Instagrammer Lucy Litman delights her followers with beautifully crafted, smile-inducing photographs. Whether it’s through a beautiful image of the ocean, a stunning shot of a sunset, or a joyful picture of Lucy laughing, the social media star celebrates the world around her through her playful Instagrams.
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One thing Lucy often ‘grams is food. Until now, followers have figured Lucy just likes food, but now Lucy is revealing a motivation behind these pictures.
She uses her food ‘grams to “get people thinking about colors, shapes, and textures instead of calories.” Why is this? Lucy used to struggle with eating disorders. She revealed her past struggles in the transparent caption of the photo below.
Here’s a picture of me in my favorite dress from 3 years ago. It’s a size 2 and doesn’t even come close to zipping right now.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my body image and health, after a “friend” told me that I’ve let myself go and should stop eating so much bread. I don’t really talk about this much (or ever publicly) but I struggled with an eating disorder all throughout high school and college and was in and out of different therapies and centers. I used to weigh myself 5 times a day and the number I saw would dictate my happiness and the activities I “allowed” myself to do.
This restriction on my own happiness and life ended a lot of friendships and relationships because I’d isolate myself at home so I didn’t have to be around food.
A lot of my work that I share here is inspired by this experience – food wasn’t always a happy thing for me, and for many friends and family food still isn’t fun – so I’m hoping to show a more playful side to what we eat and get people thinking about colors, shapes and textures instead of calories or how much exercise they’ll have to do to burn it off.
I’m happy to say that I now have the healthiest relationship with food I’ve ever had, but to all of you out there who are still struggling, know that you’re more than a number and that having a thigh gap is irrelevant (and physically impossible for some people’s bone structure), but most importantly that you are not alone and are loved.
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