Exercise and Eating Disorders: Thoughts on No Longer Trying to “Run Away from” Yourself in Recovery

How can exercise be bad when it feels good? When does exercise become an addiction? Isn’t exercise an antidepressant? When do you need to take a break from exercise? How can you move your body with joy in your eating disorder recovery?

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The Diet Trap and 4 Ways to Survive the Holidays

Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes, Christmas turkey, egg nog, …I’ve been thinking about how the stress of compulsive eating, emotional eating, dieting, and disordered eating affect so many people this time of year...

It can be so tempting, to use food as a comfort for unmet feelings or to to diet/restrict food as a way to avoid or control uncomfortable feelings. However, it has been proven, again and again, that diets don’t work.

Here’s why and here’s what you can do instead.

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6 Way to Take Care of Yourself Right Now

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.

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A Recovery Story

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)?

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World Eating Disorders Action Day: Breaking Stigma and Bringing Inclusion for Recovery

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.

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Orchids, Dandelions, and Recovery

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?

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