Good evening, Supernovas! I was hoping to get this post out last Friday, but that was wishful thinking considering that was the day my guy and I were moving into a townhome. Now that we're a little bit settled, I can commence my work.
This evening's interview is with Alyssa of Blissful Lyss, another survivor of an eating disorder. Enjoy!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Why are you majoring in psychology? What got you into healthy living? In middle school, I always thought I wanted to go into business because my dad majored in that in college and works as an insurance agent. However, my struggles with an eating disorder, body image, and depression led me to want to go into a field where I can help others struggling with the same thing. I love to talk about these issues and voice my own struggles, because I truly feel we need to raise awareness to mental illnesses as they are rapidly growing nowadays. I will never consider myself a “healthy” eater. My past with food and being incredibly fixated on health brought me nothing but sadness. I love to eat nourishing, wholesome foods and trips to whole foods, juice bars, and big acai bowls or quinoa burgers put the biggest smile on my face but so do bagels, ice cream cones, and chocolate. I think the “healthy” label puts far too much pressure on individuals to maintain that label, so I will never put it on myself. Instead, I have learned to find an identity in other things: my growing relationship with God, yoga, the relationships I have with others, and feeling like I am connected to and a part of nature.
2. Tell us all about your blog. On my blog, I talk about my life, share some yummy eats, and discuss my struggles with disordered eating and raise awareness to issues such as body image and excessively exercising. I love to write about these topics or make YouTube videos too. My blog is a great way for me to put my thoughts somewhere, and I am so thankful for it and the blogging community!
3. What made you get into blogging? I always used to read blogs when I was in high school, especially my junior and senior years when I just got out of treatment. I would follow Robyn’s from the Real Life RD and she inspired me to find more freedom in food and exercise. After everything I went through, I wanted to be able to help others and show them that there is a light to difficult times in life. This all encouraged me to make the jump to start my own blog!
4. I see you struggled with an eating disorder. Tell readers a little bit about that. My struggle with anorexia was one of the hardest things I went through in life. My eating disorder developed when I was around 13. I will never forget learning about calories in health class that year and being forced to record what we ate and how many calories we consumed that day. Being a gymnast, the pressures to look a certain way took a toll on my self-esteem. I never thought a quest to eat healthier would lead to a full-blown eating disorder, but no one thinks that when they first make that decision to shred a few pounds. I struggled with orthorexic tendencies, exercise addiction, laxative abuse, and restriction. Residential treatment saved my life, and I was also in other treatment programs after that. I am thankful for these struggles in life, because without them, I really wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.
5. Tell readers your interest in mental health. On top of an eating disorder, I also struggled with depression and anxiety. I feel like the eating disorder and these battles with mental health all went hand in hand. When I was 16, I had several bouts of suicidal thoughts. I have had challenges with anxiety and panic attacks, and I want to be able to help people enduring these difficulties in life too. I believe that many are quietly struggling, but I want to instill in people that hope that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel with all these struggles.
6. What else would you like readers to know about you? Hmmm… some other things about me- I love music: Florence and the Machine, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Of Monsters and Men, Hozier, and George Ezra are some of my favorites. Some of my favorite foods include nut butter, ice cream, sweet potatoes, avocados, and cereal. I love coffee, nature walks, my dog named Daisy, my family, and friends. I go to a small college in Massachusetts and will be a sophomore this fall. I love deep talks with people too! And I am always down to have a good laugh :)
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