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,…

Recovery-minded Living

We often feel motivated after inspiring experiences—finishing a good book, hearing a rousing speech, taking part in service, having a great therapy session, etc.  However, at times these feelings fade and we often return to old mindsets and habits.  So how do we find the motivation to keep working towards our goals? Deep inside each…

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…

Why Be Mindful?

When I first teach mindfulness, I often get initial resistance from clients. I have heard responses such as “I can’t do it. I’m too anxious” or “I don’t see the point. How is this really going to help?” Research has shown that meditation practices can help with a variety of issues, including substance abuse, trauma,…

Strong Enough to be Broken

In today’s society we are told that we have to be unbreakable. We have to be iron men and iron women. To show any weakness or to have anything negative to say is taboo. Every day we are consciously and, more often, subconsciously inundated with messages that we must have a perfect life – a…

Made for Something More

As women in the modern world, we are constantly being measured up to society’s expectations. We are taught from the time we are young that as we strive to be what the world expects us to be, we will inherit a plethora of  friends, money, status, relationships, and success. We are told by society what we are…

Don’t Let Your Struggles Define You

We all have something in our lives that is hard for us to get through.  For some it may be an addiction to drugs, alcohol or maybe an eating disorder.  For others it may be a physical or mental ailment.  The one thing we all have in common is that we struggle.  It is a…

Be Here Now

For as long as I can remember, the fear of the future has been my biggest inhibitor. I am constantly planning, preparing, and worrying about my next step. This habit has been inbred by a mother who plans constantly, a world that glorifies multitasking, and a society that praises being busy. My planner is heavy…

Don’t Talk to Yourself Like That​

When someone you know is struggling, upset, or depressed, it is human nature to feel compassion and empathy for them.  We often show this compassion and empathy through kind and encouraging words and being a good listener.  We would never intentionally say anything hurtful or damaging to someone we care about, especially when that person is in…

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….

Center for Change News May 2016

In commemoration of Memorial Day, we wish to thank all of our military service members and their families for their day-to-day sacrifices on behalf of each and every American.  With humble hearts we express our profound gratitude for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Center for Change is proud to be…

Announcements from Center for Change

Save the Date Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals Friday & Saturday, January 27-28, 2017 Optional ski day at Sundance Resort on Sunday, January 29, 2017 Held at Center for Change in Orem, UT Watch our website for details! Career Opportunities We are looking to add to our Business Development Team for…

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…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, January 4, 2016 Live in the present and prepare for the future…a future of possibilities, relationships, hobbies, hope, and healthy and fulfilling experiences. At times, the thought of leaving one’s eating disorder can elicit feelings of fear and uncertainty about the future. Individuals may feel a lack of control or feel overwhelmed by the…

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…