An Open Letter: You Are Not Your Eating Disorder.

You. Yes, you. The one who will always see themselves first and foremost as “the one with the eating disorder.” The one who blames themselves for the expensive therapy she dutifully goes to every week. The one who hides themselves away from others for fear of hurting them with lies, deceit, and ambiguity. The one who had stared at…

What If I Told You Your Anxiety Could Work to Your Advantage?

As you may or may not know, I’m currently studying Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. Last quarter, twice a week,  I and 200 other students would pack ourselves like sardines into one of the biggest lecture halls on campus for our introductory psychology class. We covered everything from the very basics of cellular brain structure,…

On Weight Gain, Body Ideals, Before-and-Afters, and More.

Recently on Instagram, I noticed a hashtag floating around called, “#gainingweightiscool.” Each picture under the tag displayed a different kind of before-and-after photo than you may be used to: instead of displaying weight loss, perhaps one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions in modern times, women were posting photos of their weight gain.  The participants…