Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What’s Your Normal?

If you’re being emotionally, verbally, physically or sexually abused by your partner, you’ll likely have difficulty becoming a “normal” eater because of what you accept as “normal” in your domestic life. Several points about such misperceived normalcy were made in Time magazine (9/22/14) after the release of the video of NFL player Ray Rice beating […]

Use Inspirational Quotes as Recovery Tools

“Don’t let anyone steal your dream. It’s your dream, not theirs.” – Dan Zadra Sometimes you feel lost or stuck in your recovery work. Your eating disorder spreads a heavy mist over your feelings, your thoughts and your daily activities.  Your usual “go to” places and people that bring you support seem unavailable or unappealing. […]

How Long Does It Take to Form A Habit?

When you’re trying to learn new behavior, how long do you give yourself? Do you expect to become habituated after a few tries or do you believe it’ll take such a long time that you give up in despair before you even start? Here’s what one scientific study has to say about habit formation. Most […]

Untangling the eating disorder web

I reflect back to when I was younger and I remember talking with my friends, laughing over music, movies, actors we had crushes on and I remember how much of my childhood was focused on friendships and having fun. I now think about times today and it baffles me how much the focus and conversations […]

Duh and Re-duh

It’s very common as you’re learning new behaviors to make the same “errors” around food repeatedly. It doesn’t mean you’re stupid. It simply takes a good deal of practice for the brain to rewire. Not being hard on yourself in the process will help you learn faster. I call this repetition of learning experiences duh […]

How to love your body. No Seriously!!

I see many different lists of how to love your body and improve body image. These lists are often filled with beautiful affirmations and postivity however for many people struggling with negative body image or deep insecurities with their body, affirmations are not enough. I created a simple list of ways to start to challenge […]

Don’t Tell Yourself You Don’t Care Around Food

Do you know the three words you never want to say to yourself when you’re faced with eating decisions? “I don’t care.” Say them and you know what food- and body-abusing road you’re heading down. The fact is, you do care. You care, you care, you care! Not long ago, I was privy to observing […]

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: A Call To ACTION!

Many people do not know that there is such a thing as National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  On February 23-March 1 is NEDA week. This week is important for many reasons, yet is rarely acknowledged in our culture. Eating disorders are commonly looked down upon, and I feel a big reason is because they are misunderstood. […]

#NEDAwareness 2014 — Eating Disorders Programs for Schools!

This time of year is Eating Disorders Awareness and Love Your Body month!  More than 100 nonprofits come together to raise awareness about eating disorders and healthy body image.  The last week of February is NEDA’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week (#NEDAwareness) and many schools and universities seek content that is safe and effective for […]

Finding the Artist within: Art Therapy and Eating Disorders

Art Therapy has been a powerful and effective coping skill that the eating disorder community has embraced for decades. Art therapy helps and challenges a person to create and to reflect on the process of the art making experience and the art work they create. This process is powerful especially for someone who is suffering […]

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