Tasting Truth (THE ED PROJECT)

tastingtruth:

It’s been five years since what I saw in the mirror no longer became a reflection of my actual body, but rather of how my mind decided to distort it. Am I alone? Most certainly not. But for the longest time it sure as hell felt like it. In fact, I felt like despite all the statistics of people my age being diagnosed with eating disorders being shoved in my face, they were all numbers to me, none if it felt real. My road to recovery always felt like such a walk of shame because I had no one to be able to relate to, it felt like my anorexia made me an outsider regardless of how hard I was trying to get back on track with being healthy.

This is what drove me to create this project: To provide people with real stories of eating disorders, to provide them with help from people who’ve gone through the same thing by reading about their experiences, and to give people a chance to speak about this topic from any aspect they want to. Medical websites filled with “the psychology and sciences” of eating disorders and their recovery are all too common, people need real experiences of recovery to know what to expect and to understand that yes, it really is worth it.

“Tasting Truth” needs your submissions, and here is what you can do to help:

Tell me your story, or share your opinions on this topic through your personal experience.

Here are some of the main topics of this project:

1. Full ED stories/Personal recovery experiences

2. Opinions on doctors and psychiatrists who treat ED patients

3. Misconceptions about eating disorders

4. How society sees this issue, and how it is being portrayed

5. How people in your personal life see eating disorders

6. Impacts it has left in your life

7. What is a full recovery?

Of course, it’s not limited to just the above.

I’ve also created a questionnaire-type document with some more main topics of this project. You may choose to fill out the questionnaire like answering interview questions, but it’s not necessary. It’s just there as an option for those who prefer it or would like to use it as inspiration and for ideas.

Any form of submission such as pictures, illustrations, comics, essays, old journal entries, poetry, etc. are all welcome! Your submission can include one of the topics of discussion mentioned, some of them, or something else entirely that relates to this topic. If you think it’s something you would want to share and become a part of your story or if you think it contributes to the project in any form, then include it in your submission! You can submit under a pseudonym if you’d like, through either tumblr HERE or email: paige.yuti@gmail.com

Message me if you have any further questions or any ideas that you have but are unsure of. Also, if you’d like to help me run this project and have a lot of ideas for it then please let me know too!

All appropriate submissions will be collected and posted onto this blog.  

Thanks for helping out! 

Im recovering from bulumia and I have been doing good but this boy at shool keeps making comments about my weight at first he said your so skinny and now he keeps saying you have gotten so fat and its really triggering :(what must I say to him?

@the-earth-laughs-in-flowers9

Ugh I am so so so sorry you have to deal with a jerk like that! First off, don’t listen to boys they don’t know shit.

Kindly tell him to keep his immature, ignorant, body-shaming, comments to himself because you have better things to do than listen to a grade A loser like him. Just tell him once, be stern, don’t act like his comments are giving him any power over you. Hold your head up high!

If he doesn’t stop tell a teacher or guidance counsellor. He has no right to comment on your body, it’s disrespectful and inappropriate. No one should go through school feeling as though they are being body policed!

Just know that school is a battle, it’s horrible and you will meet some real assholes but once it’s over you never have to see any of them again and you can move on to bigger and better things. I guarantee you are 1000x better than some pimply school boy commenting on girls bodies to make him feel big and powerful.

Good luck, Hannah xxx  

COMPLIMENTS THAT AREN’T ABOUT PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

1) You’re empowering.
2) I like your voice.
3) You’re strong.
4) I think your ideas/beliefs matter.
5) I’m so happy you exist.
6) More people should be listening to what you have to say.
7) You’re a very warm hearted person.
8) It’s nice seeing such kindness.
9) You’re very down to earth.
10) You have a beautiful soul.
11) You inspire me to become a better person.
12) Our conversations bring me a lot of joy.
13) It’s good to see someone care so much.
14) You’re so understanding.
15) You matter a lot to me.
16) You’re important even if you don’t think so.
17) You’re intelligent.
18) Your passion is contagious.
19) Your confidence is refreshing.
20) You restore my faith in humanity.
21) You’re great at being creative.
22) You’re so talented at ____.
23) I don’t get tired of you the way I get tired of other people.
24) You have great taste in ___.
25) I’m happy I stayed alive long enough to meet you.
26) I wish more people were like you.
27) You’re so good at loving people.

3:29 p.m. feel free to add to this!  (via expresswithsilence)

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chanel-pale:

fakinq-glory:

whorchacha:

fakinq-glory:

today was my last day in my creative writing class and my teacher gave everybody a piece of paper to write down a contract and to put it in our wallets. she said she did the same thing when she was younger and every now and then she’d brush by it and remember that she wanted to write. everybody took time to write out what they wanted and I just sat at the back of the class, sitting on the windowsill and I knew there was only one thing to write but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. at the end of the class after everybody left, I went to thank her for the year, and she told me that people should be reading my words for a long time, but they won’t be able to do that if I’m not around to write them. I showed her the blank piece of paper, and she said it was okay not to write anything, and then I wrote this. I learned the power of words in that class, I learned it was okay to vomit up half a dozen notebooks stained with blood and exploded pens because it means you have something to say.

steph you’re all over my dash

literally posted this 2.5 seconds ago wow

this is so amazing

chanel-pale:

fakinq-glory:

whorchacha:

fakinq-glory:

today was my last day in my creative writing class and my teacher gave everybody a piece of paper to write down a contract and to put it in our wallets. she said she did the same thing when she was younger and every now and then she’d brush by it and remember that she wanted to write. everybody took time to write out what they wanted and I just sat at the back of the class, sitting on the windowsill and I knew there was only one thing to write but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. at the end of the class after everybody left, I went to thank her for the year, and she told me that people should be reading my words for a long time, but they won’t be able to do that if I’m not around to write them. I showed her the blank piece of paper, and she said it was okay not to write anything, and then I wrote this. I learned the power of words in that class, I learned it was okay to vomit up half a dozen notebooks stained with blood and exploded pens because it means you have something to say.

steph you’re all over my dash

literally posted this 2.5 seconds ago wow

this is so amazing

Yay for recovery!!!!! Hope you're doing great!

@a-history-of-weedcraft

Thank you! I’m always taking it day by day but I can say I’m out of the worst of it and living life as best as I can xx

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Margaret Cho for Miss Representation (x)

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I'm not trying to argue, but saying "it's okay to be imperfect" doesn't make us believe it. Eating disorders are complex, serious, mental health issues, and telling us to stop or getting our blogs terminated do not help us. Maybe instead of reporting us, you could try to understand what we go through, and try to help us, because getting our blog deleted doesn't really help.

@Anonymous

If you even bothered to read anything about my blog you’d know that I have suffered from an eating disorder since I was 15. I’m now 21. It’s been hell.

This blog does not exist to shame people nor is it out here to attack sufferers not in recovery etc. it exists to offer some help with recovery and staying positive.  The term “it’s okay to be imperfect” is not meant to be taken in a face value kind of way, and by no means is it a cure for this horrific, soul-destroying illness!! But it’s about accepting your flaws and fighting your inner perfectionist. 

I’m also only about reporting blogs that exist to solely promote thinspiration, weight loss and negativity. I too want to protect sufferers who use tumblr and other blog platforms as a diary and emotional outlet as much as possible! 

So, yeah, read the entirety of my blog before you attack it. I feel insulted you think I’d make a recovery blog without having gone through this devasting process, of course eating disorders are complex and serious!! They are the number 1 cause of death in mental health. I take eating disorders very seriously and although deleting blogs and positive messages can’t cure an eating disorder I do believe my blog and other blogs like it can offer a safe, positive community for sufferers wishing to recover. 

ana-terminator:

Pro-anorexia content violates Tumblr’s Community Guidelines.
Send an email to abuse@tumblr.com to report a blog.
Or, submit URLs to me and I will handle it for you.
Fight pro-anorexia. Be an #anaTERMINATOR

ana-terminator:

Pro-anorexia content violates Tumblr’s Community Guidelines.

Send an email to abuse@tumblr.com to report a blog.

Or, submit URLs to me and I will handle it for you.

Fight pro-anorexia. Be an #anaTERMINATOR

I need help, I need someone to talk to. Do you know anywhere, any website I can try? Please?

@Anonymous

http://blog.justaskinnyboy.com/hotlines Here is a list of helplines for various countries I hope they are useful!

Or alternatively use http://www.befrienders.org/ if you are feeling lost and suicidal, they can help you locate a helpline close to home. 

I hope you stay safe, look after yourself, if there’s anything more you need please message me. I can answer privately or anon, I’m happy to help you if you need anything. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH <3 i NEED your blog, it helps me to get a lot more self-confidence. i struggle with an eating disorder since 1 year, and i start to realize that i don't want to identify myself with it. i don't want my self-confidence to depend on how skinny (or not) i am- and your blog gave me a push into the right direction :) <3 thank you so much..

@Anonymous

I am so glad :) It’s really nice to hear you’re in a better place! Good luck with everything, I’m happy this blog is helping you! I haven’t updated the blog in a while because I am so busy these days with juggling university and recovery. But I try to when I can <3 stay strong lovely, H xxxx

beccarediscoversbecca:

Fucking love this

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