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Thoughts on NEDAwareness Week 2018

It’s NEDAwareness Week, which means I’ve been thinking about eating disorders, and reflecting on my own experience with an eating disorder and recovery. I’ve also been thinking about the women I met in treatment, as well as how much life has changed since then. I have been in recovery from Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified […]

Recovery Is Not A Linear Event

In early March, I traveled to Dickinson College to talk about eating disorders and recovery as part of their Love Your Body Week, and ever since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to define “recovery” and “recovered” (which I will be discussing in a later blog) as well as how there are some […]

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: University of Wisconsin-Marinette

I’m going to be at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette on Thursday, October 24th. I’ll be giving a lecture on eating disorders, recovery, and writing, and I will probably also be visiting classes. I’ll be posting more specific details at a later date. I love visiting colleges, and I’m especially excited about this visit because I […]

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Elkins, West Virginia

I am working on logistics for some speaking engagements next academic year, and I can now share with you that I will be headed to Elkins, WV on Friday, September 13th to talk about eating disorders, body image, and recovery with middle and high school students. I am especially excited about this trip because it’s […]

NYT Article on ED (AN) Recovery

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/health/26anorexia.html?_r=1&src=tptw While I disagree with the premise that recovery is not possible for everyone (I truly believe it is), I think this article raises an interesting point about how we define recovery. Is it when weight restoration and normal menstruation occur? Is it when the patient stops obsessing about food? I think the process of […]

Yoga and Recovery

Yoga, especially yin yoga, has been very helpful to me in recovery. Here is an interesting article about yoga and ED recovery: http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2011/03/31/can-yoga-help-combat-eating-disorders-some-practitioners-think-it-can/

Is This Really My Life?

I keep having these moments lately, where I’m like, “Is this really my life? I am so lucky.” I turn thirty at the end of June this year, and I think my upcoming birthday has put me in a reflective mood. I was driving back from a speaking engagement at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, […]

Perseverance and Recovery

I’ve been thinking about the idea of perseverance, lately. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about perseverance in conjunction with stubbornness and having faith. When I think about recovering from my ED, I think my innately stubborn nature was an asset in the recovery process. I’m an incredibly stubborn person, and while this can sometimes be a […]

The Trouble with Scales

I just got back from the gym, where I witnessed something interesting, although not unusual. I was sitting in the hot tub, which is diagonal from the fancy electronic scale at my gym. The warmth of the hot tub felt really good, so I sat there for quite awhile, preparing myself to go back into […]

NYT Article Treating ED’s

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/health/04patient.html?_r=4&adxnnl=1&ref=health&adxnnlx=1291449672-8wSv895z1markUuCy2ghWg This article addresses the expense and difficulty of treating eating disorders, as well as how a lot of insurance companies find ways to refuse to cover treatment costs. It also talks about the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. One quibble I do have with this article is that touts the Maudsley Method. Although […]