Your guide to visioning recovery, body acceptance, and perinatal support: Recovery is possible. You are not alone.
Dr. Linda Shanti aka "Recovery mama" Specializes in Recovery from Eating Disorders (compulsive eating, emotional eating, binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia), Body image challenges, Anxiety, Postpartum Depression (PPD), and New Mom support.
- Are you struggling with body image?
- Do you want freedom from food obsession?
- Do you find yourself engaging in disordered eating even though you "know better" (have read all the books, are a feminist, feel awful every time afterward, know it won't fix what you are really struggling with)?
- Are you wanting to cultivate a spiritual practice or use art for self discovery?
- Do you feel like you might be "too sensitive"? (There is no such thing as too sensitive, but we can talk about that).
- Do you feel other moms transitioned easily to this motherhood-thing and never question themselves?
I can help you explore these questions and others in the confidential space of therapy.
You have to vision, to image-in that something is possible before you can experience it. You have to imagine yourself in it. What do you imagine recovery, freedom from food obsession, freedom from (or a more mindful and compassionate relationship with) depression and anxiety, and accepting your body to look like? How would you feel? What would you be doing? What would your relationships look like? In the words of Meister Eckart:
"When the Soul wants to experience something, she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it."
It is possible to recover. It is possible to get yourself back (or find yourself in the first place). You are not alone.
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Following the news and social media can be difficult right now if you are an abuse or assault survivor, are recovering, or are an empath. Here are a few self-care tools to practice keeping your feet on the ground, 1 step at a time, and potentially assist in calming your nervous system.
It's the start of the school year! End of summer vacations, unstructured time, sleeping in (if you're lucky enough to be one of the few who has a child that does this)! Many parents breathe a sigh of relief (Hooray: No more trying to create a daily structure!) along with a feeling of dread (Oh Dear! Coordinating and calendaring school schedules for the next nine months!) Here are some thoughts about how to potentially ease the transition…
The story of the velveteen rabbit has lots of eating disorder recovery wisdom. What are the essential parts of yourself? What are the eating disorder parts? What parts of you are shiny and polished, what parts are dismissive, what parts are diseased? What is the part of you that wants to connect and wants to become real? How does one become real (recovered)?
All mothers work, whether it be inside the home, outside the home, or inside and outside the home. What is the right answer? When is the right time to go back to work? Here are some things to consider whether you are going back to work, staying home, or combining the two…
Eating Disorders do not just affect straight, white adolescent women…They are not a fad or a diet, they do not occur outside cultural context, and bringing awareness of intersectionality can help with prevention and treatment.
I wrote about letting go of the idea that yoga is only for people who are skinny, flexible, or already calm. I wrote about letting go of the idea that yoga means you must have a certain kind of birth, feed your baby only organic food, or avoid any medications you might need in order to do yoga…
I wanted moms to know that yoga doesn't have to be another thing to do fix or improve themselves, but that it can instead be a balm, a source of comfort, or what I call in the book my "well of sanity."
Corinne Crossley, LMHC, a psychotherapist and mom, shares her experience on mindful eating before children- and her somewhat humbling experience with goldfish crackers- after becoming a mom.
In honor of Mother's day, I'm posting a few the affirmations I share with new moms: moms struggling with postpartum body image, breastfeeding (or not), sleeping (or not)…
I love and accept my Mama body.
I have a new body postpartum. It is not the same as it was before because …
Some recovery counselors recommend getting a pet after going through treatment (for alcoholism, eating disorders, depression)…
Many of my clients are what might be characterized as “orchids.” Orchids are a sensitive lot. They need just the right amount of light and water, or they don’t bloom. They’re often the ones, as children, that stay on the edge of the playground until the conditions are exactly right for them to jump in and play. I often use this analogy with my clients: If you go to a playground and one person runs right to the slide to go down it, and one person pauses before deciding where they would most feel comfortable playing, who is better?
In honor of International No Diet Day, here is an interview with Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RD, CEDRD, a dietician who broke free from diet culture. Lindsay doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. Here’s her story…