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Thank You, Savor Good!

Savor Good recently featured our co-founder Lynn Chen!

She realized her eating disorder was at its worst and that she wanted to be at peace with her body, especially as she wanted at the time to someday have children. “I was like a zombie during those years. It had taken over pretty much everything.” She decided in 2009 to take a year off from acting and founded The Actor’s Diet blog with holistic health counselor and fellow actor Christy Meyers.

“My mission was to stop labeling, to stop being on a diet. I wanted each day to be manageable and not for it to be an unbelievable burden. I used the blog as an experimental ground. I ended up finding out in that year that I was fine with myself when I was 30 pounds heavier and fine with myself when I was at my skinniest. It really helped me learn how to deal with that ugly rejection piece and needing validation from others, which I think I still struggle with. Anyone struggles with needing to be told you’re ok. It didn’t disappear but it helped me to find my own voice and trust myself.” The blog – run solely by Chen since 2010 – has evolved from her daily food journal into a forum that highlights her restaurant reviews, places of interest, travel, fashion and beauty tips, recipes, daily life, and life on set.

During her process of coming to terms with her eating disorders, she became an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, worked with the National Organization of Women, and co-founded the body image blog Thick Dumpling Skin featured in Marie Claire magazine. Rituals such as always having candy and tea after she eats and being aware of how certain foods make her feel has contributed to her recovery. She has learned to become open-minded and empathetic. “What I mean by open-mindedness is a willingness to see beyond the boxes that society puts on us and that we put on ourselves. I always try to give others the benefit of the doubt even if they’re not treating me nicely.”

Read the full article here.

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"The World’s Ugliest Woman" Has Her Cake and Eats It Too



Have you ever wished you could eat anything you want and not gain weight?  I definitely did - I wrote an entire comic about it.  I thought of it as a superpower, not knowing it’s a rare, genetic ailment that actually exists. 

Lizzie Velasquez has this syndrome - only one of three people born with it - and has never weighed more than 64 pounds.  She found a viral video of herself online calling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman” and has responded by becoming a motivational speaker and author.

In this TED Talk, it becomes abundantly clear how beautiful Lizzie really is. We could all learn a lot about the power of choice and inner strength from her.  

- Lynn

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