Some of the most meaningful work I've done has been taking a negative situation from my past - my eating disorder - and using it for good. I've taken my struggle and turned it into a passion for helping others. I get a lot of questions about how to get involved with eating disorder advocacy and volunteering, so in honor of NEDA Awareness Week I thought I'd share them! 1. NEDA Walks NEDA Walks happen in cities all over the country and are fundraisers for NEDA programming. To check and see if . . .
Hi everyone! I'm just back from a wonderful weekend in Orlando and popping in to let you know that today is the start of NEDA Awareness Week 2015. Each year the National Eating Disorders Association dedicates a week to extra education, fundraising, and help for others get treatment. This year's theme again is I HAD NO IDEA: This year the National Eating Disorders Association is focusing on the importance of early intervention and recognizing the diverse experiences of people . . .
It's a tricky thing, eating disorder recovery. You've likely heard the comparison between eating disorder recovery and alcoholism recovery. You can quit alcohol, but you can't just quit food. People with eating disorders, including me, often have a touch of addiction and anxiety in their personalities. While alcohol abuse has never been tempting for me, food is definitely a way that I cope. Part of living in recovery is finding ways to avoid that (I take SSRIs to help) and for me its a . . .
1. It's Holding You Back If you're focusing too much on your body, your diet, and your workouts, you won't have enough space in your brain or time in your day to focus on the other things that truly matter. Your career and relationships can't flourish if your mind is preoccupied. Your insecurities could prevent you from going after something you want. Your fears could mean missed dinners with friends or turning down a date with Mr. Perfect. Let go, and see how far life can take you. 2. . . .
This is a reader request post that I'm more than happy to answer, though I don't know that many people will like my answer. I can't speak for everyone, because people that are binging because they have a true Binge Eating Disorder won't be helped by the same things that helped me. However, I think many of my readers are in the same place I was-- maybe at a healthy weight, but still trying to be fit and thin and so being very careful and somewhat rigid about what is eaten. I was . . .
I mentioned a few weeks ago, during the height of my eating-more-not-working-out-getting-my-feminine-stuff-in-line-final-recovery process that I can't read the same blogs I used to. Nothing against those ladies (many of whom are my friends!), but they were just writing about things that aren't appropriate for me right now. So used a little reader responsibility and cut out my daily dose of the stuff that was hindering my goals. Also, I find that they just aren't as interesting to me now! . . .
This topic has been on my mind over the past couple of months, as I've witnessed some pretty bad treatment toward people that are still on their journey to health. It's based on my own experience and thoughts, and so of course may not hold true for everyone. I've learned a lot during this hopefully final recovery, and one of those things has been how misguided I was before. Many have pointed this out to me, but I assure you I am aware. I was trying to be a role model when I . . .
I've learned a lot over the past few months of true recovery, weight gain, and getting my period back. I notice that lots of people, when asking me about my experience and while struggling with their own, are always curious what I weigh. They want to know what I used to weigh, what I weigh now, how much I gained, if I'm still gaining, etc. That, I believe, has a lot to do with the preoccupation with numbers as well as the societal expectation to be skinny. Interestingly, I don't even know what I . . .
I mentioned in a Five Things Friday a few weeks ago that I'd be sharing more about lobbying with the Eating Disorders Coalition. Today I have a guest post from Matt Wetsel, a male Anorexia survivor and volunteer with the EDC. He contacted me a few weeks ago to help him out with a Virginia-based lobbying team. Matt has done extensive research, written award-winning papers, and knows a lot about the insurance disparities that those in need of eating disorder treatment face. I'm really . . .
**Please note: this post was originally written on August 27, 2013. I've alluded in previous recovery posts to some hormonal issues I've been dealing with lately, but never specifically addressed them. I decided not to share my story until I had good news to share, and I'm thrilled to say that I now do. I got my period back naturally after my anorexia when I was 20, at a BMI of around 18. I went on birth control right after that, and stayed on some form of birth control . . .