Eating Disorders

Recovery Survival Guide: Birthdays

For anyone in recovery, especially at the beginning, birthdays can be extremely stressful, if not panic inducing.  Birthday cake, birthday dinners, birthday drinks, birthday parties, having your picture taken more than usual…all of these carry potential to be triggering in eating disorder recovery. ... read more

Three Keys to Successful Recovery

Recovery is tough, no question.  It might feel damn near impossible when you’re in the throes of it, but as many can attest, it can be done!  Whether you’re struggling with drugs, alcohol, an eating disorder, sex, gambling, or even in some cases depression, the psychological underpinnings are very ... read more

Losing Weight Safely in Eating Disorder Recovery

One of the only steadfast rules I have for Eating Disorder recovery is NO DIETING!  Putting yourself in a restrictive mindset almost always sets you up to binge later, and ultimately you often end up gaining weight when all is said and done.  In an ideal world, we would have lots of time to allow for the ... read more

Curve Ball

Every now and then, life throws us something that puts our own problems in perspective.  My mom and I took this back in April the morning before her first chemo treatment for breast cancer.  She has a better attitude about cancer than I do about my body image, and it certainly has been a reality check. ... read more

Recovery Survival Guide: Weddings

  So you’ve been invited to a wedding. Awesome! Weddings are beautiful occasions to celebrate love, community and commitment. There’s usually free food, free alcohol, dancing, general merry making…what’s not to like, right?  Well, it depends.  If you’re recovering from an ... read more

Love Can’t be Measured in Weight

I put these stickers on my scale a while back to remind me that I do not weigh myself.  Unless your doctor and/or therapist asks you to do weight checks for medical reasons, I highly recommend trying this.  I used to purge after weigh-ins every single time.  It didn’t matter what the number was, it ... read more

Don’t Believe Everything you Think

Something I’ve learned about myself is that I have an automatic response when I look in the mirror that says “You’re fat.”  It doesn’t matter how skinny I am, that just happens.  This photo was taken at a time when I was so thin I stopped having my period.  Even then I ... read more