Most of you probably know that I am now a Beautycounter consultant, but I haven't shared much about my feelings about the role and the company. Selling things generally makes me feel icky. I've said no to a million requests to enroll with different fitness, skincare, clothing companies over the years. Even when I worked in advertising in my former life, the idea that I was asking people to buy things didn't make me feel good. Having some sort of online business is all the (often obnoxious) rage . . .
I still hear girls saying they want to weigh XX pounds less and should only eat 1400 calories per day way too often. I'll hear that lifting and yoga aren't good enough workouts because they don't burn enough calories. And I think to myself, "Aren't we over this already!?" But then I remember that I am over it, but not everyone else is there yet. Years of my life were spent focusing on eating less and running more. The scale dictated my happiness each day. I turned down events with friends . . .
I'm a few months into clinical rotations and getting used to wearing real people clothes to work each day. Long time readers remember that I used to share my work outfit every day back in my former marketing life (feels like a lifetime ago!). It was nice to be able to wear workout clothes to class for a few years, but I really do enjoy putting together cute outfits! Getting dressed for work is different now for a few reasons - there are more restrictions to clothing as a med student, both . . .
Who here has a Facebook feed bombarded with Rodan & Fields, Beach Body, KEEP Collective or some other product being sold. **raises hand** They are all the rage these days!! I love seeing people so passionate about what they do and wanting others to share that same passion, but let's be honest...it can get to be a little much. Rodan & Fields One that has always tempted me, though, is Rodan & Fields. The before and afters I see are amazing!! Plus it was created by two . . .
Today over lunch our AMWA chapter (American Medical Women's Association) hosted a Q&A panel with five female physicians. It was an informal session so that we students in the audience could ask whatever was on our minds related to being a woman in medicine. The women were from varying backgrounds and specialties and ranged from their thirties into their sixties, so they provided many useful perspectives. I wish I had been a longer session because I had many more questions I could have asked, . . .
One of the most common concerns in the emails I get is about eating "junk food" during recovery. People tell me, "But that food isn't good for me!" You SHOULD eat junk food in recovery! People are very concerned with their health, to a sometimes orthorexic extent, and want to feed their body with nutrient rich foods. I get that. I lived that. There is SO much health information out there now about kale-this and super food-that, that it seems that the ONLY purpose of eating is to . . .
**Please note: this post was originally written on August 27, 2013. I've alluded in previous recovery posts to some hormonal issues I've been dealing with lately, but never specifically addressed them. I decided not to share my story until I had good news to share, and I'm thrilled to say that I now do. I got my period back naturally after my anorexia when I was 20, at a BMI of around 18. I went on birth control right after that, and stayed on some form of birth control . . .