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whatahealthylady:

Hello, health and fitness community!

I’ve been here before, for a very very long time, but I’m finally starting to feel in control.  It’s been a very long journey for me.  Let’s start from the beginning…

In high school, I realized my metabolism wasn’t what it used to be.  Sure, I was thin, but I wasn’t thin enough, despite varsity soccer and an active lifestyle.  I gained some weight over a summer, losing my self-control at the sight of free cookies.  When I came back, I switched to eating a carrot for breakfast, leaving all day, and eating about half of the dinner my parents served.  I would give away my school lunches to my friends.  My weight dropped, which made me fairly happy, but I was always thinking about food or how I could make one granola bar last for, say, eight hours, writing out plan after plan in my notebooks.

I started thinking, why would I do this, when I could get rid of it?  Senior year, the binge-purge cycle commenced.  I denied anything was wrong to my parents and so on, but it continued, also leading to my first cavities. 

When I got to college, it kept going, only now I had access to a gym.  I ate strictly “healthy” foods, exercised about 2 hours a day,  and purged probably daily.  I knew there was a problem, but my best friend at the time was in the same cycle as I was, so, though we knew our habits were wrong and horrible, we fed off of each other, desperately working to get thinner.

This is when I joined the fitblr community on tumblr.  I was bingeing, and trying to stop purging, so I figured this site would help.  Instead, I had the idea that 1100 calories was fine and optimal daily for a nearly 5’10” 18-year-old girl.  And the cycles still went on until, finally, my nose began to spontaneously and profusely bleed.  Everywhere.  And I couldn’t get it to stop for a solid amount of time, which was scary, and pretty much my wake-up call.  I had to stop this.

Since then, it’s been a struggle.  I’ve been twelve pounds heavier from bingeing, eleven pounds lighter from horrible habits.  I’m still not perfect here, and there was plenty of stuff that happened in between my senior year of highschool, and, now, my senior year of college, between my disordered and unhealthy relationship with food and my struggles with depression, but I’m finally finding the balance.  I’m busy, and I’m not super hard on myself. 

I’m only 20-years-old. 

On the weekends, sometimes I still slip into a binge, but I’m starting to realize that these mess-ups aren’t going to kill me, like my old habits would have if I’d let them keep going.  I’m young.  A couple days of extreme calorie surplus are no biggie in the long scheme of my life when it’s gotten so rare.

Either way, I’m trying.

This blog is going to be my positivity.  I love my body.  I don’t need to torture it.  Now, I walk for an hour with some planks, or do the elliptical casually while reading.  Maybe attend a spin class here and there.  A couple times a week, I’ll do some light strength training.

Back in the day, I would have never posted a picture after a 4.5 serving container of pineapple chunks, a quart of water, and creamed coffee (let alone ever put cream in my coffee, but that’s another point).  So this says a lot for me.

I think I’m finally feeling good, fairly at peace with my body.  I’m a vegetarian, dominantly plant based.  I’m a good person, interning with a nonprofit and doing everything I can to help my community.  I love coffee, and I volunteer with dogs at least once a week.  I get good grades, and I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up.

I’m Katherine—nice to meet you.

You are literally the cutest thing ever!!! Plus AMAZING- you go girl!!

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piecesinprogress:

Minute Kitchen Episode 6: Gluten Free Zucchini Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins, get the recipe here!These are the perfect mix of end-of-summer fresh produce and can-it-please-be-fall-already warm & sweet spices!

Nutrition per muffin:

170 calories, 2g fat, 32 carbs, 5g protein

Vegan swap: applesauce (which might actually make them extra good this time of year!) or banana

Minute Kitchen is my 1 minute long cooking show where I show you easily & beautifully how to make a healthy, delicious recipe! Get all the episodes here or check out my youtube channel!

(via fit-and-skinny-kate)

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“ 1) Learn to put on your bracelets and zip up your dresses by yourself. There will be times when you will be alone.
2) Get on a long plane ride. Look out the window. Understand the immensity of our world. Understand your insignificance. Understand your absolute importance.
3) Press the send button. If you don’t say it now, you never will.
4) Do not sneer at happiness or roll your eyes at sadness. Be aware that apathy is not healthy.
5) You are more than the amount of people who want to have sex with you.
6) That pit in your stomach when he doesn’t text you back, it shouldn’t be there. No one should be able to control you like that.
7) Shopping is cathartic. Buy the shoes and deal with one-ply toilet paper for a while.
8) It will get better, but it will never be perfect. Learn to live through the small moments of happiness. When they disappear, remember they will resurface.
9) I promise that cookie will not change anything (except that it will make you smile).
10) Please, please, take care of yourself. You are everything to somebody. You are everything to your self. That alone is enough. ”

—    things to remember, -n.m. (via thegirlwithfernweh)

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pixiephunk:

Raw Garden Herb Spreadable “Cheese” Recipe

Raw vegan, gluten, egg, and dairy-free

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 c. cashews, soak for 3 hours and drain
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 Tb coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tb fresh parsley
  • 1 Tb fresh chives
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt (depending on taste preference)
  1. DIRECTIONS
  2. In a high-speed blender, combine cashews, water, lemon juice, and vinegar until smooth.
  3. Add coconut oil and blend.
  4. Add herbs and salt and pulse briefly.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours or until set.

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Is oatmeal okay to have everyday for breakfast? I don't sugar-laden it, more so add berries or nuts or nut butters or cinnamon or some cinnamon holiday spice to it, sometimes. But I read somewhere it may be better just to "get rid of the grains, dairy, and sugar altogether." But I think that website was a paleo website...

Asked by Anonymous

I have oatmeal for breakfast every day!
There’s nothing wrong with grains unless you are allergic or have some kind of intolerance to it. I asked me dietitian, and she said it’s a common misconception.
Like dairy, a lot of people might have very minor intolerances to grains, but it’s not enough to be harmful really. So if it doesn’t bother you (i.e give you pain or something) then it’s not something you should worry about!
And more importantly you shouldnt cut it out of your diet unless you are really intolerant to it- it’s not necessary or healthy for everyone to just cut it out just because.

*****Also you can get gluten-free oatmeal if you have an issue with gluten, so I really don’t think theres anything wrong with oatmeal unless you’re allergic to the oatmeal itself!
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