10 ways to overcome body dysmorphia, and to begin seeing yourself in a new light

10 ways to overcome body dysmorphia, and to begin seeing yourself in a new light

I struggled with body dysmorphia for most of my teenage years and sometimes, I still struggle. Staring at myself so long, I start to perceive the most minor, unnoticeable, and often nonexistent flaws in myself. I'll never forget standing in front of the mirror and trying on formal dresses my senior year of high school, [...]

The Top Resources To Help Me Recover From An Eating Disorder

The Top Resources To Help Me Recover From An Eating Disorder

If you're reading this because you're in the midst of recovering from an eating disorder, well done. I know the road is tough, but I promise it gets easier. If you're reading this and haven't yet committed to recovery, well done. I was there once too and can look back now and say it's the [...]

No longer deceived, but set free: A summary of my silence & solitude retreat

No longer deceived, but set free: A summary of my silence & solitude retreat

A year ago, God asked me to get rid of all my journal entries that mentioned body image, food, or worthiness. I asked him, “Father, how do I heal from my past of disordered eating?” I had reached a breaking point in my life. A lot of things had bubbled to the surface of the [...]

Ditching the “do’s” & “dont’s” of diet culture

Ditching the “do’s” & “dont’s” of diet culture

“You shouldn’t go above xxx amount of sugar.” “That’s way too much saturated fat.” “You have to be careful because this stuff adds up fast.” “Pay attention to what you eat when you go to the movies, and what you drink when you go the movies. Popcorn is a great, healthy snack, as long as [...]

Reclaiming my relationship with exercise & breaking free from body shame

Reclaiming my relationship with exercise & breaking free from body shame

As I packed my bags for a six month trek to Australia, I began trying to plan how many pairs of workout pants and gym tops I would need. Should I bring my weight lifting shoes and running shoes? Will there be a school gym I can use? Will it be too humid to run [...]