One of the first things I learned during recovery was that I gave food too much power, but I started to realize that maybe it was that I was giving food the wrong type of power. Food does have power. It has the power to connect and sustain.Read More
We are saying goodbye to Summer Break and venturing into a new school year. This change can bring challenges and new anxiety for anyone struggling with an eating disorder. The change can also be difficult for those newly in recovery.Read More
Challenging ED with behavioral experiments, to see if what ED predicts will happen, really does happen, can be very freeing.
The concept of avoidance refers to preventing oneself from experiencing emotional discomfort by evading potentially distressing situations. In contrast, if we instead make choices based on our values or goals, we may feel uncomfortable in the short-term, but much more satisfied with our behavior in the long-term.Read More
Cultural health expectations influence the younger generations ideals about body shape, size, health, self-worth and happiness.
Recovery is probably the hardest thing we have ever done, but many of us are grateful for what our EDs have taught us, the paths they have led us to, and lives we never dreamed of having.Read More
We can educate ourselves and others around us how to look for evidence-based science and when it is being used properly. We can stop putting down our bodies/others bodies and food shaming. We can live.Read More
I know that choosing and maintaining recovery will make this year the best one yet. Thank you, recovery, for the greatest gifts I could have ever been given.Read More
You made it safer for all of us with mental health issues to speak our truth. We love you no matter where you are in your fight fight for recovery, and nothing can discount your courage or diminish our love.Read More
While it is important to have hope in recovery over the long-term (otherwise, why bother to recover?), it is also crucial to have a realistic view of the ups and downs in a non-linear recovery, to expect relapses, and to plan for them.Read More
I run to feel freedom, a sense of accomplishment, joy, and connection with my thoughts. Running allows me to mentally detox from daily stressors. Without the proper nutrition, fuel, and rest, my body will not perform at its optimum level.Read More
I decided that, at least until I was recovered, I needed to trust the medical professionals, and have them be my “eyes.”Read More
It is important to realize that a substance addiction and an eating disorder can exist side by side. This will result in a simultaneous treatment for the dual diagnosis.Read More
The summer months need to be approached with self-compassion and self-care so that it can be an enjoyable time, even for someone who might be struggling.Read More
Recovery requires repairing your relationship with food and taking time to heal your self-worth. Recovery is not about being disciplined enough, it’s about valuing ourselves enough to get our needs met.
Personification helps me helps me visualize something to take down other than myself. So, whether you imagine your eating disorder as an "one eyed one horned flying purple eater" or the mean girl at school, always remember that you are fighting something that is not you.Read More
Health is about learning to advocate for yourself, setting boundaries with loved ones, giving your body the energy it needs, eating foods that make you happy and smile, and learning ways to calm your mind and soul.Read More
Learning to love myself unconditionally has been painful and so extremely enlightening all at once. Love was essential to my recovery; accepting love, giving love, hoping for love.Read More
The “lasts” are the things that truly matter. The lasts are the things you choose after you’ve learned everything else. The last person you choose to love or the last time you choose to do something harmful to your body. You cannot change the beginning, you cannot change the journey, but the lasts are in your control right now.
Cognitive defusion is a process that allows us to make conscious choices about which thoughts we would like to listen to, versus which thoughts we would like to acknowledge— but ultimately decide to reject. Rather than ignoring thoughts, or trying to push them out of our minds, we simply examine all thoughts and choose which ones we would like to attend to.Read More