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Thanksgiving in Recovery: 5 Tips from Eating Disorder Coaches

Thanksgiving is one of the hardest days of the year for people struggling with an eating disorder. From the food to family dynamics, challenges abound. Consider using the following suggestions offered by eating disorder recovery coaches to make your Thanksgiving as peaceful as possible!
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Discovering Self through Eating Disorder Recovery: An Interview with Pamela Polizzi, LCSW

In high school, Pam suffered from an eating disorder. As she began to pursue recovery, she recognized that the fashion world was not a good fit for her: “I knew I would never fully recover if I was in a profession where the societal standards of beauty were solely based on a woman’s size, leading to an unattainable determination of one’s worth. Although I love fashion, it wasn’t a healthy choice for me to be in the field.”
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Common Obstacles in Recovery (And How a Coach Can Help You Overcome Them!)

Recovery is a long road, and there are often many stumbling blocks along the way. Fortunately, eating disorder recovery specialists have identified several keys to sustaining recovery. One of the primary ones is developing and relying upon supportive relationships.

Health at Every Size for Eating Disorder Recovery: An Interview with Hayley Miller, MS, LPC, RD

Hayley first imagined herself becoming a veterinarian, and then a surgeon. But, witnessing family members struggle with chronic medical issues related to their diet, she was ultimately inspired to become a dietitian.
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Working with A Recovered Coach: Advice for Clients in Eating Disorder Recovery

Increasingly, eating disorder recovery coaches are opening up to clients about their own experience healing from an eating disorder. Such transparency in eating disorder treatment is a relatively new phenomenon--and it’s gaining momentum, as coaches modeling that recovery is possible has proven to be notably beneficial for many clients.
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Considering Culture in Eating Disorder Recovery: An Interview with Mujidat Shotonwa, MHC-LP

For Mujidat, helping to facilitate a client’s recovery from the position of Intake Coordinator generates “a really good feeling for me, because it feels like I am part of pieces that are coming together.”
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Facing the Food in Eating Disorder Recovery: An Interview with Maiken Wiese, RD

What does it take to recover from an eating disorder? Nutritional, physical, psychological, and emotional needs must be addressed, so it helps to have a variety of professionals comprise a “treatment team.” One essential player on this team is a Registered Dietitian (RD): a health professional with an accredited university degree in nutrition and dietetics who has completed supervised hours of clinical practice and passed a credentialing exam. But not all RD’s specialize in eating disorders.
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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.