Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!
If you have any questions leave them in the comment section as i am much quicker at answering there, otherwise you can always send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Answer - social media, body promotion and products
I mean this in as constructive way as I can and not to attack you. I repeat! Not attacking you, just questioning a thought. Don't you think promoting things like spray tans and BCAAs are very much similar to what that australian social media model was doing and getting paid for wearing their clothes sent as freebies to her but recently she quit all of that and exposed social media's emphasis on the perfect body and completely deleted her social media accounts (you published a post on her not too long ago.) Because True Transparency is essentially body focused. It promotes a "better" body for building muscle which it's product aids. The spray tan also puts emphasis on body promotion. How is that any different than what that girl was doing before she realized that none of that matters? Because the way you're posing and advertising a spray tan shows that you very much do think these things matter and are worth showing to the world and it's so very much body orientated. What if your blog didn't just focus on looking good and feeling good and promoting eating disorder recovery? What if you started exploring alternative wonderful things in this world that matters?
I'm answering your comment in a post because I think it's a really good point and maybe others have similar thoughts. Like ive written before i accept constructive criticism and your feedback, whether it's positive or negative. You're allowed to disagree with me and have different opinions. It's just when someone writes "you are wrong. You are the worst person. I hate you and hate your blog" (I have comments similar to this XD then it's hard to take it in a constructive way!)
But like I wrote yesterday (wrote the post before I had seen your comment) the companies I have sponsorships with or accept to get products from them. They are products I use and would write about or photo anyway. I mean it's not like I get free chocolate or Ben and jerrys but that won't stop me from writing about them and posting about them. So when it comes to true transparency, proteinbolaget and nutrinick. I love those products and I actually don't have to write about them on my blog or show pictures. All the sponsorships come from my instagram and it's there I agree to post pictures. What I post on my blog is because I want to post it. I've had 2 posts throughout my 5 years which have been "business" posts. But otherwise the products shown are because I want to.
When it comes to the spraytan, I was asked if I wanted to be a spraytan model, most likely because the way I look. The agreement was that I post a photo on instagram where I show my tan and tag the company that did the spraytan. And I thought that is ok because i have never done a spraytan before but even if I did pay for it I would have done the same thing. .. tagged the company, put pictures on my blog. I would have done that anyway.
I want to make it clear that the social media I use is because I ENJOY it. There is very little products received and I don't use social media to try to sell stuff or to get stuff. (If this is the only reason someone wants a big blog or Instagram, then i think you'll end up feeling stressed with social media) I use social media to help people. Which is what my blog is about. It is about helping people recover, it is aimed at recovery and help and then a bit about my own life. But this is not a lifestyle blog and so with "exploring other things" I guess I could write about other things but there is so much in my life to write about. And I choose to not write all my thoughts or write about environment or human rights etc
I think if someone uses social media and they end up having a social media identitiy where everything has to be perfect. The body pictures have to be perfect and they spend hours on photos and editing and they are constantly doing secret advertisment, THEN i think social media will affect you more negatively. It wont be an enjoyment, you will just want more and more followers and likes. You want your statistics to go up all the time and put your worth in your views, likes and followers and you just want free stuff all the time. But for me, i know i do something good with my social media. I know that help others but also i enjoy blogging and other social media, it does not stress me. I have removed accounts which stress me or would make me feel bad, because i dont need that in my life. I dont need to follow people who evoke negativity inside of me. But also i try to show my personality and be as honest as i can on here. Of course it is only a part of me shown online, but i want my personality and who i am to shine through anyway. I dont want to pretend i have a perfect life or a perfect body, because i dont. But i have a life and i have a body and those things are good enough.
When i write about products or show pictures it is also important to know that i write about them because i have USED them. Not because i am trying to sell them or want you to run out and do a spray tan or run out and buy 5 packs of BCAA. My main focus is promoting health, recovery and happiness and that is essentially what this blog is about. Helping others and at times, helping myself. This isnt a lifestyle blog so i dont write about everything i do or everything i think, but just things that are srt of within the theme of what i blog about :)
I want to be honest on my blog and you can ALWAYS comment and ask me about something or if you have feedback. You can always comment and say if you don't want me to post about certain things or more about others. Just let me know, because if I don't know what you want to see or don't see then I cant change anything.