Sunday, July 5, 2015

More on Trauma and Eating Disorders

July 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Eating Disorders, Recovery

We have long known that a correlation between trauma and eating disorders exists, and now the picture is becoming clearer and clearer according to “The Power of Treating Eating Disorders and Trauma Simultaneously” by Megan Ross, Director of Program Development and Trauma Awareness at Timberline Knolls Treatment Center (Eating Disorder Hope’s March 2015 Professional Newsletter). […]

What If You Were Friends with Ingrid Nilsen or Caitlyn Jenner?

This week I’m so inspired by Ingrid Nilsen. She shared a video about her coming out journey that is really sweet and beautiful. Nilsen courageously wore her heart on her sleeve talking about the inner struggle she experienced. When a friend or family member shares their inner being, let’s be there for them. How can […]

Diabulimia: Learning More about your Teen and their Type-1 Diabetes Diagnosis

Graciously reposted from www.LauraCipulloLLC.com Diabulimia is an unofficial term, used by both the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, to define a serious condition effecting, but not limited to, adolescent girls diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. An adolescent diagnosed with diabulimia (known formally as ED-DMT1) is characterized by the intentional misuse and […]

4 Tips to Feeding Your Inner Self with Self Care

In order to survive and create balance, start connecting with your true self. In a world of external focus where a scale determines your worth and your salary defines your success, you need to turn inward to find wellness and well-being. In order to survive and create balance, start connecting with your inner core — […]

Does Comfort Food Really Provide Comfort?

May 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Mindfulness, Recovery

If “comfort” food didn’t really bring you comfort, would you be as likely to eat it or eat as much of it? We’ve come to believe that foods which are high in fat and sugar boost our mood by activating the brain’s reward system. But what if that’s not actually the case? According to recent […]

National Giving Day — Please Help Us Win Matching Grants on May 5th!

May 4, 2015 by  
Filed under Advocacy, Body Image, Featured, Self Esteem

YES! You can help Mental Fitness bring primary prevention programs to schools nationwide. Our national nonprofit qualifies to have donations matched from up to TWO pools of matching funds — MAY 5TH  ONLY! Be a part of the paradigm shift toward resiliency by donating today. Join the movement of resiliency and mental fitness in school aged […]

Are Scare Tactics Causing More Harm Than Good?

How to live in a processed world and make right choices. Do scare tactics work? I know the new documentary Fed Up declares that scare tactics have worked for decreasing tobacco sales. Personally, I worry that scare tactics will actually contribute to more fat shaming, diet shaming and finger pointing. I was really surprised that […]

How To Build Mental Fitness in Schools

After working in schools across the nation the last 8 years to bring evidence-based mental fitness prevention programs to educators and kids, I thought I’d share some key strategies for ways to build mental fitness in youth. With one in five children currently struggling from mental illness* and with more than 38 million Americans struggling […]

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.MomDishesItOut.com   Just like the series of books by Laura Numeroff , if you give a kid a cupcake, there’s more meaning in that one cupcake than just the fact of being a cupcake! In our “Something More Than Fish” blog post, we discussed a similar concept. Today, however, we’re using […]

Childhood Anorexia and P.A.N.D.A.S. – A Missing Link?

New evidence suggests some cases of childhood anorexia nervosa may be caused by a treatable syndrome called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). When I started researching PANDAS I came upon hundreds of stories of healing. Some were heartbreaking to read and learn what the children and families went through. But most end with […]

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