Using Self-Compassion to Heal

By: Cindy Coloma “I hate you,” Dusty whispered. She glared at her own dark eyes in the mirror, searching for signs of anything worth fighting for. Dusty’s stomach rumbled as venomous thoughts flowed through her. Her chest ached, and her head throbbed with hopelessness. Disgusted, she turned and headed for the back door, stepping out…

How Becoming an Activist Helped my Mental Health

By Quinn Nystrom, MS, National Diabetes Ambassador at Center for Change This past month I had the incredible opportunity in participating in my first protest, as well as an annual diabetes advocacy event called Call to Congress in Washington, D.C. I often say to people that being an activist is one of the best things…

Too Much of This and Not Enough of That! How to Help Teens Feel Good About Themselves and Their Bodies

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT I’m too short! I’m not thin enough! My nose is too big! My hair isn’t straight enough! I’m not smart enough! I’m too awkward! Most of us have either heard these phrases uttered by a teenager in our lives or remember having been a teenager with our own version of…

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Why It’s Important and How to Get Involved

By Becca Owens Eating disorders are common in the US — it’s estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will suffer from an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime.1 The term eating disorder is a collective term for several specific disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, among…

Planning Your Way Toward Wellness One Meal at a Time

By Christa A. Banister There are all kinds of misconceptions about men and women diagnosed with anorexia. Some people may simply chalk up behaviors to extreme dieting, a zealous preoccupation with fitness or a phase that’ll pass. Considering that 0.6 percent of adults in the United States will be diagnosed with anorexia — with women…

“New Year New You”: Untangling the Web of Extreme Resolutions

Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT So, here we are… it’s the middle of January and there is a good chance that whatever resolutions you have made have already proved a struggle. Perhaps you feel totally caught in the web of “New Year New You” that seems to be floating around all over social media and you…

What Is Body Dysmorphia and How Do You Know If You Have It?

By Wesley Gallagher We all have insecurities about our looks. Our focus may change from our weight to our skin, or we may have one particular feature that always bothers us. No one is perfect, and we can often be our own worst critic. While it’s normal to experience insecurity and low self-esteem due to…

Eating Disorders and Romantic Relationships: How to Cope When Your Partner Has an Eating Disorder

By Wesley Gallagher Eating disorders are often a silent disease, hidden in the shadows and closets of life. Unfortunately, however hard someone tries to keep it secret and separate, an eating disorder inevitably ends up affecting almost every aspect of a person’s life. If you’re in a romantic relationship with someone struggling with an eating…

7 Resolutions Worth Keeping in the New Year

By Christa Banister After all the holiday fanfare has drawn to a close and the calendar flips to January, it’s natural to start reflecting — dreaming even — about what the New Year might look like for you. But what if your ambitions, your resolutions of sorts, weren’t the same tired and superficial aspirations peddled…

Living Strong Through Yoga: Hope for Healing from Eating Disorders

By Christa Banister While it’s occasionally been dismissed as a little too hippy-dippy for some or decidedly low-impact for others, it’s no secret that yoga has a huge number of health benefits. Not only can it help significantly improve strength and flexibility and promote serenity in our increasingly hectic lives, but yoga can also be…

Too Much of a Good Thing: How to Recognize an Exercise Addiction

By: Cindy Coloma Many of us prefer to start our day with exercise. Taking care of our health is important, and exercise undeniably plays a crucial role. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to be healthy. Whether you are…

The Very Real Eating Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of: Explaining OSFED

By: Taylor Davis When most people hear the term “eating disorder,” they think of women who either don’t eat at all or regularly binge eat and purge. While clinical anorexia and bulimia are well-known eating disorders that threaten the lives of those who deal with them, there is another type of eating disorder that has…

BED: The Forgotten Eating Disorder

By Wesley H. Gallagher Over the past several years, eating disorders have gained much needed exposure as real and often life-threatening health conditions. Thin is no longer “in,” as more awareness is raised about anorexia and bulimia and the unhealthy lengths celebrities and models go to in order to maintain their figures. The body positivity…

Why Therapists Ask About Your Family

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Eating disorders are complicated conditions that quickly take over an individual’s life. When obsessive anxiety about food and body appearance begin, daily thoughts and activities often focus on food issues to the point that normal life becomes difficult, if not impossible. Eating disorders often require dedicated treatment because eating is a…

Men Have Eating Disorders Too

By Tom Tjornehoj “Bulimia destroyed my body when I mixed it with drugs and alcohol for 17 years,” shares MK at HeroesInRecovery.com. “My second DUI and my [failing] health made me realize how bad I’d become. I chose to stay clean and figure out what I was afraid of.” “I saw a yoga teacher share…

How Does Media Impact Body Image and Eating Disorder Rates?

By Patti Richards The World of Psychology describes body image as the way a person perceives herself when she looks in the mirror. In today’s media culture, there are more types of “mirrors” than ever before. Young people see thousands of images on a daily basis through social media sites and use them as personal…

What We Refuse to Work On Is Working On Us

Okay, this is how life works: It’s a surprise party, and the invites are in the mail. What you thought was going to come knocking or would never arrive at your front door may be interesting but not entirely relevant. Not only will the unexpected come knocking, it will in some cases kick down the…

The Double-Standard of Mental Illness and Physical Illness

by Quinn Nystrom I was flying home from attending my very first National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Conference in Washington, D.C. It was sitting in those sessions that I got really revved up about the disparities in our societies’ differing viewpoint about mental illness and physical illness. See, after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes…

Wrestling with Failure & Turning it into Positive Action

by Quinn Nystrom I struggled since the age of 12 with an eating disorder and a year later was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I didn’t seek treatment for the first time until the age of 24. I had spent so many years telling myself cruel, negative, judgmental things about myself. I believed that other…

3 Ways to Practice Fearlessness in Recovery

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Sometimes even just the word “fear” can be enough to cause a knot in our stomachs and send a shiver up and down our spines. We might remember a situation in which we felt afraid or a worry we have about the future that we just can’t seem to shake….

The Importance of Telling Our Story

By: Quinn Nystrom I had been so comfortable in the past to stand up in front of an audience and tell my story of living with type 1 diabetes. I had been traveling around the United States since I was 16 in fact talking about it. But after I completed residential treatment for an eating…

Five Steps to Forgiving Yourself: An Essential Practice On the Recovery Journey (part 2)

I have chosen to shower myself in forgiveness. I have decided to bathe myself in absolutely breathtaking love.-Alison Malee We all make mistakes. Yep, It’s true. Every last one of us. We say things and do things that are hurtful to others and ourselves. It is one of the more difficult parts of being human….

Five Ways to Find Inner Peace in the Recovery Process

Peace has been on my mind a lot lately. Whenever we move into another holiday season, I think about how we can increase peace in the world, in our country, in our neighborhoods, in our families, and in our own hearts. Peace is something that transcends religion, whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa,…

Eating Disorders and Diabetes

Each November brings extra attention to diabetes and the tens of millions of people affected by it. Did you know women and girls with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk for developing an eating disorder? One study reports over 30% of women with type 1 diabetes meet the criteria for an eating disorder (Diabetes…

Blog series on Forgiveness: Part 1 — Forgiving Others: What is forgiveness and why is it important?

Love and Forgiveness is not for the faint-hearted. – Meher Baba What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about forgiveness? Maybe you have images of tears, hugging, and restoration of a relationship. Or maybe you actually feel repulsed by the idea of forgiving someone who has really hurt you….