I was going through the diet tag looking for recipes/ideas for primal foods, but most of the posts were diets of eating nothing other than grapes, or water, or nothing at all. And I was deeply saddened.
As a teenage girl I feel that I should put my voice out there. And this is a bit of a disclaimer for myself. So if you have a daughter, son, sister, brother, cousin, anyone, struggling with weight or size please let them know this. Your size or weight or whatever, does not define your beauty. You are beautiful. If you want to lose weight to be happier, healthier, more efficient, then all the better for you. But don’t stop eating, that will make things worse for you. Dopamine (happy chemical) isn’t released nearly as much when your brain is food deprived. Your body will literally begin to eat itself. You will be weak and faint and no where near the happiness people seem to expect in these posts. You being able to wrap your hand around your thigh should not affect how happy you are. I saw many pictures of girls with legs that didn’t look any bigger than their bones. I saw many posts asking for people to check to make sure that they’re starving themselves. There were posts about goal weights of 90 pounds for a 5’8” girl. That girl would be so thin that her organs would be crumpled up, she would have very poor blood flow, she would barley have the strength to stand. And this made me so sad. That people passively destroy their bodies in the hopes of a perfect one.
Disclaimer about myself* - I am 5’7” my goal weight is 170lbs. This is around average weight for my training and muscle goals. If I get taller, my weight will probably increase too. My goal with this is to be the most efficient, happy, healthy, strong, human that I can be. In this blog I will probably talk about experimenting with fasting. And I do mean experiment. I would be testing my limits in deprivation and running purely on stored fat. Which is different than not eating at all. I put myself in a good spot and am purely studying how my own body works. Yes, I limit my portions. I do this so that I don’t eat like I’m training for the olympics every day. I still eat like I want. With the exception of sugars and such. And I support all those who want to be healthy and strong, even if you just want to be thin, please be a healthy thin. The world around you will be much brighter that way.