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  Body Positivity, Eating Disorders, Fatshion, Feminism, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Personal

Fatshion: Little Black Dress

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Hi friends! How are you all doing this week? My life changed big time in the last few weeks but I’ll tell you more about that in a bit. I wore this outfit to the Claremont Zine Fest and then afterwards, to dinner with my dear femme friend Jo (who took these photos). The zine fest was a lot of fun. I really enjoy “smaller” zine fests because they feel more communal and you get more of a chance to connect with the people buying your zines. I sold a lot, saw some  ...

  Awareness, Body Positivity, Eating Disorders, Fatshion, Feminism, Mental Health, Personal

Other Places I’ve Been Lately

Hi friends! I’ve been all over the internet lately! But before I tell you about that, I wanted to thank my friend, Ava Alamshah for the photo above. She’s taken photos of me for my blog before but this is one of my favorite photos of myself ever – it captures my style perfectly and showcases my femme sexuality as I touched up my lipstick. I’m crushin’ on myself here! Be sure to check out the rest of her photos – she’s an amazing photographer. In other news, I recently wrote up a piece for Stigma Fighters about my history of bulimia  ...

  Awareness, Eating Disorders, Feminism, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Personal

This Is What Three Years of Recovery Looks Like

November 2011 was a dark time for me. My dad had just died few months earlier and I had relapsed with my bulimia after being behavior-free for about ten months. I was lost, flailing around trying to find some way to soothe the insurmountable pain I was dealing with. Three years ago today, I got a huge wake-up call that changed my life instantly in so many ways. Want to read about it? I didn’t know it then but that night put me firmly on a course for true recovery. Three years ago today. My journey hasn’t been perfect. There were many self-destructive behaviors that were not  ...

  Awareness, Eating Disorders, Feminism, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Other, Personal, Travel

The #WeAllGrow Summit : If One Grows, We All Grow

Have you heard about the #WeAllGrow Summit happening February 26-28 at the Line Hotel in Los Angeles? It’s being hosted by Latina Bloggers Connect, one of my favorite blogging collectives and some of my favorite people are on the staff, like Xenia from RaisedbyCulture.com. The theme of the summit is “If One Grows, We All Grow” and I relate so much to that! Let me tell you why. When I started Skinned Knees in 2011, I was new to my recovery from bulimia. In fact, I barely had my foot in the door with my recovery. I was in my second hospitalized recovery program and while I  ...

  Body Positivity, Eating Disorders, Feminism, Lifestyle, Personal

Love Letter to my Chicana Grandmother

The first time I can remember feeling warm and safe as a child was being in my grandma’s kitchen. Eye-level with her pull-out cutting board near the stove, I intently watched her soft wrinkled brown hands methodically roll and knead the dough that would soon become tortillas. I heard my dad talking to two of my uncles behind me as they sat around the kitchen table with the oilcloth tablecloth and the brown leather chairs with brass accent buttons and brass rollers. A few feet away, I could hear the news on the tiny black and white television my grandma always kept on. When I got a  ...

  Awareness, Body Positivity, Eating Disorders, Feminism, Lifestyle, Personal

Love Your Body Day

Today is National Love Your Body Day 2012. I think most of us can agree that we’re all about loving our bodies, right? Or at least, the idea sounds really nice. But what does it mean to really love your body? For me, it’s complicated, just like any love is. The love is not some fluffy, shiny, happy love, or at least not all the time. The love is not objectifying, classifying, or dehumanizing. The love is not always healthy and it’s not always positive, but it’s still love. Loving my body means that I do my best to accept the way it looks, moves, feels, and  ...

  Awareness, Eating Disorders, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Personal

Mental Health and Gratitude

Some days, the status of my mental health is precarious to say the least. Sometimes, those days turn into weeks or months. Like most human beings, my emotions are not always consistent. Like most people with mental health issues, my life is sometimes drastically affected by the mess that is going on in my brain. I am diagnosed with chronic depression by multiple doctors over the span of many years. I learned how to recognize the depressive undercurrent that is present in my life and supposedly how to deal with it when it rises up to consume me. Many times though, I find that the coping  ...

  Awareness, Eating Disorders, Lifestyle, Personal

Vegetarianism and Eating Disorders

Photo Credit: Unknown There is a study going around claiming that women with eating disorders are more likely to be vegetarian than women never having suffered from an eating disorder. I haven’t read the study – I don’t have access to it – but from the media coverage surrounding it, the study reports that 52% of the 97 women with an eating disorder at some point in their lives had also been vegetarian at some point in their lives. Only 12% of 67 women who had never had an eating disorder had become vegetarian at some point in their lives. Fine. With such a small  ...

  Awareness, Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week!

Yesterday started off 2012 NEDA National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody,” something that speaks to me personally after having spent 10 years of my life hiding my eating disorder from everyone from my family and friends to random acquaintances. Today, I am much more open about my bulimia and my recovery from it. Having a voice as a fat, Chicana, queer woman with an eating disorder is important for recognizing that eating disorders do not discriminate and can affect anyone. Everyone knows somebody, whether you realize it or  ...

  Awareness, Eating Disorders, Feminism, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Personal, Zines

She’s Not a Morning Person – a zine

I’ve been writing zines since I was about 18 years old. Coincidentally, I started blogging around the same time too over on Livejournal. While I’ve moved over to this site for regular online writing, I still put out zines every couple years or so. This is my newest one. I do hope you like it. Description: Written in November 2011, this zine chronicles my complicated relationship with my recently deceased dad. I talk about my childhood and what it was like to grow up in a chaotic, oftentimes abusive household and what it was like to grow up with an addict. There is also writing  ...