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g i n a ✨ s u s a n n a  s p r e a d i n ‘ • psychology • self love • body acceptance • good vibes NEW JEWELRY LINE ⤵️

BOYS NEED BODY LOVE TOO ✨💗 However that means, in whatever way you identify, we NEED to stop focusing on the traditional female form as the only body that feels pressure to conform to unrealistic beauty standards.
And yes, there are only so many body types / identities shown here, but there are so many more that all deserve recognition and acceptance, not just from the world but from YOU, TOO ✨
Absolutely in LOVE with this little illustration, and make you SWIPE THROUGH to see the whole thing! (does anyone know the artist??)

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been going through a TIME.
I’ve been on the verge of tears and cried more this last week than I have since before I started recovery. I’ve felt powerless, I’ve felt angry, I’ve felt sad, I’ve felt guilty, and a myriad of other delightfully uncomfortable emotions. Sometimes all at once, sometimes BAM BAM BAM one leading right into the other.
But 🙌🏼 experiencing uncomfortable emotions is a part of life. Being uncomfortable IS A PART OF LIFE. It means we’re alive. It reminds us that we can still feel. Sitting through these things is part of our journey, whether we like it or not.
ITS OKAY TO NOT KNOW HOW TO PROCESS THINGS. It’s OKAY to NOT KNOW how we FEEL about certain things. It’s okay to not know what to do.
I’m offering up the comments section here for anyone who needs a safe place, a place to talk it out, vent, or ask others for advice.
✨PLEASE no numbers, please be aware of triggering information. 💗

F O O D + S T R E S S .
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Y’all KNOW I love talking about the power of positive thinking, right? Well get ready for some more of it, because not only is it SCIENCE, but it applies to the way we approach food, too.

Our bodies are incredible, complex things. And one of the amazing things it does is produce the hormone CORTISOL as a way of prioritizing how our bodies use energy — like - when waking up (so we don’t just flop out of the bed still asleep) - when being active (so we have enough energy to go for that hike) - AND fueling our FIGHT OR FLIGHT reactions when STRESSED, so our bodies all of a sudden have the power to run away from that bear that’s chasing us

and THAT PART 👆🏼 right there is important when we think about how our bodies physically react when we mentally stress about the food we’re eating.

Maybe it’s a fear food, or something we associate negatively with, or have unpleasant memories of, or perhaps we always eat at a particular stressful time of the day (or it’s always a stressful time of the day) … but every time we eat under stress, our bodies produce CORTISOL, which triggers the production of GLUCOSE, which raises our blood sugar levels and mobilizes triglycerides and blah blah blah science science science, it creates more and changes existing fat cells in our bodies.
TRANSLATED: when we eat food, fearing that that food will make us gain weight, it’s not so much the food but the STRESS of eating the food that can cause the weight gain we’re so afraid of.

It can also cause: ▫️suppressed immune system. ▫️chronic inflammation ▫️gastrointestinal issues ▫️insomnia ▫️and other complications

It’s just more proof that thinking “negatively” about the food we eat actually creates a tangible, physical reaction in our bodies.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? When we STOP stressing about the foods we’re putting into our bodies, we can keep ourselves in a happy homeostasis — when we allow ourselves to R E L A X and enjoy food for what it is, our magical bodies are able to process those foods in the way they’re supposed to. 🙌🏼.
#mentalhealth #food #recovery #science #psychology #eatingdisorderrecovery

When you’re feelin’ your lil baby rolls and yourSELF in those brand new mom jeans — because even though recovery happens one day at a time, sometimes we catch ourselves loving those war-torn soft places without a second thought, and that progress shit feels GOOD.
Celebrate your wins. Memorize those joyous surprises. Let those moments steer you further, deeper, onward into this life.
#thisistheonlylifeyouget #andtheonlybody #lovemore #itsokay

Lets brighten someone’s day by PLAYING THE COMPLIMENT GAME!!! 👏🏼💗 Comment on this photo, complimenting the person who commented above you!.
⚡️BONUS POINTS if you don’t talk about any physical attributes!⚡️

Abandoning diet culture can seem scary — for many of us, it’s always been the foundation of acceptance and beauty. It makes us feel safe, because there are rules, and strict guidelines to follow. But when we open up that rotten garbage bag and really look at what’s inside, it doesn’t actually make us feel good. It doesn’t help us love or accept ourselves. It doesn’t teach us to love and accept others. All it does is keep us trapped in a never ending cycle of trash.
#dietculture #bodypositivity #bopo #bodylove

Sorry for my absence, my dear squishies. 💗✨ but I thought I would give you an update!
A few weeks ago I was talking with a dear friend, and she told me how she’d turned the notifications off on her phone. She knew when she was expecting a call from someone, and she knew when she was actively texting with someone, but outside of that her phone showed nothing. No little red numbers, no pop up notifications, nothing. Just ... a phone.
And I realized something (that honestly I’ve known for a while): the way I engaged with my phone wasn’t healthy. It wasn’t balanced. I found myself most nights laying in bed hopping from app to app searching for updates, notifications, likes and comments and posts.
I would get a text and feel such immense pressure to read it and respond RIGHT AWAY, regardless of where I was or who I was with.
I felt tethered to it. Anxious when it wasn’t nearby. Antsy when someone else would take it.
I didn’t feel GOOD. And so I decided to make a change.
I haven’t found immediate relief right away — it still takes effort not to go in and check apps, see what I’ve missed. But I’m learning how good it feels to go out for dinner and not look at my phone once. To be at work and not feel the need to check for notifications. To experience something and not feel compelled to lifecast it.

But with this change has also come (as you’ve noticed) my stepping back from Instagram. Just a bit, and just for now. I WILL be back. I love all of you incredible squishy beans too much to leave this community of beautiful souls.
I’m just taking this time to prioritize my mental health, just like I tell all of you to do.
So ✌🏼 love to you all, I’ll be back before you know it ✨💖 and if any of you want to take a little social media detox with me, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the process too when I get back!
#reallife #technologydetox #balance

Hey you know what?
Perfection is an illusion.
It only exists in our minds, as this thing we wish we were, or this way we believe others are, as a way to put our own selves down.
But you know how we combat this mindset?
By SHOWING UP for ourselves.
By saying to ourselves “HAY SELF, you’re not a perfect human because that shits impossible, but you’re gonna wake up today and you’re gonna show up for yourself, however that means for you. Maybe it’s with kindness, maybe it’s forgiveness, maybe it’s with motivation. You’re not gonna let your mind bully you, because we both know that who you are is good enough.”
You are 1 in a bajillion people who have been taught to believe perfection is the ultimate goal, but we know now that’s not true.
SELF LOVE is. 💖💗❤️

I can’t believe this is real life, but
YA GIRL IS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 🎉 to study Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and eventually become a THERAPIST 😭🤓 I know I haven’t been as active on here lately as I was filling out applications and waiting nervously to hear back,
but I’m BACK and I’m not going ANYWHERE my little beans!
And as I start school, I’ll be sharing more posts about PSYCHOLOGY and COPING SKILLS and NEUROPSYCHOLOGY!
As I learn, so will you.
I cannot wait to start on this new journey of my life, and I am so so so grateful to each and every one of you who’ve helped me get here.
YOU made me realize what I want to do with my life.
Why I am here.
What my purpose is.
YOU are the reason I get up every morning and do this work.
So thank you, so very much.
I love you all. 💗❤️💖.
#mentalhealth #recovery #therapy #therapist

You will come back 🌊

YESSSSSS @bodyposipanda TELL EM 🙌🏼😭💗🔥
Repost: @bodyposipanda.

Apparently Khloe Kardashian, one of the most followed celebrities on social media thought it was a good idea to write an article titled '5 Hacks to Look Thin AF in Your Pics'. According to Khloe looking 'thin AF' shows people that you have a 'sick bod' and gets 'your Insta comments to blow the f*ck up'. Nothing like teaching millions of your young fans that being as thin as possible will make you more beautiful AND more popular!

So in response, here are my 5 Hacks to Not Giving AF About Looking Thin in Your Pics!

1. Remember that we've all been sold the idea that thinness = happiness by multi-billion dollar corporations that first taught us to see our bodies as 'flawed' 100 years ago, and after realising they could make a shit tonne of money from it, never stopped. Say diet cultureeeee on 3!
2. Remind yourself that your body doesn't exist for the viewing pleasure of other people, since you're not an inanimate object up for display, you're a living, breathing, mutli-dimensional human being and how your body looks is the least important thing about you. *Flash!* 3. Realise that most of the 'thin AF' pictures you compare yourself to have been Photoshopped to hell and back and aren't attainable for any living human anyway! Smiiiiileeeee!

4. Always wear whatever the fuck you want and pose however the fuck you want and angle your camera however the fuck you want. Fuck flattering.

5. Stop following people who promote fatphobic nonsense and make you believe that looking 'thin AF' is something you need to aspire to. Seriously.

Thanks for the tips Khloe, but I've had enough diet culture already for a lifetime, so you can keep them. I'll be over here looking chubby AF and being 100% cool with that. Byeeeeee. 💜💙💚🌈🌞

Shoutout to the women who make you feel like the best version of yourself.
Shoutout to the women who help you be a better person.
Shoutout to the women who know you can fucking DO this.
Shoutout to the women who are there for you when shit gets real.
Shoutout to the women who check in on you.
Shoutout to the women who don’t let anything get in the way of staying true to themselves.
Shoutout to the women who know it’s okay to struggle.
Shoutout to the women in our lives, our friends and sisters and mentors and loves of our lives.
Happy #internationalwomensday 👭👭👭👭👭👭

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