Category Archives: Body Positivity

Diet Culture in the Body Positive Community

Quick Note: I see that I have a lot more followers! Hello to all of you! Thank you for following. I haven’t been posting a whole lot because I’ve been recovering from surgery for endometriosis. Now that I’m mostly pain free I’m trying to get back into the groove of things. You can keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, and FaceBook. All of them are also RollsAndCurves.


Trigger Warning for diets, weight loss, eating disorders, and descriptions of targeted discrimination.  

Every January becomes “Weight Loss Month” on social media and in real life. Tons of people resolve to lose weight and plan to commit to a diet and exercise regimen. This all comes after the holiday season where we celebrate by eating and drinking a lot with our families, friends, and loved ones. By the time Thanksgiving comes around lots of us are already struggling with food guilt or shame about our bodies. I’ve seen many people on social media report that others question their food choices or insult the size of their bodies during holiday meals. I’ve personally experienced family members criticizing what’s on my plate despite being overweight themselves. The holidays should not be poisoned with feelings of anxiety and guilt. It should be a happy time where we can be ourselves and enjoy time with the ones we love without criticism.

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My Mental Health Story

EDIT 7/08/2017: I am removing certain parts of this post because a family member is writing a book and I don’t want it to lead back to my blog.

I started writing this on Instagram for my third entry of #selflovebootcamp, but it was soon apparent to me that it would be too long for Instagram. I also realized I’ve never really dealt with the stuff that happened in my life as a child and teenager. There was so much bad stuff that happened in such a short amount of time that I’m surprised I turned out okay in the end. I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m not looking for anything more than a place to vent and get these thoughts out because most of them are things I’ve never addressed out loud to anyone but my therapist and boyfriend.

I’m not going to hold back in my descriptions of things, so this post might be triggering for some people. I’m going to talk about self harm, eating disorders, abuse, and things of that nature. Please read with caution. This is a really fucking long post. I don’t even expect anyone to really read this.

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Life Update and My Future with TBCR

In case you weren’t aware, I’m an official ambassador of The Body Confidence Revolution founded by Leyah Shanks. I’ve only been an ambassador for the past 4 months, but I’ve undergone many changes in the way I view myself since then. My body positive journey is a story that’s been in the making since I was a kid even though I’ve only been fighting for the cause for about a year and a half. I’m going to admit right now that I’m having a lot of back and forth thinking when it comes to my confidence. Since my IUD rejected in June and had to be removed, I’ve been taking hormonal birth control pills which give me a few horrible side effects including weight gain and breast growth.

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Periods Are Normal. Let’s Talk About Them.

Let’s have some real talk about periods for a second. Yes, even the parts no one wants to talk about. I think most people with periods can agree that having one isn’t fun, and the stigma surrounding menstruation doesn’t help at all. From the second we start having periods we’re told that it’s disgusting, and some reactions from the people in our lives can make us feel like having a period is unnatural. If you don’t like graphic period and sex talk, don’t read beyond this point. You’ve been warned. Any comments about how nasty this post is won’t be approved because I’m absolutely not in the mood for it and I don’t want other people to read it and think there’s something wrong with them.

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#BodyPositiveBut

Earlier today I was browsing Twitter and kept seeing the hashtag “#BodyPositiveBut” being used in a large amount of tweets. I found out the hashtag was created by @DreddByDawn to call out the people who claim to be body positive while their actions indicate the opposite. I have mixed feelings about it because on one hand, I feel as if it’ll prevent people from engaging in the body positive movement. There’s a lot of stereotypes out there about how “hostile” and “exclusionary” our movement is, and I don’t want people to see this hashtag and think it’s shutting out other body types. Some of the tweets I saw were definitely antagonistic towards thin people. While it’s cliche to say this, two wrongs do not make a right. 

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Life Update (7/6/2016)

I feel like my last Life Update was really negative because that’s how I was feeling at the time, but it’s time for me to write another one to tell you the good and bad of what’s been going on in my life. It’s not all bad for once, although there are some bad things going on too. This is a really long update because it’s been four months since I’ve updated.

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Why I Wanted To Be a Part of The Body Confidence Revolution

If you’re reading this, it’s because I’ve been accepted as a part of The Body Confidence Revolution, founded by Leyah Shanks of IAMLEYAHSHANKS.com. I’ll try to explain my feelings the best I can because this is a movement that means a lot to me and I’m happy that I’ve been chosen as an official ambassador.

Before I really get into it, I wanted to discuss how I found out about Leyah Shanks and became interested in her work, and how I found out about TBCR. All the pictures I have below of Leyah are some of my favorite posts of hers that inspired me.

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