I have good feelings about the path of the world when I talk to you all.
Oh my god, the message is an apology.
I would absolutely wear dresses for the rest of my life. In fact, it would be a life goal rather than a restriction!
My favorite grade school subject was reading.
My eyes are brown.
My hair is naturally wavy, which is how I prefer it.
I am not sure if I’d ever get a tattoo, but if I did it would be an Andrea Gibson quote: “It hurts to become”
I love spring.
I’m going to the Boston Calling music festival, which should be amazing.
My favorite dogs are goldens.
I like to walk in the city or in the woods in Vermont in the winter. There’s an old snow-covered cemetery that I walk to with my best friend A. In the spring anywhere will do. Especially grassy areas with trees where I can wander to a cafe or lie down and read. Spring in Lake Forest was one of my favorite times to walk. In the summer I like to walk to the beach, if there’s one nearby. Otherwise I walk to wherever I can get ice cream! Fall is a favorite. I grew up in a house that bordered a forest in Maryland and the forest is full of tiny bike trails that are surrounded by trees.
I like so many hot beverages! Chai lattes, mate green tea lattes, red roiboos lattes, italian style cappuccino, genmai cha tea, hot milk tea with boba, carmel macchiatos, korean barley tea. Everything decaf, of course.
I would most certainly be a cat. I’m adverse to water and love to curl up and nap in sunspots.
Favorite colors are probably teal or emerald.
I’m really into Riptide by Vance Joy
Favorite books are all YA series because I’m totally a grown-up: Harry Potter, The Abhorsen Trilogy, and His Dark Materials
Something fun I did recently… It’s not thrilling but I had a friend over for wine and cheese in my apartment.
Thank you. You’re wonderful. I certainly hope I can. <3
I would go back to Italy in a heartbeat. I feel like I should want to go someplace new but whenever life really sucks I find my mind wandering back to there. Everything was so vivid and beautiful and delicious. I felt really alive there.
- I would want to write a fantasy series with a richly textured world, like the Abhorsen Trilogy or Harry Potter. I’m not sure what I’d call it but I would want it to be something you could escape entirely into.
- Oooh, I’m not sure. There are so many wonderful options. Maybe that’s something I’ll ponder as I try to sleep tonight.
- My top 5 songs on iTunes are Breezeblocks by Alt-J, Broadripple is Burning by Margot & The Nuclear So-and-Sos, Square Glass in the Wall by The Four Legged Faithful, and Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie.
Sorry for being needy tonight, guys. I just need to be distracted for the next hour until the boyfriend gets back from lab.
Can someone who can talk about sexual assault and who is college aged or older please message me privately? Thanks.
Well, folks. This is the former home of the household scale.
The scale is gone.
I’ve been living here for 6 months and last night I finally got up the nerve to ask one of my housemates to move it into their room and admit to them that I’m in recovery for what I vaguely referred to as “eating issues.” I’ve known that I had to do it for a while, so I just had to find a random moment of blind bravery/stupidity and just spit it out.
It had to go but I’m freaking terrified. (And also pretty proud)
I’m a bit confused by the question here. Which study and how are people who are malnourished healthy individuals? It is undisputed that folks who have eating disorders have higher depression scores. Could you explain what you’re asking?
Hello! I think you asked me this before. I’ve been waiting until I had a good chunk of time to answer so I could make sure to do my research and get my facts right. I’m certainly not an expert on these things and a lot of folks know a lot better than I do but I am a biologist, so I’ll do my best to explain without bias one way or another.
Minnie Maud is a set of guidelines for recovery that have been proposed by a treatment advocate named Gwyneth Olwyn at YourEatopia based on scientific information about recovery and nutrition. All articles about it can be found on that site, as well as other scientific information about recovery. It’s called Minnie after the Minnesota Starvation experiment, which gives us much of the scientific information about the biology of starvation and recovery from starvation that we have today, and Maud after the Maudsley Method, a highly evidence-based treatment protocol for eating disorders that focuses on family based treatment.
Although the author is not a dietician, she compiles many scientific articles and draws conclusions in the form of guidelines. As a biologist, I tend to think that most of her posts are drawing solid conclusions from the literature, but keep in mind that all of this is not yet widely implemented.
Here are the three main principles, although many people focus primarily on the first one as the most important biologically and psychologically:
The intake levels that are proposed may surprise many people because we are often told that much lower levels are appropriate. To avoid posting calories, here’s a link to the guidelines for calorie intake— just scroll to the bottom of the page. It’s important to remember that refeeding can be dangerous for some folks and recovery should be overseen by health professionals. Some guidelines for how to get up to this calorie level healthily are here. Another reminder is that most recommendations that you hear have been developed based on self-reporting of what people eat, and most people without restrictive eating disorders under-report the amount that they eat, especially because there is cultural pressure to do so. People are eating more than you think and you need to eat more than you think.
Minnie Maud cites that many of the psychological symptoms of eating disorders, such as preoccupation with food, anxiety, and depression are directly reflective of inadequate nutrition. This has been shown to occur in healthy individuals who are underfed for a period of time. It also proposes that people who have been put on a recovery weight gain meal plan that is too low often do not complete the physical recovery process. They don’t get enough steady nutrition to reach and maintain at their body’s actual set point (which is often above BMI 20). They also do not get enough extra nutrition to repair the cellular damage that has been done through restriction. Your body needs extra energy in order to complete the maintenance on your organs and tissues that it had to neglect in order to keep more essential functions going. This insufficient nutrition can cause individuals at “normal” weights to still experience the physical effects of starvation such as fatigue, cold extremities, anemia, loss of menstrual periods, dull skin and hair, etc. Minnie Maud argues that failing to provide someone with an adequate nutritional goal or getting them to their actual set point leads to an incomplete recovery, where many symptoms may still be present.
Trying Minnie Maud can be a huggeeee shift for a lot of folks because it is very contrary to a lot of what treatment professionals do and it might seem like a lot of food. You owe it to yourself to provide yourself with the best possible chance to be happy and recovered. It’s a way to refuse to live the rest of your life with any limitations.