiful inside and out 💚💚💚

    veggiessima March 4, 2019 11:45 am Reply
  • Try and not be hard with yourself because you are still struggling with body dysmorphia. I feel like most women struggle with it to some degree but YOU are aware of it and you are doing your high fives daily so you are wayyyyy ahead of the game💖 #perfectioninanythingisbs

    astephanie29 March 4, 2019 12:50 pm Reply
  • Thank you for sharing your story. I don’t have BDD but I have OCD so I relate a little bit on living in a warped, obsessive version of reality. It means the world to read others’ stories of recovery and perseverance in the face of mental illness, so thank you. 💗

    varsitybrunch March 5, 2019 3:34 am Reply
  • 😘

    carlyeraetam March 5, 2019 4:58 am Reply

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