A New Normal Amidst Teachable Moments

By Quinn Nystrom It’s hard to believe we are already approaching Month Six of what has proven to be one heckuva tumultuous 2020. I predict many of us will have “Survived COVID-19” on our end-of-year Victory Lists. And rightfully so. We all should give ourselves a round of applause for navigating a super-scary pandemic with dignity…

Say Something

By Center for Change “If you see something, say something.” Most relate that statement to terrorism or maybe air travel safety. I relate that statement to eating disorder recovery. I truly believe that people ‘saying something’ is what started me on my recovery journey. Even if I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time. At…

The “Insides” and “Outsides” of Social Media

By Center for Change Social Media is a lifeline for many people especially right now when so many are isolated.  In the age of social distancing, it’s good to feel connected, and social media can facilitate that connection. Friendships can be maintained, family can be close even if they are far away, and we have…

Take Care of YOU: 5 Self-Care Tips for Trying Times

By Quinn Nystrom Being scared, stressed, frustrated, and uncertain is exhausting. These emotions, though completely normal for us humans, can wreak havoc on almost every facet of our lives. I’m sure you don’t need to tell you that, thanks to the current trauma our world is experiencing, these emotions have probably run higher than ever…

Attitude of Gratitude

By Center for Change Employee Gratitude is good. It’s wonderful actually. In fact the Center for Change theme right now is an “Attitude of Gratitude.” According to Psychology Today, it can improve physical and psychological health. People who focus on gratitude experience decreased stress among countless other benefits. I have gratitude for countless things. I…

A New Normal

Author: Center for Change If you told me 6 months ago that a pandemic would basically bring the US and much of the world to a grinding halt, I would never have believed it. Of course I believed in infectious disease and I knew that certain viruses can spread very quickly and I knew how…

Goal 2020 – ReWilding

By Quinn, Nystrom, MS Spring has sprung! Sort of, anyway. After the longest winters of the longest winters with a side-order or quarantine, many people are looking forward to greenery, gardens, and hours in the sun. I know I don’t need to go into a log dissertation as to how COVID-19 has sent all of…

Eating Disorder Recovery & Celiac Disease

By Krista Lample, MEd I’ve been in recovery from an eating disorder for over 20 years. It’s not a daily struggle anymore and it hasn’t been for a long time. I don’t worry or think or obsess about the things that used to consume me. I’ve been tested many times with those life events and…

The Unplug Challenge

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Noise–it’s everywhere. Finding quiet and stillness on a daily basis takes an act of congress and even when we are trying to power down from a long day our computers, mobile devices, and televisions are filled with mind-numbing distraction and demands. People are truly in love with their connectivity (I’m guilty…

Human Being AND a Human Doing

By Quinn Nystrom, MS I recently saw a meme on social media that struck a chord with me. It said something along the lines of, “If you want this year to be your year, don’t sit on the couch and wait for it. Go out and do it.” I think all of us have fallen…

Ten Tips for Emotional Well-being

By Natalie Schilling, LMSW Ten tips for emotional well-being: I mean really breathe. Take a breath and feel your lungs expand. Breathe out and feel your lungs collapse. Allow the air to float from your nostrils to the depths of your belly. Repeat three times. Take a leap. Do one thing to get out of…

There are no Mistakes – Only Lessons

By Quinn Nystrom, MS How many would like to go back in time and rewrite (or “re-right”) some of your wrongs? Erase the mistakes of the past that either created a mess, mortified us with embarrassment, or left us emotionally battered and bruised. How many would like to write a letter to your younger self…

5 Ways to Reject Diet Culture this New Year

By Danielle Basye, RD, LD The new year is socially marked as a reset, a fresh start, and time to reflect on all the ups and downs in the previous year.  Part of the socially constructed reset is often promoted with detoxing and repenting for the Christmas treats we ate to get our bodies and…

Kiss it Goodbye

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Life is ever-changing and when it does, we need to adapt, evolve, and re-evaluate. Roll with the punches, so to speak. And as we pass the half-way point of this year, my guess is we’ve all had plenty of opportunities to “roll with the punches.” When unforeseen events in our lives…

Operating from a Place of Forgiveness

By Quinn Nystrom Knowing that September is National Recovery Month, I’ve found myself doing more research and reading lately on the steps needed to navigate the sometimes slippery slope of eating disorder recovery. Just to recap—National Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental health, eating and substance use disorders,…

Being Intentional to the Fullest

By Quinn Nystrom I used to view the phrase “intentional living” as one of those trendy sayings that was almost as overused as “authenticity” or “going next level.” Now, as the months keep zipping by and yet another New Year is on the horizon, I recognize that I have reached a new point of wisdom…

Dumping the Brick Backpack

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Every day, people create narratives about their lives in their minds. These narratives are the stories they tell themselves about who they are, where they came from, and what they want. Many of these stories are positive and encouraging, but the real truth is that most of the narratives we tell…

Remembering to be Body Positive When Prepping for Summer

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Summer is finally here! The sun and warmer temps feel wonderful after what felt like the longest winter season, ever. Though the lure of sand, water, shorts, and sandals are invigorating for some, there are as many people facing the heat of summer with dread. When struggling with body image, there…

Clinical Interventions for Body Image Disturbance

By Center for Change Struggles with body image have a long reach. One study found that as many as 50% of young women in the United States are highly dissatisfied with their bodies and this dissatisfaction, if left untreated, may endure throughout the life span. Body image disturbances can be particularly challenging to treat in…

Intuitive Eating: Reject the Diet Mentality

By Quinn Nystrom, MS So what is Intuitive Eating? It’s a way of eating that has nothing to do with diets, meal plans, discipline or willpower. It’s about discovering a peaceful and satisfying relationship with food, mind, and body. This eating style has been around since the mid-1990s, but this common-sense approach got lost in…

It’s The Little Things

By Quinn Nystrom Remember when the thought of Grandma’s fresh-baked cookies sparked joy and mouth-watering anticipation?  I am also sure I am not the only one who loves the feeling of sliding into a nice, clean and warm bed at the end of every hectic day. And we all know the satisfaction of a reassuring…

Come As You Are

By Quinn Nystrom Those who know me well know that I am navigating life with a chronic illness. These same people also know about the side diagnosis that decided to tag along with my type1 diabetes; an eating disorder. The reality is that eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. Eating disorders are not an “it’s all…

The Truth about the Stories We Tell Ourselves

By Quinn Nystrom I think Brene Brown said it best “You know what we call a decision with limited data points and little “other” information? A conspiracy.” We’ve all had negative stories about ourselves that we’ve done a pretty good job of harboring for as long as we can remember. Not just “stories”…but also self-limiting…

Dieting Myths Debunked

Danielle Basye, RD, LD As we close down 2018 and welcome 2019 with open arms we also will again be surrounded in loud attempts for recruitment into diet culture as a method of self-improvement. For those people who are struggling with weight/size acceptance, body image, and food it can be hard to quiet the noise…

Just Say No (to New Year’s Resolutions)!

By Quinn Nystrom, MS There are countless statistics online pointing out that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February first. This news is not a secret either. Yet hundreds of thousands of people line up every year to jump on the January First Resolution-Making Bandwagon. So why do we do this if we know…