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Switching to Natural: Skincare by Rose & Abbott!

Hello Beauties!

Happy Hump Day! Truth be told, this feels more like a Monday to me than a Wednesday, but yay for the week being almost half over?!

Here’s a quick update on a new product I have decided to try! As I’m working on switching out my beauty routine products and skin care products, I opted to go for a company that makes personalized moisturizer. Yes, you read that right, they make moisturizer specific for your skin. The brand is called Rose & Abbott. As far as I can tell, they use natural ingredients and avoid toxic chemicals in their moisturizer.

I do like that they have a skin care quiz you go through before check out. The only thing I didn’t like about the quiz is that you can pick just two skin concerns. For someone who has combination skin, easily breaks out (thanks hormone imbalances…), and have uneven skin tone, I had to pick the two things that were the “biggest” concerns for my face. I picked large pores and uneven skin tone. I should receive my new moisturizer in a few days, I hope. I am going out of town in a week, and would love to get it before I leave!

In terms of how long a bottle lasts, their bottles are 1 oz in size and according to their FAQ section, using the cream morning and evening, 1 bottle should last 30 days. Sooo, if you only use it as day cream, it should last two months. There are 6 different scent options (the first being no scent) to pick from, as well as whether you want the scent to be Light – Medium – Strong. No scent, Roses, Bergamot & Lime, Plum, Neroli Flowers, and Unicorn. I picked Roses for mine.

I just got the ingredient list for my personalized moisturizer, and there is one ingredient that is not entirely preferable, but compared to the rest of the ingredients I’m not terribly upset about it. I am double checking to see what the “Rose Fragrance” consists of. I believe it’s essential oils, but I know that “fragrance” can really mean anything. (edited to add: just heard back from Rose & Abbott, all scents are created with only essential oils! yay! this makes me happy!)

Ingredients for Maeve’s Personalized Rose & Abbott Moisturizer

Water (Aqua); Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Coconut Alkanes; Coco-Caprylate/Caprate; Olive Oil Glycereth-8 Esters; Dicaprylyl Carbonate; Glycerin; Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer; Sodium Hyaluronate; Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Propanediol; Silica; Aminopropyl Kojyl Phosphate; Pureoxin; Burnet (Poterium officinale) Roots; Seaweed (Ascophyllum Nodosum) Extract; Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract; Licorice Root Extract (Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate); Water Lily Extract; Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Cassia) Bark Extract; Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) Root Extract; Great Burnet (Sanguisorba Officinalis) Root Extract; Rose Fragrance; Disodium EDTA; Caprylyl Glycol; Chlorphenesin; Phenoxyethanol (<– this is the ingredient I’m not too thrilled about)

I’m excited about getting my new cream, especially since my current moisturizer is just about empty! I think this link will work, but try this link for an extra 10% off!

If I don’t like this moisturizer, I will be trying Christina Moss Naturals Organic and Natural facial cream. The Rose & Abbott moisturizer is roughly the same price as the Christina Moss Naturals cream – the price being $26-29 for Rose & Abbott and $26 for Christina Moss Naturals. The reviews on the Christina Moss Naturals cream say that because you don’t need a lot of the cream it lasts for several months with a shelf life of over 6 months. I really like the ingredient list for the Christian Moss Naturals cream, but we’ll see! I am super intrigued with the whole personalized moisturizer that Rose & Abbott offers!

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Switching to Natural: All Natural Dry Shampoo!

Hello Beauties!

As I’m making the shift to using more natural products, I’m researching all of the products I typically use on a daily/weekly basis. One such product is dry shampoo. Now, with curly hair, dry shampoo can either significantly increase the life of my curls, or it kills them instantly and instead of second day hair, it’s back to the shower. I have tried many brands but never really really liked any specific one. When I made the switch from long waist length hair to a short jawline brushing a-line bob, dry shampoo became something I paid more attention to. BUT! I stumbled upon several articles talking about the ill-effects of dry shampoo when used consistently. I’d rather wash my hair every day (not necessarily a good thing with curly hair) than coat my hair with dry shampoos that aren’t working or making things any better.

So I went looking for an alternative. Just something to help bring volume back to my curls after a night of smashing them flat. I found this pin on Pinterest and followed one of the links through to Amazon.

Go check out Well + Good’s article about Natural Beauty Swaps for Drugstore Prices

I browsed around Amazon and checked out the Acure dry shampoo. I was intrigued by the idea that it wasn’t an aerosol dry shampoo. I discovered that Acure has one for brunette hair as well as for all hair. Because hi, brunette here, I’d rather not have white-ish powder showing up on my roots! However, as I looked around, I stumbled upon the dry shampoo I ultimately ended up purchasing – Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo Wanderlust For Sexy Brunettes by Handmade Heroes. There is one for blondes as well as brunettes!

The ingredient list is what made me decide to get this instead of the Acure dry shampoo.

Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo (brunette dry shampoo) Ingredients –

  • Rice Powder
  • Kaolin Clay
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Charcoal
  • Rose Geranium Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Peppermint Oil

And that’s it!

I was a bit nervous about using a literal powder on my roots, but I liked that there wasn’t any extra dry shampoo residue floating in the air like when using an aerosol spray. It does take a little bit to get used to as the bottle needs to be squeezed to get any to come out. I think you could just shake it into your roots, but I’m not sure. I have used it twice so far and really like the refreshed and slightly tingly scalp feeling from the peppermint and eucalyptus oils! Besides, it’s a tiny little bottle with a large amount of powder inside! Easy to pack for travel and as far as I can tell, it does not stain clothes if it drops on your shoulders.

Let me know if you try it?

Have an awesome rest of your Monday!!

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Foody Stuff

Favorite Keto Recipes

Hello Beauties!!

It is quite a contrast today from yesterday’s dismal weather. The sun is out and there isn’t a cloud in the bright blue sky. I feel…mostly okay today. Mostly okay usually meaning that that chronic fatigue continues to undermine everything I do about my day to day life. Oh, and big shout out to all of the new followers!! Thank you for subscribing and following along with my adventures here!

I was surprised to get so many new followers and likes on my post about Keto. Because of that, I want to take a little bit of space here in this post to talk about my favorite Keto recipes and go to’s for snacks and quick meals. Before I jump in, here’s the link to my Keto pinterest board!

Quick note about my Pinterest board – I have over 200 pins in that particular board, and some of them are not strictly Keto, some are just saved information that has been relevant to my food-thing.

Okay, first recipe! Due to no longer having a gallbladder, I find greasy foods difficult for my body to process at times. This means bacon first and foremost. Oddly enough eggs by themselves have been really messing with my stomach lately. A lot of articles about Keto rave about how you can eat bacon and eggs for breakfast! But, since I can’t eat bacon and eggs, and breakfast is hard on my body to start with, I had to come up with a different plan of attack for breakfasts. These breakfast sandwiches are very simple and consist of making Fat Head dough. I’ve actually started modifying them so have small pockets of cut up breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, and shredded cheese inside instead of just a sausage patty. Head over to How To This and That for the original recipe!

Keto Breakfast Bicuits

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • pinch salt & pepper
  • 2 ounces colby jack cheese, thin cubes (or your choice of cheese)
  • 6 breakfast sausage patties, pre-cooked

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400.

In a microwave safe bowl, add cream cheese and mozzarella. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time until cream cheese is very soft and mozzarella starts to melt. Mix well!  And by mix well I mean, stir stir stir!  You want this really combined. (Maeve’s Note: seriously, stir until your arm is about to fall off. You want the mozzarella and cream cheese combined really really well. You can also mix the almond flavor into the unmelted cheese before it goes into the microwave)

In a small separate bowl, combine beaten egg and almond flour.  Add cheese mixture and mix well, again, REALLY well.

Dough may be sticky, this is ok. Dust it with additional almond flour and form into a ball. Place on plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.

Cut into sections to form 6  3″ balls, depending on the size of the sausage.

Flatten dough balls, place sausage on the dough, then cheese and wrap dough around.

Put the stuffed dough into a greased muffin tin. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and set. Top with more mozzarella if desired.

Make more to have all week!  These freeze really well.  Remove from the freezer and microwave for about 1 minute. Instant breakfast.

 

And there you have it! I make 6-8 at a time and freeze them for easy breakfasts or even for other meals when I don’t feel like cooking anything. Something to keep in mind is the Fat Head dough is quite versatile. I actually used a slightly modified version of the dough the other night to make blueberry and cream cheese turnovers. I put a little bit of real sugar into the dough and some pumpkin pie seasoning. They turned out to be the best combination of slightly savory and just the right amount of sweetness!

One of the only two things I don’t care for with the Keto food-thing (my substitute for the word d i e t) is the use of artificial and sugar free sweeteners. I found this recipe calculator and it has been extremely useful for being able to see just how much real sugar I can use in a recipe and still stay low carb. Because let’s be honest, ‘kay?? Everyone has a bit of sweet tooth at times, so what’s the big deal with giving yourself a treat and letting yourself eat the things that taste good? The second thing I don’t like about Keto is the lack of variety when it comes to fruits. That’s the one area that I fudge a lot because I crave fresh fruits especially as the weather turns warmer.

Another recipe I am using a lot is a modified version of this Broccoli and Chicken casserole.

It reminds me of Chicken Divan and I actually found an organic mayonnaise that was mixed with curry and it tastes just like the sauce for Chicken Divan! This is the epitome of my favorite comfort foods. Got visit The Harvest Skillet for the original recipe!

Cheddar Broccoli Chicken

Ingredients 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and oil a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Begin by making cauliflower rice. Chop half of a head of cauliflower into florets and place them in a blender or food processor. Process until pieces resemble grains of rice. Place cauliflower rice into a large bowl.
  3. Chop broccoli into florets and add to bowl.
  4. Mix in garlic powder, melted butter, 1 cup cheese, sour cream, cooked chicken, salt and pepper and mix to combine.
  5. Place ingredients from bowl into baking dish and top with remaining cup of cheese.
  6. Bake covered for 25 minutes, or until broccoli is tender. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is crispy enough for your liking.
I typically just eat the broccoli and chicken with melted cheddar cheese, but adding the cauliflower rice is a tasty addition! Speaking of cauliflower, I made these Three Ingredient Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks the other night and they were so delicious! Visit Posh in Progress for original recipe! I modified it by ricing my own cauliflower and then cooking the riced cauliflower in the microwave for 5 minutes before squeezing out all of the moisture from it before making the “dough.”

Well those are the three recipes I’ve been doing on repeating lately. Oh, another recipe that we’ve actually been eating a lot of consistently are almond meal baked chicken wings. Phil’s been making those almost every weekend and they are so yummy! With the almond meal instead of flour, the wings have an almost corn meal kind of texture.

Enjoy!

 

 

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NYX Total Control Drop Foundation – Review and Compare

Hello Beauties!

Today is a day for leggings and fuzzy socks as it’s rainy here in Colorado. I can’t say I mind the rain, we definitely need it. But with such a dismally gray and overcast day, what better time is there to play with makeup! That and I want to take a break from the more serious topics I’ve been writing about lately.

I grabbed one of NYX’s Total Control Drop Foundation last night and was actually pleasantly surprised to see that it closely resembles one of my favorite foundations – The Ordinary Serum Foundation from The Abnormal Beauty Company. I discovered The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation a few years ago and it’s my go to whenever I want to switch from my daily BB cream. It’s runny, I wasn’t expecting the Serum Foundation to be so liquid-y, but somehow when it is blended in, the foundation has a velvety soft powdery finish. It is buildable and blends very well, especially when using a damp beauty sponge. My only complaint about the Serum Foundation is that does not cover dry spots very well. In other words, if you already have a dry spot on your face, this foundation will only make is drier. That complaint aside, I really like the liquid nature of the foundation and how powdery it is when it dries.

Another thing I like about The Ordinary’s foundations is the selection of shades. It is disappointing there are only 3 darker shades though. The foundation does give you options for different undertones, which is what I like. I technically have almost neutral undertones, but I tend towards cooler tones than warm. I have the 1.1 P Fair with Pink Undertones foundation. It matches my skin tone very well.

When I saw the new NYX drop foundation coming out, I wasn’t all that interested. It runs at about $13.99 (The Ordinary foundation is about $11 shipped) so I wasn’t planning on getting any. But I found some on a Target clearance rack last night and since I am almost out of my Ordinary foundation, I grabbed it. I am actually glad I did!

As NYX Total Control drop foundation is a liquid-y foundation, you don’t need much. It is actually silkier than The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation, and dries even smoother. I would definitely recommend using a primer under either foundation, but with the NYX foundation, I don’t feel like it dries out my skin as much as the Ordinary’s foundation.

 

The NYX foundation on the box looks like it has yellowish undertones. But when I opened it and looked at the shade, it is almost identical to The Ordinary’s foundation. I grabbed the shade 05 Light. Usually I’m the lightest shade in a foundation line, but was surprised to find that 05 is well, the 5th shade in the Total Control line. The NYX website says that it is Light with Neutral undertones, but I would call them more pink than neutral. I am really liking this foundation and I think it will replace The Ordinary! I used my usual primer (Wet n’ Wild primer) under the NYX foundation and then applied the foundation with a damp beauty sponge. It blended very smoothly, and even went over some tiny dry spots I have very well. The NYX foundation is a touch smoother than the Ordinary foundation and I feel like it is easier to build up than the Ordinary as well. Another big difference is the top of both bottles. The Ordinary foundation has a pump top and the NYX is an actual dropper top. The NYX foundation is only 0.43 fl oz versus the Ordinary’s 1 fl oz. I’m curious to see how long the NYX foundation will last for me. I maybe only wear actual foundation 2-3 times a month, otherwise I use my Skin79 BB cream daily.

 

So long story short, I am quite pleased with NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. I think it would work for combination skin, dry skin, and oily skin. I would HIGHLY recommended using a primer under this foundation, as I would with any foundation. A primer just gives the foundation something to grip on to and it helps keep your skin moisturized.

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Keto, AIP, Weight Loss, and the “D” word

** Content Note! – if you have in the past wrestled, or are currently wrestling, with an eating disorder or anything along those lines, please read the following post carefully? I’m aware these are sensitive and rough topics to work through. I will not be linking to different things I’ll be talking about, because I don’t recommend those things, nor do I want to give a certain company any more business.

 

Hello Beauties!

I’m sitting here in a slightly darkened house, trying to keep it cool in here while the temps get up close to 80 degrees today. And the windows are closed because there are a few nasty fires down in Arizona and we’re getting some of the smoke.

Anyway, I’ve been wrestling with something for the past week and felt the need to write it out. About two months ago I switched how I was eating to following a fairly strict ketogenic food plan. I did this after my surgery at the beginning of March because how I was eating before was just not working. I strongly suspect Endometriosis to be on my bowels, and that is what is causing my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms. BUT, since my [mostly competent] doctor didn’t look around when she was taking out my ovary, I am not willing to go through another surgery right now to get things looked at. Thus, I turned to how I am eating to see if I could manage the symptoms of my IBS better and maybe, just maybe, get to a place where I could at the very least, like food again.

Enter Keto. I did a lot of research on diets that affect or can help manage endometriosis symptoms, IBS symptoms, as well as hypothyroidism. An AIP (autoimmune  protocol) “diet” is highly recommended for managing inflammation, but something about that irks me and I’ve had difficulty convincing myself to strictly follow AIP with my eating habits. I stumbled upon several medical studies talking about using Keto to treat and manage IBS. Ironically, how I am modifying my Keto intake is very close to an AIP diet. Which is good to know and makes sense why Keto can help inflammation.

Here’s a little bit of information about Keto – it’s HIGH fat LOW carb. With counting my macros, my calories should be about 1700, Fat 145 grams, Carbs 22 grams, and protein about 65 grams. 22 grams of carbs seems really low, but when you take out all grains and just about all sugar, it’s very doable. I thought it would be really hard to cut out grains, as I’ve sort of clung to gluten free pasta and rice as needed additions to a lot of meals. However because I had been having an increasingly uncomfortable reaction to even gluten free flours, cutting out all grains was easier than I thought it would be. Which is quite the opposite of what happened when I was told to go gluten free – I cried as I thought it would be sooooo hard to cut gluten out of my life. The thing that made it easier to do so was realizing that gluten really did make me very sick. I thought maybe if I give it a year then I can go back to eating those gluten-y comfort foods. But nope. I tried to eat gluten and it made me feel like my stomach was being shredded from the inside out. Due to this discovery, it is very easy for me to avoid gluten.

Being in pain of some sort 24/7, 365, has given me a very low tolerance for anything that causes me pain that can be avoided. I had a feeling that if I were to cut all grains out that I wouldn’t be able to add them back in. Especially with how I felt eating prior to surgery. I was willing to change how I was eating to see if it would help me feel even just a little bit better. After a month and a half of eating Keto, I tried to add plain cooked rice back in and whoa boy, my stomach felt similarly to how it feels if I eat gluten – absolutely shredded. For now, I’m going back to avoiding all grains.

Alright, here’s what I really wanted to talk about.

I hate the word “Diet.” I hate the connotations that surround that word, and the misuse it’s been through. I believe in honoring the body and feeding the body with the foods it needs and giving room to be whatever it needs to be. I have seen so many MLM consultants raving about certain “diets” and about how you could lose so much weight. I have watched people flock to the wraps, the dieting powders, the exercise programs – and I admit, they’ve appealed to me. I’ve wrestled with gaining and losing and maintaining my weight and having a positive body image of my own body for a very long time. Better understanding of how skewed my hormones are and have been for a very long time has given me more grace for my body. Not being able to lose weight now makes sense, as does gaining a lot when I was really sick. BUT! That doesn’t remove my desire to have a quick fix. My desires started shifting a year and a half ago when food turned fully into an enemy. I went from limiting how much I ate and feeling sad every time I did allow myself to eat a big meal to pretty much saying “f*ck eating, everything is making me sick!” To be honest, neither perspective is a healthy way to approach food. The first was something I was doing to myself, the second view point is what was being done to me. It felt like my body was turning against me – again. Even though I felt so helpless with my body, I instinctively knew it wouldn’t matter if I put myself on a diet, diets don’t work. At least they don’t work long term. So what was the point of dieting anyway?

Dealing with chronic illnesses took away any energy I may have had to stay active. Dealing with chronic illnesses took away any drive I had for “managing my weight.” On the okay days, it was merely a success to have gotten three meals in during the day. But I wasn’t happy. I didn’t feel good about my body, and I felt like I was barely maintaining a grip on where I was at that point in time. I love following Instagramers like BodyPosiPanda, and I love her take on loving your body and eating what you want and being comfortable with who you are. But I struggle with accepting that for myself. I, at least now, cannot eat whatever I want. I am up against significant food intolerance issues now. The other side of that is I struggle to wrap my mind around “eat whatever you want.” Clothes and how they feel and fit are deeply important to me. If I gained weight and my clothes didn’t fit comfortably, that would be more devastating to me than gaining weight. It would feel like I was wasting money on finding clothes that felt comfortable on, only to have them not fit in a few months. So how does that work? I sincerely ask. How do you maintain a good body image and yet stay practical with clothes? (just something I’ve given a lot of thought to in the past year…)

It was difficult to not getting sucked into the whole “Keto for weightloss!!” trend. I remember Keto being really big a few years ago and how it was the new trendy diet. I hesitated to tell anyone I was starting to follow Keto with my food. I felt like there was this huge unspoken thing when it comes to Keto – I’m just doing it for weight loss. I would be lying though if I said I wasn’t partially following Keto for weight loss. But it is also so much more for me. I am glad Keto is helping me at least lose some fat. But I am also glad it feels like my body isn’t struggling as hard, and I am feeling so much more satisfied and comfortable with food. I’m not reacting as much after meals, and that in and of itself is the biggest advantage of eating Keto. But every other article or recipe I read about Keto gives warnings about how you may lose a lot of weight but you will gain it all back if you switch back to how you were eating before! Which sure, I get. It’s a very different way of eating and it’s the complete opposite of almost every other diet. And that’s why after a month and a half of doing Keto, and seriously craving fresh fruit that wasn’t “allowed” on Keto, I went looking for something else. I doubted how long term Keto could be for me. And I was losing sight of the real reason I switched to Keto to begin with.

I stumbled upon and tried something for a week called IIFYM (If it Fits Your Macros). Talk about conflicting information – IIFYM is the complete opposite of Keto – HIGH carbs LOW fat. Even though Keto was making me feel better, I don’t think I really had realized just how much of a difference it was making in my body. I started researching more information and one article would say that high carbs and low fat is how you should diet. Another article would say no, it’s just the caloric intake that matters! Yet another would say that if you really wanted to lose weight, high fat and low carbs is the way to go. The deeper into the articles I went, the more I lost sight of why I had actually started Keto in the first place. Body image insecurities and doubts that I wasn’t doing things the right way starting creeping in. At the end of the week of following IIFYM protocols, I felt worse than I had at the beginning of the week. I felt so conflicted about what was best for my body (read: best for losing weight). I felt no desire to step on the scale and it felt like my body was getting really inflamed. And inflamed = water weight, bloating, achy joints, and swollen crampy abdomen for me.

When I sat down with my therapist on Saturday, I laid all my conflicted feelings out in the open. I began to see how my desire to find a way of eating that would make me feel better had turned in to how can I lose the most weight. I was scared of trying something and the end result being having gained a bunch of weight. I can accept where my body is at right now, but deep down, I still don’t feel like I am enough, or that my body is thin enough. I realized that in trying to follow IIFYM, I was close to getting obsessed with my weight and counting my macros. I knew this was not healthy and if anything, my body was starting to feel sick again. I tried to put aside all desires and confliction I felt about losing weight and compared Keto and IIFYM side by side. I needed to get back to the root reason for why I decided to start Keto in the first place. As I sat there and took stock of how my body felt and what my body was asking for, I saw that it didn’t matter what “diet” I followed, as long as my body felt comfortable and [almost] healthy. With Keto specifically, I felt fuller and more satisfied by my meals. I wasn’t having a food reaction after everything I ate or drank. When I was hungry, I was really hungry, not just oh I guess I could eat hungry. Can we take a moment to process that? I have not felt hungry hungry in a very long time. This was huge. My body hadn’t felt as inflamed and even though the amount of fresh foods “allowed” with Keto wasn’t very much, I realized I had no issues adding in a higher fruit sugar food if that’s what my body needed.

Then I came across an article about AIP and the foods recommended and I realized that how I’m eating with Keto is very very close to an AIP diet. This gave me the reassurance that my original decision to follow Keto was the right one. If I lose weight following Keto, then that’s great! But that is not my goal with Keto. I know that I need structure, even if it’s just a little bit, to feel comfortable in my day to day life. So having a title to give what and how I’m eating helps. I am counting my macros with Keto, but it is only to make sure I am actually getting enough fats and calories and eating the right amount of carbs. I know by following the macros set for my body I feel the best. Once I feel like I have a routine again, I won’t track as much. But again, for me, it’s giving myself the structure I need. I know this does not work for everyone, and those who struggle with getting obsessed with their weight and tracking things, this could be very harmful. If structure helps you, then track or follow a specific “diet.” But if structure leads you down an unhealthy path, avoid it!

My therapist asked me what my body was asking for. If I was take away all diet protocols, or “allowed” foods, what was left? What did my body say it wanted? This was a helpful way of looking at things. It gave me the space to give my body the space to tell me what it needed. And I know if I’m not listening to my body, then I’m going to end up in the weeds, feeling very sick.

I have a lot more thoughts about dieting and weight and body image that I’ll share in another post. Thank you for making it to the end of this long post!