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?Read More
What is a vision board? How can it help your recovery? How can you make one?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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)?Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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…Read More
When I work with clients recovering from eating disorders, part of the work is identifying and challenging the voice of the Eating Disorder (sometimes called “ED”). And then the work is to develop a new “Recovery voice,” one that has rainbow (instead of black and white) thinking.
This “Recovery voice” is both compassionate and fierce. It can call your eating disorder on its shit and have compassion for the part of you that is struggling.
Despite the myth that eating disorders only affect straight, white, thin, adolescent girls, women and men of all sizes, skin colors, and sexual orientations develop eating disorders.Read More
Is Whole 30 the way to go? Paleo? Atkins? Gluten free? When is it a diet and when is it a disorder? And what is it really about?Read More
Sugar causes levels of dopamine to surge in our brains. Dopamine is considered the "reward center" in our brain, and is associated with feelings of pleasure. Does this mean some people can become "addicted" to it? Should you avoid sugar or avoid giving your kids sugar? I don't think so...Read More
Treasure Maps (also called vision boards or vision collages) are just what they sound like: a collage of your vision! The word "board" is usedRead More
Many women recovering from disordered eating think they are "too sensitive" and they should be able to "get over this," so they can move on with their recovery...Read More