How I Am Learning to Trust My Body More, and Control It Less

“I’m a beautiful mess of contradiction, a chaotic display of imperfection.” ~Sai Marie Johnson

I don’t identify as having an eating disorder. I don’t struggle with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating.  Yet I exercise precise control of my weight, down to the pound. If I gain a mere two pounds, I can feel it. First in my stomach. Then in my face.

That’s when the self-loathing kicks in.

I beat myself up for gaining those two pounds.

I wear a shirt to sleep at night, instead of being naked like I am when I am two pounds lighter.

I …

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The Secret to Finding Yourself Again: How to Come Alive

“‘Finding yourself’ is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.” ~Emily McDowell

Somewhere between becoming a parent, a wife, and a career woman, I began to lose myself.

I wouldn’t say it happened all at once or as the result of any one thing. Instead, it was a gradual process of disappearing under layers and layers of masks I had to wear in order to play the role of the person others needed me to be.

The caretaker.
The rescuer.
The helper.
The teacher.
The nurturer.…

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 243

Research of the Week
How the founder’s personality predicts the start-up’s success.

The history of dingoes.

Northern Chinese have a genetic adaptation to fattier, meat-heavier diets.

Higher intakes of animal and fish protein linked to lower risk of hip fracture.

You can be over 85 and still make gains in strength and muscle mass.

New Primal Kitchen Podcasts
Primal Kitchen Podcast: So What’s Your Gut Telling You?

Primal Health Coach Radio: Dayna Hrovath
Media, Schmedia
Adderall shortage hitting students hard.
Interesting Blog Posts
The misplaced ban on incandescents.
Social Notes
Ask me anything.
Everything Else
Castaway tourism.

Mental imagery.
Things I’m Up to and Interested In
New plantar fasciitis treatment: Vibration with shockwave therapy.

Not surprised: Frequently heated oils and negative health consequences.

Interesting: The case for a simulated universe.

Fascinating: Congolese hunter gatherer men who stay up late have higher testosterone than those who go to bed earlier.

Product I’m enjoying: HELLO grass-fed strawberry jello.
Question I’m Asking
Do you think the universe is a simulation? The idea strikes me as a techie version of religion.
Recipe Corner

Yummy mummies—hot dogs wrapped in crispy potato.
Beef birria.

Time Capsule
One year ago (Oct 21 – Oct 27)

Psoriasis: Causes and Treatments—How to help it.
Reflecting on 16 Years of Mark’s Daily Apple—Has it really been so long?

Comment of the Week
“Picanha recipe – avoid!

“The picanha will likely come with a thick fat cap still on it, so use a fillet knife to trim it all off. ”

Um, no, no, and no.”

-Ha, yes. Leave the fat cap on.

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