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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 7h ago

Before I get into my date with a very suave Australian gentleman, I have just a couple brief announcements.

First: Thank you so much for all your support on Monday’s article, “My Body, My Choice.” I was overwhelmed by your positive feedback – in fact, it got over 130 shares!

Not everyone was pleased with it though…Facebook banned my prolife article AGAIN, for the THIRD TIME. I’m telling you – if you don’t believe they have an agenda, it’s time to wake up. They’re censoring anything that goes against their far left, liberal narrative and it. is. terrifying.

And in my research, I actually came across a sobering campaign that the left is pushing now…it was trending on the news -and promoted by Facebook- : “I had an abortion” t-shirts. They’re wanting to normalize, sanitize and put in our faces the most tragic event in our world today.

Well I have a response. I created “I am Prolife.” shirts, that you can get through this link. It’s time we make our voices heard too. And take a stand for the babies.

So I’d invite you to join me in that.

Secondly (and lastly) – I’m really excited about this week’s video! I will be uploading it tomorrow morning to Patreon, and the questions you sent in for this week that I will answer in the video are:
1) How do you stay so positive and keep your trust in God when things seem impossible?
2) What is my daily routine?
3) How long have I been a believer?
4) What are my thoughts on binge eating in recovery?

So thank you to everyone who sent in a question! If you’d like to submit a question, feel free to leave a comment, DM me on Instagram, or shoot me an email!

OK – NOW ONTO THE POST!

So last week, I was out to dinner with this tall, handsome drink of water from Australia.

As you know, I’m finally ready to open my heart to love, and so I’ve been doing a lot of dating. A lot of dating. And honestly, I’m having a blast.

So this looker from Down Under — he’s a top-knotch guy, and this was our fourth date. So the conversation was no longer about hometowns and hobbies, but rather…deeper topics. Territory that is no longer surface level gobbledee gook.

Well, we were at this adorable little wine bar in the Village with twinkle lights and exposed brick. And we were two glasses of rosè deep.

And all of a sudden I hear, “So why do you think we’re here?”

I nearly spit out my wine, not expecting something *this* deep to come up. But, despite being so caught off guard, I think I was able to eloquently express myself without having the proper time to really formulate my thoughts on such an important topic.

I think I said something along the lines of, Using what we have been given or what we’ve gone through to help others. And then I ultimately settled on…”Being a mom.”

Which, looking back now — could have sent him running for the hills, but since then he’s already scheduled two more dates with me, so apparently my answer didn’t terrify him that much.

But we talked about how we want to leave the world a better place for future generations, and that we live on through our children, so we have a responsibility to be a “good person.” And I think for many, that is how they would answer that question.

But over the next couple days, that conversation really stayed with me: Why are we here?

Because, frankly…being a “good person” just wasn’t cuttin’ it.

It’s such a captivating question, that, believer or not — and perhaps, especially if not — can haunt our minds. And I don’t believe that’s by accident — I believe that longing to know our purpose on earth is placed in our hearts by the Father, as a way to seek Him out. Or at the very least, to question if there is something greater than ourselves at work.

Because if the only reason we’re here on this earth is to make money, make a name for ourselves, chase the pleasures of this world, get married, maybe have kids, and then hopefully live long enough into our 80s to feel as though we’ve “seen enough” — then really, what is the point? If that’s all there is, then, yikes…what a bleak and depressing future.

Why are we here?

Why are we here?

I think in order to answer this question, we have to determine what “here” means, in the grand scheme of things.

Put another way: here…in relation to…what? Here — living on Planet Earth, instead of buried in the ground, not existing anymore?

Or, here — living on earth, instead of living in Heaven for eternity.

I think what we believe about what’s after “here” plays a big role in how we answer that question of, “Why are we here?“

And as someone who believes in life after here – in Heaven,- then I actually do have a solid answer.

If we are here on Earth, just passing through, temporarily before Heaven, then we are to use our time for a very specific purpose: yes, to honor and love God, but ultimately…to do His will.

I think that when we look at our lives, and the gifts and talents He’s bestowed upon us — when we look at the passions He’s placed in our hearts, the experiences and trials He’s allowed us to endure — when we look at the resources He’s given us access to — I think we can start to patch together an idea of His purpose and will for our lives.

Which I think can really create meaning and clarity as to why we’ve had to go through suffering or grief, or pain.

None of those difficult seasons were ever in vain — they all can be used to shape our hearts and the way we see the world. Those trials give us a unique perspective that can be used for the glory and will of God — which is to ultimately help others, and introduce them to Christ.

Matthew 28:19 – Go and make disciples of all nations.

As children of God, we have a responsibility to bring others to Him — whether that’s by actually sharing the Good News, or raising a Jesus-loving family, or simply by being a light to the world through your actions.

But at the end of the day, we’re not here for ourselves. We’re here for Him.

And the incredible thing about that, is that, when we live for Him, He brings us to a fullness of life that no pleasure-seeking existence could ever achieve. Because He loves us, and wants the absolute best for His children.

So who’da thunk that a casual Thursday night date with an Aussie would have brought about so much deep reflection.

I know that I’m just a small guppie in this big fish tank of life, and I’d love to know what you think the answer to that question is: Why are we..

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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 2d ago

Hello friends! Wow, first of all, thank you for your wonderful response to Monday’s post, “My Body, My Choice!”

I was absolutely blown away by your support! – The post got over 130 shares on Facebook!! So THANK YOU!


Tonight’s dish is a whimsical little number I like to call, my Beet and Pesto Napoleon! There’s just something about beets — they bring out the Dr. Seuss in me!

Well, these weren’t purple beets – although I do love that dramatic hue. No – these were golden beets, a delicacy that I just love! All the benefits and sam great taste as a “regular” purple beet, minus the stained cutting board and purple stained hands!

So I thought it would be fun to create a napoleon out of beets! And I layered it full of a beautiful green pea pesto!

And, it’s gluten free, vegan, Paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!

Here’s what you need: (serves 1, makes 2 napoleons) — obviously, this recipe would be very simple to double

1 golden beet, sliced in 1/2-inch rounds

Filling:
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
1 garlic clove, chopped (don’t double if you’re doubling the recipe)
juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup of fresh basil
1 Tbsp EVOO
salt and pepper

Tools:
Food Processor
Baking sheet
Olive oil mister
Tinfoil (I use nonstick and it’s a game changer)
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub and dry your beets. (No need to peel, just scrub. Besides, that’s where a lot of the nutrients are — in the skin!) Place the beet rounds on a tinfoil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet. Spritz them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping half-way through.

Meanwhile, place the filling ingredients in the food processor, and process until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides several times.

To assemble, place about 2 Tbsp of filling between each beet slice. Garnish with fresh chopped basil.

This dish was fabulous! I just love beets — they’re nature’s candy! They’re sweet, they’re savory, and they’re the perfect canvas for pretty much anything, but especially pesto! They’re wonderfully chewy, and yet slightly firm, and coupled with the creamy green pea pesto — it was divine!

The flavors were outrageous too. The pesto was bright and fresh from the lemon and basil, with a subtle garlic note. Paired with the sweet and earthy beets, it was just delightful!

And it was a beautiful dish — the bright yellow-orange, with the pop of electric green — she’s a looker!

Eat this as a snack, a light lunch, or pair this with a fresh filet of fish, or a hearty salad, and you’ve got the perfect springtime meal!

What’s your favorite springtime dish?

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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Here was yesterday’s video! https://youtu.be/8pmp4ZI968A

A big thank you to my foundational sponsor, BetterHelp Online Therapy. I cannot begin to express how beneficial therapy was for my recovery from anorexia.  Speak with an online therapist. Or check out content about eating disorders from BetterHelp.

MAGIC TOOTHPASTE? Yes! I am in love with this superior whitening toothpaste. It keeps my smile sparkling, without sensitivity or bleach! I made a website where you can directly order this miracle product! So if you want to give it a try, you can go ahead and grab a tube for yourself. I promise, your smile will thank you!

OH MY GOSH THE FABFITFUN SPRING BOX IS HERE!!!!!! A seasonal box of over $300 worth of health, beauty and fitness products, for only $39.99! Order yourself a box with my code SPRINGLOVE for $10 off!

Be sure to check out my affiliate, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!! 

***THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ORDERED MY BOOKSBLOOM: A JOURNAL BY BEAUTYBEYONDBONES AND “MY BLOGGING TIPS“***

STAY CONNECTED!

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And really quickly, I’ve had several questions concerning my Amazon link (amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones) — You do not need to buy one of my specific highlighted products on my page, in order for it to “credit” my account. Any purchases that you search or make from anywhere on Amazon, after first visiting my Amazon page, will credit this blog and help support this blog ministry. I am truly so grateful and appreciative to those of you wanting to do so! So thank you! Again, it is an absolutely free, and easy way for you to help keep this blog going!

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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 3d ago

In recent days here, in light of Alabama’s recent Human Life Protection Act, there seems to be a caustic energy that is sweeping the world.

Celebrities like Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Pink, Reese Witherspoon, Cynthia Nixon, Rihanna, Courteney Cox, Kylie Jenner, Emma Watson, Karlie Kloss, Hilary Duff, Gigi Hadid, Diddy, Ellen Degeneres, Ariana Grande and countless others, have joined in the outrage of our neighbors and former classmates on Facebook, shouting “Men Shouldn’t Be Making Laws About Women’s Bodies.“

They’re doxxing the people who voted in favor of the bill. And Alyssa Milano has even gone so far as to pledge a #SexStrike in protest of the prolife legislature that is “robbing” them of their “bodily autonomy.”

Well tonight, instead of joining the argument about this deeply emotional issue, I instead wanted to offer a different perspective on my own relationship with my body, as someone who has had to live with the results of my choice for the last 11 years now.

If you were to ask me, when I was in the throes of my anorexia, I would have shouted from the rooftops: “MY BODY, MY CHOICE.”

Because that’s exactly how I was living: I was choosing to destroy my body through starvation, obsessive exercise, insomnia, and other destructive manifestations of my eating disorder.

I did not want ANYONE to have any say over the way I was choosing to treat it. I wanted to destroy it as I so pleased, and there wasn’t a damn thing anyone could say or do otherwise about it.

And in fact, as an 18-year old high school senior, no one could. Because I was legally an adult.

And so even though I was clearly a danger to myself, and was wasting away to 78 pounds, my parents, legally could not force me to go to inpatient treatment. Because it was…my body, my choice.

And even though I would have never said, “I want to die,” that’s exactly what my actions — my choices — were not only communicating, but successfully manifesting.

You know what my choice got me?
Osteopenia at 18 years old.
All my hair fell out.
I never got my period, and even to this day, I still have only menstruated thrice.
My circulation, even to this day, sucks.
I suffered from edema for six years, even after recovering.
My relationships took a huge hit.
I had to drop out of college.
And I can still struggle with feeling unworthy of love.

I wish I could just go back in time, and shake that strong willed, hurting, and terrified young girl and say, “Your choices are killing you.”

I would hug her so tightly and not let go.

There’s so much I wish I could tell her. So much perspective that I would share, now — as a whole, healthy, and healed young woman — that I so desperately needed to hear back then.

Because the only way I have been able to embrace recovery, and leave those destructive behaviors behind, was to realize that — my body was not mine to destroy.

Yes, it was my body, but my choice? Not quite. My body is a gift – on loan to me by the Father. And you know what, yeah that might seem a little bit “out there.” But take it from someone who was literally knocking on death’s door — there are certain things you wake up to when you’re teetering on the edge.

When I realized and embraced that I was a child of God, and handmade by the Father, it suddenly became crystal clear that my body was a temple. It was my act of worship. The instrument through which I am to glorify and honor Him who gave me life, and saved it.

It was no longer my choice. It was my responsibility. It was my privilege. It was my beautiful vessel to honor Him with.

I think we can get so lost in our pride, our ego, our autonomy. I know I did. My body was mine to deprive nutrients. It was mine to kill with olympic caliber workouts on no sleep and no fuel. I could berate my mind and spirit with flagellating, critical thoughts, and isolate myself so that no one could tell me otherwise.

But in the end, a life of striving for autonomy led me to the brink of death, literally.

And I’m still paying the price for my choices.

As someone who lived the most radical, and most extreme manifestation of “My Body, My Choice,” I want to just leave you with one final thought.

We all have that fundamental human right over our bodies. That’s absolutely true – and as I found out – up to and including autonomous choices that lead to self-demise. For better or for worse, that is the prerogative of each and every person.

But that human right, is not actually what is coming under “attack” in these prolife legislations. Because that autonomous choice to self-destruct is our fundamental right, UNTIL it threatens the life of another person.

That’s why a person is free to drink alcohol to the point of passing out, and yet — if that same person gets behind the wheel of a car, it’s illegal. Why? Because all of a sudden, that choice threatens the life of another.

Which is exactly the case with abortion. Because those choices now involve another person. And now, it’s no longer a human right, but a civil right.

Sitting here today, I’m just so grateful that my family and loved ones were able to get through to me that my choices were not only killing me, but deeply hurting the ones I love most. And thank God it wasn’t too late.

In my recovery, I’ve vowed not only to never return to that way of life again, but that everyday, I will make the choice, to honor my body, and use it as the instrument of peace and hope God entrusted me with.

And to those saying that Men Shouldn’t Be Making Laws Against Women’s Bodies – I say, you’re right. And further, Women Shouldn’t Be Making Choices to Destroy Their Child’s Body.

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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Hey friends! I AM SO EXCITED about tonight’s post, because it’s something new, and…in the words of James Charles, “good and fresh!”

I love writing, but I also love talking and interacting with y’all — I mean, hello — reading and answering your comments is a highlight of my day!

So I thought it would be fun to answer some of the questions you asked over on Instagram in a fun little video!

And the REALLY EXCITING part, is that this is going to become a weekly installment over on Patreon!

By joining me, you’ll get access to these videos once a week, AND I’ll answer any questions you send in!

I think this is a highly valuable resource for anyone going through recovery, or who has a loved one battling an eating disorder, to be able to get first-hand information, from someone who’s been there and is on the other side.

No, I’m not a doctor, therapist, or dietician, but I am someone who has been to the depths and back again. And I think that’s really worth something. Much like my book, Bloom, these videos are something I wish I could have had access to when I was going through my disease.

But even if an eating disorder hasn’t touched your life, or a loved one’s life – these videos are a great way to just connect in a fun and more personal way, as the questions aren’t ALL recovery centered!

So comment below if there’s a question you’d like me to answer in next week’s video! And thanks to everyone who sent in questions! If I didn’t get to yours this week, I’ll answer it in an upcoming video!

This week’s questions:
1.) Do you still have bad days mentally dealing with ED, even though you’re recovered? 
2) Do I ever miss my eating disorder?
3) Have you fallen from your faith at any time? How or who helped you stay close to God?
4) Advice on having boundaries with guys. — (I love this question!)
5) How did I get to where I could run a half marathon? 

Q & A with BeautyBeyondBones! - #RealTalk about Recovery, Dating & Faith! - YouTube

Alright, that’s it for tonight! Please let me know in the comments what you thought – if this is something you’d like to see more of – what other topics you’d like covered — I’M ALL EARS!!

I hope you have an amazing day! And when you read this…I’ll be out on a date!! Eek! WISH ME LUCK!

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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Here was yesterday’s video! https://youtu.be/8pmp4ZI968A

A big thank you to my foundational sponsor, BetterHelp Online Therapy. I cannot begin to express how beneficial therapy was for my recovery from anorexia.  Speak with an online therapist. Or check out content about eating disorders from BetterHelp.

MAGIC TOOTHPASTE? Yes! I am in love with this superior whitening toothpaste. It keeps my smile sparkling, without sensitivity or bleach! I made a website where you can directly order this miracle product! So if you want to give it a try, you can go ahead and grab a tube for yourself. I promise, your smile will thank you!

OH MY GOSH THE FABFITFUN SPRING BOX IS HERE!!!!!! A seasonal box of over $300 worth of health, beauty and fitness products, for only $39.99! Order yourself a box with my code SPRINGLOVE for $10 off!

Be sure to check out my affiliate, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!! 

***THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ORDERED MY BOOKSBLOOM: A JOURNAL BY BEAUTYBEYONDBONES AND “MY BLOGGING TIPS“***

STAY CONNECTED!

@beauty.beyond.bones – Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

For Podcast versions of my posts, please check out Patreon! It’s only $2 a month!! You make this blog possible

And really quickly, I’ve had several questions concerning my Amazon link (amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones) — You do not need to buy one of my specific highlighted products on my page, in order for it to “credit” my account. Any purchases that you search or make from anywhere on Amazon, after first visiting my Amazon page, will credit this blog and help support this blog ministry. I am truly so grateful and appreciative to those of you wanting to do so! So thank you! Again, it is an absolutely free, and easy way for you to help keep this blog going!

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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 1w ago

First of all, wanted to just give a HUGE thank you for all of your support on last week’s recipe, where I shared about my Ulcerative Colitis, and how much of an impact the Specific Carb Diet has had on my health!

I got so many emails and messages of people who were going to give it a try, or who were passing the information along, and it just warmed my heart! So thank you for that

Tonight’s recipe is one of my all time FAVORITES.

I don’t know about you – but it has been raining cats and dogs ALL WEEK in New York City. Mother Nature just won’t let up! And so naturally, the LAST thing I wanted to do was to traipse through the rain to go grocery shopping. So thankfully, I used Amazon’s Prime Pantry and got all of these ingredients delivered for free, hallelujah. (And you can try it free, by clicking here.)

But do you every just crave pasta? A plate of warm, slurpy goodness that would make your inner Italian grandmother proud?

With this rain, honey, I sure did.

So I decided to make my most cozy and favorite pasta dish.

And I’m giving you TWO options for it — you can either use traditional spaghetti (gluten free or otherwise) or zoodles (spirlized zucchini) for my Specific Carbers out there

But this dish packs a nutritional PUNCH!

First of all, I love using quinoa pasta – which is gluten free and packed with protein. If you’re unaware, quinoa is a complete protein, which is music to the ears of my fellow vegans out there!

And then the sauce is ALL VEGGIES! In fact, this pasta could be called a Cruciferous Carnival — because the pasta is tossed with roasted cauliflower, and the pesto is a puree of broccoli, kale and basil! Talk about a nutrient dense meal!

And it’s Gluten Free, Vegan and Paleo, with a Specific Carb Diet twist, and is 100% delicious!

Here’s What You Need: (Serves 3-4)

1 box quinoa pasta (This is my favorite brand) (or 4 zucchinis, spiralized)
1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets and roasted

Sauce:
1 big stalk of broccoli, broken into florets and steamed
3 stalks of kale, stems removed, chopped, and steamed
1 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 big garlic cloves
1 Tbsp EVOO
sea salt
reserved pasta water

TOOLS:
Food processor (this is the one I love)
Steamer basket (or Pyrex measuring cup)
Baking sheet
Good Chef’s Knife (this is the one I use)
Tinfoil (I use non-stick and it is a game changer)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place your cauliflower florets on an olive-oil sprayed, tinfoil-lined baking sheet. Toss the florets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown, flipping halfway through.

While they’re baking, toast the pine nuts over low heat in a dry pan, until fragrant. Also – steam your broccoli and kale for about 5 minutes, until bright green and tender. Rinse under cold water, drain, and set aside to cool slightly. Then, blend it with the pesto ingredients, and about 3/4 cup of pasta water in the food processor until thick and creamy. Adjust salt to taste. Toss with the cooked pasta and roasted cauliflower. Garnish with chopped basil. YUM!

With this outrageous pasta, I served broiled halibut. I broiled this wild, ocean-caught fish for 10 minutes with 1 tsp EVOO, salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, cumin and garlic powder.

This meal was so delicious! The pasta was so unbelievably yummy! The flavor was bright and fresh from the basil! And the steamed broccoli made it so creamy and luxurious! It was hard to believe that there wasn’t any cream or butter in it because it was so rich and decadent tasting! Thank you broccoli!

And it coated the spaghetti so fabulously! Slurpy, creamy and hearty, but incredibly light! And the roasted cauliflower was nutty and superb. It provided a nice crunch too! It was almost like they were cauliflower “meatballs!”

**And the SCD version is equally as divine. Nothing beats zucchini noodles. Nothing. I suggest tossing them in a little olive oil and flash heating them in a frying pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes to warm them through.

Here’s this same recipe with ZOODLES!

Give this superfood pasta dish a try. It’s super delish!!

What’s your favorite rainy day meal??

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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Here was yesterday’s video! https://youtu.be/8pmp4ZI968A

A big thank you to my foundational sponsor, BetterHelp Online Therapy. I cannot begin to express how beneficial therapy was for my recovery from anorexia.  Speak with an online therapist. Or check out content about eating disorders from BetterHelp.

MAGIC TOOTHPASTE? Yes! I am in love with this superior whitening toothpaste. It keeps my smile sparkling, without sensitivity or bleach! I made a website where you can directly order this miracle product! So if you want to give it a try, you can go ahead and grab a tube for yourself. I promise, your smile will thank you!

OH MY GOSH THE FABFITFUN SPRING BOX IS HERE!!!!!! A seasonal box of over $300 worth of health, beauty and fitness products, for only $39.99! Order yourself a box with my code SPRINGLOVE for $10 off!

Be sure to check out my affiliate, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!! 

***THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ORDERED MY BOOKSBLOOM: A JOURNAL BY BEAUTYBEYONDBONES AND “MY BLOGGING TIPS“***

STAY CONNECTED!

@beauty.beyond.bones – Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

For Podcast versions of my posts, please check out Patreon! It’s only $2 a month!! You make this blog possible

And really quickly, I’ve had several questions concerning my Amazon link (amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones) — You do not need to buy one of my specific highlighted products on my page, in order for it to “credit” my account. Any purchases that you search or make from anywhere on Amazon, after first visiting my Amazon page, will credit this blog and help support this blog ministry. I am truly so grateful and appreciative to those of you wanting to do so! So thank you! Again, it is an absolutely free, and easy way for you to help keep this blog going!

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Well here we are, we’ve jumped off the starting block of another week.

The internet is in an absolute tail spin over the James Charles and Tati Westbrook scandal in the YouTube makeup community.

Photo: iNews

The Royal watchers are all abuzz over the arrival of Meghan and Harry’s son, Archie. While Kardashian fans are aflutter over the birth of (American royalty) Kim and Kanye’s son, via surrogate.

Photo: Getty Images

Game of Thrones is shaking the globe, quite literally. (I, however, am in the minority, and do not watch.)

And all the while, I’m just sitting here, dating my brains out, and wondering how early is too early to start a countdown for Christmas.

Please note the leopard granny robe

But in my quest for information on the James Charles drama, I happened upon an interesting coincidence…Mother’s Day, this year, fell on the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week.

And as I was reflecting yesterday, on my beautiful mother, and how grateful I am to have her in my life, I realized that the timing of these two was actually quite perfect.

Allow me to share with you, how my incredible mother, saved our relationship.

Ask anyone who has had mental illness touch their lives, and they will tell you – it is an incredibly isolating experience. You have all of this chaos and turmoil wreaking havoc on literally every aspect behind closed doors – 24/7, and outside the world is turning. You’re in this bubble of hell, and you feel completely alone.

During my anorexia, that was absolutely the case.

To say that it was a minefield-covered war zone, would be an understatement.

When there was not fighting or explosive outbursts, the tension and anxiety could be cut with a knife. You could feel the words that people were wanting desperately to say in the uneasy silence. Desperation and despair were mainstays, and literally the sight of my gaunt, skeletal frame would cause such a surge of concern that being in the same room as me was often too much to bear. They felt helpless, watching me frantically running from this to that, avoiding social situations, sneaking off to exercise, screeching out of the house in my car in rage, lying about eating, practicing food rituals, and just wasting away in every sense of the word. It was like watching a death scene in extreme slow motion, with nothing you can do about it.

I cannot imagine what that pain must have felt like for my mom, to watch me actively choose to throw away my life like that. I was choosing behaviors that were leading me on an accelerated path to death’s door.

And the harder my mom tried to get through to me, the harder and more determined I was to push her away.

This is where my mother’s immeasurable wisdom comes into play.

Hearing everything that she was going through, I think one of the things that most people would want to do, would be to vent to their friends.

For Heaven’s sake, I’d need a girlfriend to talk to about this. To have a glass of wine with and just spill everything. Cry. Pour my heart out. I’d need support from others.

But she did none of that.

She didn’t breathe a word to anyone. Didn’t put my name on any prayer requests. Didn’t bring me up at bible studies or social gatherings.

She kept it all to herself, and instead, took those deep needs for consolation and crying out — to Jesus. She would go to the adoration chapel every single night and pray for me. She’d go to confession and confide in our Priest, seeking his guidance. And that was it.

No gossiping. No divulging personal information guised as a “prayer request.” None.

And I asked her about this later, in my recovery, and she said that she knew it was not her story to tell.

And here’s the kicker that’s so SO important, as we’re starting this Mental Health Awareness Week, for any loved ones to hear:

My mom knew, that if our relationship was ever going to heal, that I had to be able to trust her. Even though I had broken every trust with her: in my anorexia, I was lying to her, manipulating her, saying horribly mean and hurtful things to her in rage, and destroying every ounce of respect — she knew that deep down, those things were the result of my disease, influencing my words and actions.

So even though I had destroyed her trust in me, she knew that when I got out of that pit of darkness and healed, I was going to need to be able to trust her. And that is why she never gossiped or talked poorly of me with anyone. She was an iron vault and kept those things in her heart. And that, is how she saved our relationship.

She was absolutely right. When I finally did recover, after a long and difficult journey, the fact that I could trust my mom at literally the most critical time in my entire life – it has been the greatest blessing of my life. And in fact, it has strengthened our relationship.

Do I regret how badly I hurt my mother during that season of my life? Yes – deeply. And I carried so much guilt around for a long time.

But by the literal grace of God, she – and my whole family – they all whole-heartedly forgave me, and were just grateful that I was better, and wanted to put it all behind us, and move forward and heal as a family. And for that I am eternally grateful.

Relationships come in all different varieties. And for better, or for worse, each situation is delicate and intricate and has its challenges and history. But I’m here to tell you, that it is never too late. It is never too late to seek forgiveness, and a second chance.

My mother is a shining example of that hope.

And this Mother’s Day and Mental Health Awareness Week, I think it’s important to remember that. Mental illness, like anorexia, can bring relationships to the absolute brink. They’re painful and mentally/emotionally/spiritually exhausting, but at the end of the day, love matters. Relationships matter. And I promise you, they’re worth fighting for.

My mom’s response to this post

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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Well, here we are — It’s Monday. It’s May. And boy, do I have a story for YOU!

Allow me to set the scene —

I think the fact that I am both a writer and an actor, gives me this really unique filter through which I see the world. Because I never just see it — but rather, I’m looking for meaning. So sometimes, things just strike me as highly compelling.

That, and I’m always looking for God’s little winks and whispers through any and all lines of communication.

But this weekend, I faced several juxtapositions that really got me thinking.

SO – now to the story!

I was one of the 10,000 people at the Alive from New York prolife rally in Times Square on Saturday!

Francesca Battistelli singing at the #AliveFromNY Event

And, if this is the first you’re learning of this event, well — that’s because ZERO of the mainstream media channels (aside from FOX) covered the event — even though it was the largest ProLife rally in Times Square ever.

Oh — wait, I stand corrected. There were two negatively slanted articles: The New York Post flippantly posted an inaccurate article citing a protest of “400 Pro-Lifers” — which is not only numerically inaccurate by about 9,600 people, but also — a) so flippant in their clearly negative “Pro-Lifer” slang, and b) it wasn’t a protest.

Photo: New York Post

Newsweek covered the “Anti-Abortion Rally” with a video of a young, beautiful abortion provider, talking about how prolife arguments are based on lies and misinformation, and that abortion is health care.

Photo: Newsweek

But I digress.

The event was so powerful. It was put on by Focus on the Family. And, contrary to Newsweek’s spin…it was a huge celebration of life, right in the heart of Times Square!

Abby Johnson, speaking!

There were speakers, and a concert by Francesca Battistelli. The phenomenal movie, Unplanned played a huge role in the event — ((and Yours Truly was actually interviewed for their promotional material! I’ll let you know when it’s live so you can see it!))

Ashley Bratcher from Unplanned

Unplanned’s star actress, Ashley Bratcher, spoke, as well as Abby Johnson — the former Planned Parenthood clinical director, and whose story Unplanned tells. And the pinnacle event was that they broadcast over a jumbotron, Abby Johnson’s 4D ultrasound of her 3rd trimester child!

4D Ultrasound broadcast live at the #AliveFromNewYork event

It was absolutely incredible.

But not everyone was thrilled about the event.

First of all, Planned Parenthood took out a huge billboard right above where the event was being held that read, “PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS HEALTH CARE” in big bold letters.

And then, when I arrived, there were cops everywhere, because swarming both sides of Times Square were hundreds of protestors, shouting profanities and grotesque remarks at the attendees of the beautiful celebration of life in the middle.

They were banging drums and shouting things that would make a sailor blush.

But the event attendees paid them no mind, and continued on in their joyful gathering.

But here’s the crazy thing — as soon as that 4D ultrasound came on the screen, and you saw Abby Johnson’s baby sucking its thumb, and you heard the whooshing of the baby’s heartbeat over the loudspeaker — Times Square was silent. No more protestor rants, no more drums. Just the beautiful sound of life, and a mother’s cooing remarks to her child in the womb, and right underneath the Planned Parenthood billboard.

But after the ultrasound — the protestors went home.

It was the wildest thing.

Maybe the prayers that were in my heart for the souls of those protestors were answered! Who knows.

But coming home that night, I was looking up coverage about the event, and not surprisingly, I was discouraged to see that it was, in essence, completely erased from history by the mainstream media.

But in my search, I did happen to come across this video, which shows Pennsylvania State Representative, Brian Sims, absolutely berating this elderly woman, simply standing outside of a Planned Parenthood in Philly, saying a rosary.

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