Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Eating Disorder Recovery

Invisible. Fat. Ugly. Whale. Worthless. Chunky. Not good enough. Attention Seeker. Outcast. Stupid.

Let's stop and reflect and take a moment to let all those words sink in. Read them again. How do they make you feel? If you were to be called any of those words, what would your response be to them? Would they make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Would you feel more positive about yourself? Do those words make you want to continue to happily go about your day?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, there is something wrong......

Eating Disorders. Uh oh, there is a topic our society feels that it is not okay to talk about. People with eating disorders are crazy right? Those kind of people are just dying for attention. Wow, look at that girl, she is a stick and thinks she is obese, what is her problem? I would totally kill for a body like hers.

Eating disorders are rapidly growing among adolescents and young adults in society today. They are more common among girls, but the amount of guys dealing with them are also beginning to increase more. Psh who do they think they are, right?

To define eating disorder, google puts it as the psychological disorders that can be characterized by abnormal eating habits. Uh oh... that also puts eating disorders under another topic we can talk in our world.. mental health problemss.. ahhh red flag.

Negativity is always assciated with the topic of eating disorders. But as someone who has recovered, or is still recovering. I do not think everyone actually understands what it can be like to live with an eating disorder:
YOU NEVER FEEL LIKE YOU ARE WORTH IT OR GOOD ENOUGH. This is a common problem with those who are dealing with eating disorders. You tend to constantly bring yourself down because you feed off negative energy from those aaround you. You feel broken, hurt, used,and like no one cares about you. You require attention or love that you have never been able to receive because you have lacked it for so long. You want to feel loved but you have been trained by either parents, friends, or peers, that you can never be and now it is just ingrained into your mind.
YOU WOULD BE PRETTIER IF YOU WERE TINIER: Having an eating disorder typically tends to be a persons way of feeling that they have control over their life. Often people may have problems at home, work, or school, and feel like their life is beginning to spiral out of control, so in order to grab onto some part of making sure they can have control of their life they dictate their eating habits.

PERSONAL STORY: Personally, I dealt with Anorexia Nervosa throughout my four years of high school. I was constantly depressed and no longer felt like I was accepted right at school. I struggled with fitting in at home, and extra curriculars as well.I felt like my life had no meaning and I was being a Zombie. I slowly went through the day not speaking, not living, just existing. I wanted to have control over my life and I wanted people to think I was beautiful and worth it. I did not decide to make this change the best way however. I began to cut calories. And by cutting calories I do not mean just a snack here and there. I really cut them. 500 calories a day max. try not to even reach that. In my mindset I thought I could be happy by being skinny and I would do anything to make sure I could at least make that happen. Skip breakfast, skip lunch, little snack, skip dinner. Dont eat, be strong. Thats the mindset I had. Thats how many people who deal with eating disorders feel.

This issue needs to quit having so many stereotypes around it,.. and needs to quit being shoved under the rug. It needs to be talked about. People need to feel happy and loved. They need our help to show them they are wanted. THEY ARE ENOUGH.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

We enjoy you a latte

When people start getting to know me, they can usually describe me in about two words: COFFEE ADDICT. I find that one of the most perfect ways to relax and just enjoy yourself, is with one or perhaps even a group of friends, and being surrounded by all different kinds of different sugary drinks or pastries, I have went to various coffee shops over the years, but I have never found one that I enjoy more than Muggswigz, a small coffee shop located in downtown Canton, Ohio.

Muggswigz has been in business for over ten years. It is owned an operated by Alex Haas. Alex originally grew up in downtown Canton, Ohio, close to where the shop is now located. He developed a passion for the coffee and tea world partially during his college career where he studied chemistry and psychology, and continued to broaden his coffee and tea infatuation as he traveled throughout India, and parts of Europe. After his artistic, cultural, and practical understanding for the tea and coffee business was achieved, he decided to move back to Canton and open up a shop to share his love with the rest of Ohio. After opening up in downtown Canton, his business has had the opportunity to expand else ware, allowing him to open up in more locations and add new types of recipes to his menus. 

SOOO..... what does this joint actually have to drink? There are so many different items that this rad place has to offer. You can quench your thirst with a pot of one of their teas (I'm pretty sure they have like twenty of them: Blueberry?Banana?Orange?Mint?), you can enjoy one of their delicious smoothies if you are looking to keep your fizek in check, or you can choose from many of their specialty drinks such as: Fuzzywig, Vanilla Cloud, Living La Vida Mocha.... Still not sure if you are impressed? you could also make your own customized beverage. You name it? they do it. If you also enjoy food like I do, you can also choose to indulge in one of their delicious sweet treats. HINT: YOU NEED TO TRY ONE OF THEIR CINNAMON ROLLS YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!!!!! 

During the past two years I have lived in Canton, I have completely lost track of how many times I have found myself walking through Muggswigz's doors. A dear friend of mine, and I, are regulars at this little shop and can always be found there during our weekly visits at a specific day and time, Going to Muggswigz each week to chat, play games, meet new strangers who have very interesting different tastes in coffee, and interact with a staff that feels more like family than any family I have ever been a part of, makes life a whole lot, or should I say a whole cup, of bliss.


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