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….

Just Do It! Moving From Avoidance to Engagement

Every moment of time is a moment of choice. One of the primary choices we have, at any moment in time, is to live “present and engaged,” or “trapped in avoidance.” Long ago, a great spiritual leader taught consistently that we should “Just do it.” His plea for action was related to “doing good in…

3 Tips for Relaxing into Change

When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into it’s dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment. Or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for this is freedom—freedom from struggling…

Taking On (and Knocking Out) Self-Objectification

Magazines, movies, and social media are full of images that objectify women. This idea of valuing appearance over competence is not new, but it is increasingly harmful. Unfortunately, living in a culture that objectifies others can lead to women objectifying themselves. The good news is that just because you have been valued for appearance alone…

Being Media Savvy in a Media-Drenched World

Modern media can be a tricky little bugger. Just when you think you’ve spotted all the little messages and hints that try to get into your home where they can rest comfortably in the back of your mind, something slips by all your defenses and you start to see things just the way those big…

Conversations with the Heart – Part 3: Intention Setting from the Heart

As all of the holiday festivities and traditions of 2015 come to a close and we prepare for the opening of 2016, another tradition is waiting for us….resolutions for the new year. We want to hit the reset button, start fresh, and improve upon ourselves. Now that doesn’t sound that bad right? This tradition has…

Conversations with the Heart Series – Part 2: The Courageous Heart

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up…

Meditation as a Recovery Method: Time for a Little Consideration

Individuals who are suffering from eating disorders respond to different approaches to recovery. This is only natural, since we all have different personalities and life experiences. While we most often hear and talk about clinical and medical paths to recovery, we have a spiritual and mindful side that we really shouldn’t forget about . A…

Conversations with the Heart Series – Part 1: The Heart in Mind

Most of us are seeking happiness, love, peace, joy… and let’s not forget freedom from the internal turmoil that so often plagues us. The heart, both physical and figurative, bears the burden of our emotional traumas and everyday stressors. The emotional and physical connection between body and mind was for many years considered figurative; however…

Living Life with No Regrets

Everyone has one life, so it’s important to make yours great. One of the best ways to ensure a great life is to live with no regrets. When looking at your life and deciding how you can make this your mantra, consider the following strategies. Decide what is Fulfilling for You Every person is going…

Creating Your Own Happily Ever After

All good stories feature heroes who conquer adversity, vanquish the foe, and ride off into their happily ever after. These tales have similarities to real life- we all go through hard things that reveal our true colors. Whether or not our circumstances are created through our own choices, or the choices of others, it is…

Lost in the Right Direction: Trusting the Pace, the Process, and the Guides

By Nikki Rollo, Ph.D., LMFT I recently stumbled upon the phrase, “Not all those who wander are lost”, from J.R.R Tolkien’s poem “All that is Gold does not Glitter.” Now I have heard that phrase before, but never paid it much attention. However recently it has become somewhat of a popular quote showing up on…

Using Summer for Recovery: How to Help Someone Struggling with an Eating Disorder During The Summer Months

Summer Solstice marks the day when the sun will appear at its highest point in the sky and there is more daylight than any other day in the year. This year, solstice will begin on June 21st for those of us in the Northern half of the world. This day ushers in the beginning of…