All posts tagged: mental health

Popcorn Almond Butter Chocolate Granola Bars + Perfectionism

So… today I want to talk about something that I have been struggling with for the past 10 years or so. It’s something that has considerably dialed down over the past couple of years as I recovered from my eating disorder and workaholic tendencies (another post to reflect and talk about on its own, perhaps in the near future). However, I still do struggle with it from time to time and it resurfaced when I was making these Popcorn Almond Butter Chocolate Granola Bars.   If there was such a thing called Perfectionists Anonymous, I think I would be a member in it. Perfectionism. The word itself is daunting. I remember heavily how I used to slave over it. Just for the sake of attaining the ‘perfect’ something. If there was really such a thing. I have come to learn that it doesn’t exist. and that’s really comforting. There was this one time in high school, when I was making this colored pencil art work. I spent maybe around 3 hours coloring, and fixing this …

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Part III: How to feel good living in your body (More of Gaby, Less of Ana)

Today’s post is the last installment in the is 3-part series of my story of how I fell into my disordered eating, my experiences with Ana, and how my journey of recovery.   If you missed the previous two posts: feel free to catch up on the links below: Part I: How I Met Ana Part II: How Ana Took Over   Today’s Part III post is focused on giving you a few tips on how to truly live in your body and feel good in doing it! Based on my experience with my eating disorder, much of it had taken up place in my mind, that I was no longer sensing / denying how my body felt. Yet, our body’s intuitive signals can be a source of guidance for us to feeling our best, if we learn to listen to it.       On Recovery My recovery wasn’t one of those one step forward continuous uphill. On many of the days I felt beaten. There were days where I couldn’t discern which of …

What type of thinker are you?

Last Wednesday’s post in this Be Fre(ed) Series was focused on giving you tips on how to observe your thoughts without judgment. If you missed last Wednesday’s feel free to catch up: Let’s Think about our Thinking.   Today’s post is will be giving a closer look on what sort of thought pattern that you may be thinking along the lines of. From my experience, I found that there are certain types of thinking patterns that we habitually think and lead us into that negative spiral. The result being we might end up restricting, binging, overexercising, or over indulging and end up with a finished bag of chocolate covered pretzels without really knowing how that happened. Our actions are linked to what we first were thinking about. When we give power to these thoughts and believe in it, it leads us to take action. What I’m sharing today is there are certain patterns of thinking that you don’t have to believe.    I grew up hooked on fantasy novels and Harry Potter was one of …