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How to Overcome an Eating Disorder at College

A multitude of factors contribute to the rising rates of eating disorders diagnosed at this stage of life. As exciting as college may be, it also involves new levels and types of stress: greater academic expectations, pressure to determine your identity, increased athletic competitiveness, new social networks, more independent living, unfamiliar food sources and settings, loss of childhood, and the challenges of transition…to name a few!
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Cultivating Self-Compassion in Eating Disorder Recovery

I recently asked a friend who is in recovery from anorexia how she feels towards her now inactive but once powerful eating disorder. Squinting past my shoulder into the distance—perhaps into her distant past—she paused in silent reflection. Several moments later, she returned to the here and now, and responded:
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Parents: Supporting Your Child With an Eating Disorder

When a healthy child gets sick, parents can usually find a fairly simple answer: Tylenol, amoxicillin, cough medicine. But when your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder, parents face a problem for which there is no immediate fix. Caring for and supporting your child with an eating disorder can be confusing and scary.
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Like Food, Like Finance: How Eating Disordered Behaviors Manifest in Money

But on that particular afternoon, I was paralyzed by my restrictive habits. The fear wasn’t about the food this time, though—it was about the money. A cone costs twice as much as a cup, which holds an equivalent amount of gelato…
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Recovery is Relational: The Power of Group Work in Eating Disorder Healing

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Eating disorders are notoriously challenging to treat, because they are so multi-faceted: they derive from emotional, psychological, physiological, social, and cultural influences.
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How Social Media Can Support Recovery

Social media is a tricky, multi-faceted phenomenon of our time that can do both harm and good. But while there are many Instagram feeds, Facebook posts, and blogs that may trigger individuals in recovery from an eating disorder by promoting unhealthy mindset and behaviors, social media can support recovery by being a force of inspiration.
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Practice Self Care Everyday

It is easy in the busyness of life to dismiss self-care as something you “don’t have time for,” but in fact we all have innumerable opportunities to practice self care every day.
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Getting Grounded in Winter

Often in these cold months, we find ourselves affected by what is called “Vata-excess” in Ayurveda (a mind-body health system developed in ancient India which translates as “the science of life”). It can often feel difficult getting grounded in winter. The external conditions of the season -- short days, chilly temperatures, and dry weather -- directly impact our internal climate, making us prone to feel more frazzled, snippy, and in our heads.
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The Power of Intention in Recovery

Recently my friend Kayleigh told me about the greatest turning point in her life: seven years ago, she realized that her fervent mission to live a life of achievement was causing her unhappiness and poor health. “Achievement wasn’t the right intention for me,” she admitted. “So I shifted my intention to living a life of peace.” Intention in recovery is powerful.