“Gaining weight won’t make you miserable.
Fear of gaining weight, however, will.”
The ana/mia community disguises itself as a support community. It does not support recovery, but instead supports eating disorders. Not only do they glorify a mental illness, they’re full of body-shaming and promote self-hatred/self-harm. It’s an incredibly dangerous side of Tumblr.
And “stuffing themselves with disgusting food” is exactly the sort of statement you would expect to hear in those communities—as if eating (a necessary part of living/health) were the problem. It isn’t.
Since you said that I’m assuming you probably suffer an eating disorder yourself. I’m very sorry about that. When you feel ready to seek help, the (completely confidential) Eating Disorder Helpline number is 1-800-931-2237. They’re available from 9AM-9PM, Monday-Thursday and 9AM-5PM on Fridays (EST). The Anorexia Nervosa and Associate Disorders’ hotline is 1-630- 577-1330. I’ve also attached a list of resources and some international hotlines here.
One of our good friends happens to be from Florianópolis, Brazil. She recently gave us a bottle of azeite de dendê – palm oil – to use in the test kitchen. So what the heck is this stuff and why does it look like hot sauce?
Dendê oil is derived from the pulp of the African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) fruit, an important distinction as palm kernel oil, oil extracted from the seed of the same fruit, and coconut oil processed from the kernel of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) are also widely consumed.
As a vegetable fat, dendê oil contains no cholesterol yet is highly saturated (41%); however, palm kernel oil (81%) and coconut oil (86%) have nearly double the amount of saturated fat. Dendê oil owes its brilliant red hue to the fruit’s high carotene (the same pigment that gives tomatoes, watermelons and carrots their color) content.
Like the recently trendy and more available coconut oil, data regarding the health effects of consuming dendê oil are mixed though it can generally be agreed upon that its use is preferred over trans fats. We’ll leave it at that. It should be noted, however that many harvesting practices have a negative impact on the environment, especially in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia where its demand has led to dramatic deforestation.
In Brazilian kitchens, dendê oil is valued for its color, high smoke point and rich nutty flavor with notes of earthiness. In the Brazilian state of Bahia where cuisine is highly influenced by the West African roots of its population, dendê oil is ubiquitous. The combination of dendê oil, coconut milk, fresh chili and cilantro is at the heart of signature Bahian dishes like moqueca de peixe (fish stew) and the Afro-Brazilian bobó de camarão, a sort of shrimp étouffée based on the West African dish ipetê.
While these days pretty much anything can be found online, dendê oil can also be found at groceries carrying Brazilian or West African products.
“If I had to describe an eating disorder, I would resemble it to a drug addiction. Now, imagine a drug addict trying to quit in a society that’s advertising new drugs while promising amazing highs all over the internet, on YouTube, Facebook, in TV, on the bus passing you right as you’re battling yourself whether to get your fix or go straight home. A society in which you can barely have a conversation without drugs being mentioned; how many you did yesterday, how amazing it felt, which drugs you want to try next. Surrounded by the mentality that it’s embarrassing, weird, lazy, even a sin not to do drugs.
So, if you know someone who’s suffering from an eating disorder please restrain from bringing up topics like what diet your mom’s trying, how much you run, body image, what you eat or should eat, how you haven’t been hungry these last few days. Because what you’re doing is increasing the already life consuming, constant urges. Even if you aren’t asking if your friend wants to go for a run or even if the sufferer is the one bringing up these topics, you’re supporting the eating disordered thoughts, it’s triggering. Because we want to get our fix so badly and any excuse to get it, any tiny suggestion that getting high is fine, makes the fight ten times harder. It may be okay for you, but we’ve grown out of control and although I think society has as well, us suffering from an eating disorder needs the exact opposite of what society is yelling and pushing down everyone’s throat.”