#MentallyMe Montage

Thanks to everyone continuing to tag and share with the hashtag #MentallyMe. Growing the more vulnerable and authentic side of social media while fostering our identity outside of mental illness.

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Embracing self-love

“Hey, hi, hello. I’m Nicole and self love is my jam. 🤘🏼” – Nicole

Sharing honesty and vulnerability for eating disorder awareness week  

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“I don’t have any deep or wise things to say for #nedaweek 
I wasn’t even sure I was going to share something. But if I could do anything I’d like to talk to the 21 year old me in this picture.
“This should be a really fun day for you, you’re at the lake with your best friends and your boyfriend, it’s the 4th of July, Jens mom made her fabulous margaritas 😉. Have one. Stop checking yourself in that bathing suit every five minutes. Please have something to eat, there’s so many delicious things for you to nourish yourself with. Stop counting calories and planning your run for later. Enjoy the conversation and the people that you’re with. Laugh a little, go out on the boat, jump in the water. Please don’t leave early so you can get home and workout before your parents find out. Fireworks are much more fun, your friends are much more fun. Don’t you want to look back on this and remember all the fun you had? That guy won’t like you better if you lose a few more pounds, he already likes you a lot and you can’t see that because you’re already wrapped up in counting calories and miles and pounds. And no that relationship won’t last but you still wish each other happy birthday. Please get the help you need now, before things get worse. You’re already ok. You’re more than okay. You have everything going for you girl. You might have lost this holiday but please don’t lose anymore.” 
If I could go back and change things or tell myself what I know now I would. While I think this has taught me a lot, I wish I could do things differently, be kinder and gentler with myself, allow myself the things I needed to heal, and not still be dealing with this years later. 
Be gentle with yourself this week. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself what you need to heal ❤️” Cheerstobalance

 Embodying beauty and grace with each passing year 

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“It’s my 53rd birthday today – I’m ten years older than I used to be. And potentially ten years younger than I’m going to be. I don’t know if that makes me young or old – I think it just makes me 53.” – Simone Lisa, Instagram, Telling Tales

Commenting on our relationship with food

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“My latest blog post is thoughts rather than recipes. My clients often ask me whether I’m vegan, which I’m not. But I don’t have a catchy word / -ism / -arian to sum up how I eat. It’s a pretty contentious issue, and I am all for people getting more involved and in touch with what they are eating. But recently I’ve been more and more shocked by diet culture and the way the clean eating movement has become a commercial ploy to prey on already vulnerable people with a complicated relationship with food. I feel so lucky to not have a weight and body image focused relationship with food. In fact it’s just not something I think about and never have. I don’t know why I can eat whatever I want and not worry about my body. But I see the more people worry about how what they eat affects their body, the more of a self fulfilling prophecy this becomes. It’s something that is a problem for me in so many areas of life, luckily not with food. So i thought I’d share that, and in the process of writing it I realized that my relationship with food should really be a blueprint for other areas of my life – pure passion, joy and love, no guilt , no shame, no fear. One step a time I guess!” – Sal, Breadren.com

Celebrating the benefits of recovery

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Since before & after pictures can be triggering and promote the idea that being sick has a “look,” for Eating Disorder Awareness Week this year I’m sharing a lil graphic of the things that recovery has given me🙂
👯‍♀️ Time with friends, laughing and crying and being with my favorite people without thinking or worrying about food/my body/the things that for so long preoccupied me. .
🥂 The ability to enjoy alcohol! To drink socially and have fun and not stress about the calorie content of delicious beverages.
📸 The ability to see myself in pictures and actually like them!
🥰 All the happy “I can’t believe this is really my life” feels
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 A better connection with my family. My issues with food forced me to hold my family at arms length for a long time. My healing undoubtably made family time a whole lot more enjoyable. .
🍩 Spontaneous donut dates with my people
🏃🏻‍♀️ A newfound love for movement (the ability to workout in ways my body actually craves).
🌍 The ability to travel and enjoy myself without worrying about squeezing in workouts and eating “healthy.” .
🙏🏼 An increased connection to my faith.
🇺🇸 The agility to dedicate myself to a cause for the country I love, foregoing any semblance of healthy eating or exercise, to work on something that felt important and purposeful. .
❤️ Self love, people love, love for life.
🍕The ability to eat out, and eat lots, without stress or guilt or shame.
✨ A whole lotta magic .
Oh, and obviously, this body. Which I never thought I’d love…but it turns out I do💁‍♀️Recovery is weird that way, y’all. .

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