The Necessity of Self-Care Routines

Reposted from Eating Disorders Blog with permission; Adapted from original article by Karen Koenig. One of the worst things you can do when you’re experiencing distress is to drop your self-care routine- eating regularly, getting enough sleep, exercising, and doing the small activities that give your life structure and publicly proclaim “Look how much I love … Continued

Fat Talk

By Deborah Etienne-Ward   Friend 1: “Ugh, I hate my thighs”? Friend 2: “What’s wrong with your thighs?” Friend 1: “They are so fat” Friend 2: “Oh please, you have no fat” Friend 1: “Yes I do, look!” Friend 2: “OMG (Oh My God) there’s nothing there. If you think you are fat then I … Continued

RecoverED

By Emma Sheens Can you fully recover from an eating disorder? Yes. Absolutely. Without a doubt. Often people struggling with an eating disorder (ED) feel defeated, hopeless, confused and uncertain about whether or not full recovery can ever be reached. The label of an ‘eating disorder’, which comes about through receiving a diagnosis, can also … Continued

Exploring the impact that restrictive eating has on the body and mind: The Minnesota starvation experiment

By Madalyn McCormack [Trigger Warning:This blog contains numbers (e.g. calories) which may be triggering for eating disorder sufferers] Source: Refinery 29  The Minnesota Starvation Experiment: During World War II, 36 men were chosen from a pool of volunteers to participate in a study of human starvation conducted by Ancel Keys and his colleagues at the University … Continued

‘BodyMatters’ and ‘The Yoga & Body Image Coalition’ are uniting!

By Emma Sheens What is the ‘Yoga & Body Image Coalition’? The ‘YBI Coalition’ is a group of yoga teachers, practitioners, teachers, professionals, educators, activists, writers, artists, non-profit organisations and advocates that share a common vision – “to develop, promote and support yoga that is accessible, body-positive and reflects the full range of human diversity”. … Continued

Feeling Good Fridays!

Reposted from Eating Disorders Blog with permission. Adapted from original article by Greta Gleissner. Feeling Good Fridays: because it is SO important to talk about feeling good in recovery! Here are some ways that can help you feel good (or at least not so bad): 1. Have a desire to feel good In order to make … Continued

Five Apps to Practice Mindfulness

By Sarah McMahon When was the last time you really took notice of what you were doing and brought yourself back to the present moment? Life presents with us a myriad of distractions- including relationships, social media, our phones. Add disordered eating into the mixture and suddenly our mind can become very noisy! Mindfulness is … Continued

Understanding Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Adolescents

By Deborah Etienne-Ward An eating disorder is often seen as an indirect form of self-harm. Commonly however, people with eating disorders will also report to engage in more direct forms of self-harm such as cutting, burning, aggressive behaviour (e.g., punching the wall), and self-poisoning (e.g., medication overdose). Eating disorder and self-harm behaviours are often started … Continued