12 Reminders For When You're Struggling With Food And Body Image

12 Reminders For When You're Struggling With Food And Body Image

Food is important for daily functioning, no body size is best and your life is worth more than these worries.

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Body positivity, true healthy eating and self-compassion can be hard, especially in a word filled with fatphobia, the idea that men must be muscular, diet tips and photoshopped models. Add stress and emotions, which can cause changes in weight and appetite, and your body may not feel like home.

However, our bodies are super rad. They do so, so much for us; they carry out so many intricate functions that we may not even know or comprehend. Our bodies are the only true home we'll ever have, the only thing that will constantly be with us, so let's learn to appreciate it and love it right. Trust your body, and it will trust you.

1. Food = fuel.

Food gives us the energy to hug our friends, to travel, to go to work and make money, to go out with friends, to watch our favorite shows, to kiss.

2. At least 20% of the energy you receive from food goes towards your brain's functioning.

That's your grades, your ability to read articles, getting ready in the morning, creating happy memories, being an efficient employee and being able to have conversations with loved ones. Plus, people with eating disorders think about food up to 100% of the time. Imagine how much that limits your daily living!

3. Fat (or any other body type) isn't bad, and we need fat to live.

Fat does not have moral value. It's simply a nutrient necessary for life.

4. Worrying about food is a waste of time.

Believe me when I say it is not worth it to be stressed about food when you're eating out with friends. Believe me when I say it's better to eat what you want and your mind be able to focus on those who bring you happiness.

5. Wanting seconds, wanting to eat when others aren’t, and eating emotionally do NOT make you a bad person.

You are allowed to eat when and what and how much you want. Embrace your body's wants and needs!

6. When you get older, you will not look back on your life and wish you were smaller.

You will wish you would've spent more time with people you love, going on adventures and enjoying that 2 a.m. Waffle House.

7. Think about everything you are, and your size becomes less and less relevant.

Daughter. Son. Doctor. Gas station worker. Lover of noodles. Avid football watcher. Fashion lover. The funny one. The friend. Someone who has the strength to get up and live. The rap music lover.

8. Yeah, maybe you don’t love some aspects of your body -- but that isn’t all of you.

You are whole. You are a combination of so much and cannot be defined by only a couple of details.

9. Not eating -- or eating too much -- won’t solve your problems. Neither will having a different body size.

Geneen Roth has some amazing books about compulsive eating. The food isn't the problem, it's what you're trying to fight by using food. Your body isn't the problem, and fat is not a feeling.

10. Body struggles are not dealt with exclusively by a certain kind of person or body type.

All people -- genders, races, ages, levels of ability, sexual orientations and more can be affected. Those who are minorities often struggle more with body politics and are disproportionately affected and also stereotyped against. You don't have to look a certain way to be "sick enough" or valid.

11. Can’t feel body posi? Try body neutral.

AKA: I have a body. My body helps me get places and completes other cool functions.

12. Many resources are available to you for however you feel.

I'll say it again: you deserve help, no matter who you are or what you look like!
  1. National Eating Disorders Association on Eating Disorders
  2. National Eating Disorders Association on Body Image

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I Ranked 11 Fast-Food  Fries From Worst To Best, And Mickey D's DIDN'T Win

Going from worst to best, here is my controversial opinion on fast food fries, and no McDonald's is not the best.

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I firmly believe that nobody hates fast food, and the people that say they do are lying. These people do not mean that they hate the taste of the food but the repercussions of eating it, the consequences that one faces with the calorie intake or the intestinal issues lying ahead. Fast food, no matter how disgusting it makes you feel after, is delicious, especially the fries.

So, here is a ranking of the 11 fast food fries entirely based off of my opinion only, hence its controversy. There are some disgusting fries on this list in my opinion.

However, keep in mind that my definition of "disgusting" in this instance is that I would most likely still eat them if they were offered to me.

Steak and Shake (Dishonorable Mention)

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These thin pieces of cardboard potatoes can't even make it to number 10 on this ranking. One of my roommates loves these fries, and, just like Steak and Shake, she has garbage taste.

10. Burger King

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I don't even know what to write for this one. No one cares, Burger King. You bore me. Next!

9. Dairy Queen

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You go to Dairy Queen for blizzards, milkshakes, sundaes, but NEVER french fries.

8. Rally's

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These fries looks beautifully seasoned, but in reality they taste mediocre, hence their mediocre ranking.

7. Raising Cane's WITHOUT the sauce

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What. Is. THE POINT?

6. McDonald's

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I am underwhelmed, McDonald's. I always have been. I always will be. You're fine, but I am just not McLovin' it.

5. Raising Cane's WITH the sauce

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YES. Dip the fries in the Cane's sauce. Forget about McDonald's.

4. Chick-Fil-A

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These are delicious and have a fun shape, but I still do not believe they deserve the best spot at slot 10. Come at me.

3. Five Guys

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These fries are so greasy and awesome. You can slather them in vinegar, which not everybody loves, but I do! And this is my controversial ranking, so...

2. Wendy's

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These fries taste likes real potatoes. French fries = potatoes. I am sorry, but McDonald's has got nothing on these perfect, fried slices of ACTUAL potato on Wendy's menu.

1. Arby's

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Beautifully seasoned and beautifully curly... Arby's has the best fries. @ me, I dare you.

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It's 2019, Can We Stop Talking About Women's Bodies

With all of our problems in the world, why do we still body shame women.

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I'm sure you've heard everything! I'm sure you've heard the screams of women over analyzing the media for shaming our bodies. While there is shaming in the media, our bodies shouldn't be the focus of our world now. Our society is going through some major problems that our beauty and vanity shouldn't be the forefront of everything we see. Women have been expected to look a certain way since the dawn of our conception. I feel like our health, life and political standing are more important than the color that should be on the lips and cheeks of our face. I'd rather be able to go to the doctor without fear of not being heard then learn how to contour my face into oblivion.

Growing up, I had both skinny and plus-sized girlfriends. Did I have that toxic mindset that they were better than me because they were either skinnier than I or had better breast and butt sizes, yes I did and I hate myself for it. I was the troll back in the Myspace days telling skinny girls to eat a cheeseburger and the plus sized girls that they need to eat more salad. Looking back, I was a terrible human to my own gender. I was that normal sized girl (by today's standards) with some fat to keep me warm in the winter (nonexistent in FLORIDA). I also had my friends that would troll other girls because of their own insecurities and jealousy. That is not how we should treat other girls.

The fact that we have more rights and positions then we've had over the past 100 years and we still feel the need to judge ourselves and others still makes us primitive. Throughout history, women have been regarded as either property or as goddesses. Us being goddesses needs to make a comeback. I'm so thankful that we are considering ourselves goddesses because that will inspire girls to do whatever they want. Nowadays girls are learning traditionally male careers at an early age and that's a great step towards equality.

Women shouldn't be known for their bodies and should be known for our accomplishments. Body shaming is archaic and has no position in today's society. Just because a woman wears a size 00 or 22, it doesn't limit our capabilities. A woman wearing a 00 can accomplish learning computer code as same as a woman wearing a size 18. Women's sizing also isn't regulated because a size 12 can be the same as a size 14 in different brands.

If we are going to be continued to be known for our bodies, it looks like we need to stand up for our health. To be able to have a safe abortion, a judge-free hysterectomy or mastectomy would do our world a lot of good. I would rather have a woman get the right healthcare SAFELY then hear about another woman dying because of medical malpractice due to an under the table procedure. Our bodies have every right to have a necessary or wanted procedure to help us feel healthy in both body and mind. For those who continue to judge...It's none of your business.
So ladies...
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you are capable, creative, intelligent, beautiful and WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE!

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