Eating disorders occur all across the size, race, age, socioeconomic, gender, and mental health spectrum. You don’t have to be thin, white, young, rich, female, and traumatized to have an eating disorder worthy of treatment. Often, this is the image we’re presented with of someone with an eating disorder, but that is only one typeContinue reading “You Don’t Have to be Thin, White, Young, Rich, Female, or Traumatized to Have an Eating Disorder Worthy of Treatment”
It’s easy to let your eating disorder become your identity. After all, it becomes such a big part of your life. But part of recovery is discovering who you are without your eating disorder. What do you like? What don’t you like? What’s your favorite color? Where would you like to travel? What makes youContinue reading “You Are so Much More Than Your Eating Disorder”
Raise your hand if your health insurance has ever denied you treatment coverage for your eating disorder because they said you weren’t sick enough. Often they say your labs are fine, your weight isn’t low enough, you should have been better by now, or you’re not getting better fast enough… Insurance is literally the worst!Continue reading “You are no Less Deserving of Help for Your Eating Disorder if Insurance Refuses to Pay for Treatment”
When you’re diagnosed with an eating disorder that means you’re going to have a messed up relationship with food and body image for the rest of your life, right? Nope! But won’t I always be “in recovery”? Nope! Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. That means no using behaviors on occasion when you’reContinue reading “Full Recovery From an Eating Disorder is Possible”
Apps like Timehop and Facebook’s On This Day can be fun to see what you were doing on a certain day throughout the years. It can also be incredibly triggering.
Similarly, when you’re scrolling through your feed this weekend and seeing a variety of bodies, remember that you do not know anyone’s story. You do not know what it took for them to look a certain way or what their thoughts are about their body in the picture.
Yes, the foods you eat and how you move your body absolutely can impact your mental health. This is why eating regular meals, including a variety of foods and food groups, staying hydrated, and finding time for joyful movement are all important. However, mental illness cannot be cured simply by diet and exercise alone. ItContinue reading “Treating Mental Illness is Not as Easy as Just Prescribing Diet and Exercise”