Feeling down? Insecure? Lonely? 

here are some of my favorite resources that help cheer me up when I need it the most

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Personal Spotify playlist

From Lizzo, Demi Lovato, Beyonce, and Jessie J to Andra Day and P!nk - these songs help me feel more comfortable in my skin when I am insecure

Music is therapeutic. Science supports this. Listening to positive, empowering songs can help release "feel good chemicals" in your brain (neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine) when your mood needs an extra boost. 

Tip: blasting these songs on a device with a strong bass hits the spot.  

My favorite nutritional science - related YouTube videos

Watching science explained YouTube videos helps me make recovery-oriented decisions everyday. When the voice in my mind is trying to tell me that changing my appearance will bring me happiness, I remind myself - scientifically - why dieting and overexercising is not the (sustainable) answer. I also just love Natacha Oceane, Stephanie Buttermore, and Abbey Sharp's vibrant personalities and they bring some joy to my day when I am struggling. 

My favorite anti-diet books

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Reading books on the biological, psychological, and sociocultural impacts of our food decisions has been a game changer in my recovery, and has kept me on track. In learning about the science behind eating disorders, diet culture, food choices, and mental health, I have cultivated self-awareness to make health-conscious decisions. I have gained an appreciation for health psychology research on combating diet culture rhetoric, and am proud to be helping Dr. A Janet Tomiyama conduct research in her UCLA lab (who worked with Traci Mann, author of "Secrets from the Eating Lab"). I think it's so cool to see a professor I know cited so often in these books!