Today I received an email from Marc David, the founder for the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and the leader of my training in Food Psychology Coaching. In this message, he shared a beautiful expansive perspective on eating disorders that I just had to share with you. This is exactly the perspective shift that helped me heal from my own 20-year struggle with bulimia. I hope you find these insights as profound and healing as I did, whether you struggle or have struggled yourself, or love someone who does. Here’s an excerpt: Continue reading
A few weeks ago I was honored to be part of a powerful piece on Betty Confidential, in which 10 courageous and beautiful women shared their experiences of living with an eating disorder. There are so many beautiful insights here around not just the the struggles and challenges of dealing with an ED, but also the victories and gifts that can result as you move through it. I truly believe that an eating disorder is an invitation to look inside, heal and grow, and there is plenty of evidence here to support that. May you find inspiration in the stories of these amazing women!
As National Eating Disorder Awareness Week winds down, I am back today with one final – and what I believe to be extremely powerful – strategy to unlock your freedom from troubled eating.
But before I share that, I just want to take a moment to say that even beyond this national awareness event, we all have an opportunity to spread awareness and to say NO to the SHAME all year round. I personally decided to say no to the shame by speaking out and sharing my story. And I invite you to say no to the shame in whatever way you can – it doesn’t have to mean going public. Whether it is self-forgiveness or sharing your experience with a trusted family member or friend, there is no shame in your struggle with food – it’s simply an opportunity for you to look deeper to discover the truth of who you really are (someone totally awesome, whole and complete!).
And I also want to personally invite you to reach out to ME if you feel called to do so. I have walked in your shoes, and I can assure you that any space you share with me is a shame-free and judgement-free zone! Perhaps one of the most powerful steps you can take is allowing yourself to receive support (bonus tip!). And I’m just an click away. In fact, it’s as easy as hitting REPLY to this very message, connecting with me on my Facebook page, or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org whenever you are ready.
So here’s today’s tip: Continue reading
ARE YOU SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR A BINGE?
Sorry for the harsh question, but I wanted to make sure you are not missing today’s CRITICAL tip for healing your issues around binge or compulsive eating.
As National Eating Disorder Awareness Week winds down, I’m sharing a few more of the strategies that helped me recover from bulimia, and that can help set you up for SUCCESS too! So here’s one of the most important things you need to do: Continue reading
Here we are on the 3rd day of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and I’m back with a few more tips for overcoming disordered eating. These are some of the tried and true strategies that helped ME find freedom from my 20-year struggle with bulimia. And if it’s possible for me, it’s possible for YOU!
1. The #1 Rule of Recovery….. Continue reading
In recognition of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I’m back today with a few more tips for overcoming disordered eating. These are some of the tried and true strategies that helped ME find freedom from my 20-year struggle with bulimia. And if it’s possible for me, it’s possible for YOU!
1. Take a proactive approach. Check in with yourself daily to assess your emotional climate. Click here to see the “System” I developed for myself!
2. When you feel the urge to overeat, stop and ask yourself, Continue reading
February 26 was the first day of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This year the theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody,” which I find to be SO true. (In fact, if you can think of nobody else, you know me, and I struggled with bulimia for over 20 years.) This week is an annual national effort to raise awareness, reduce shame and stigma and spread accurate information about eating disorders. But even more important about this week, I believe, is the reminder to all those who are struggling with food or body image that recovery and freedom IS possible, and it’s more accessible than you might think.
That’s why this week I have decided to share with you some of the strategies and insights - tips for body, mind and spirit - that helped me most in my recovery. These are my gift to you; my insider secrets to support you in your own recovery and to remind you that you already have everything you need within you to create a life of freedom and fulfillment!
Feel that urge to binge tugging at you? Here are three simple things you can do: Continue reading
One of the things I have discovered through my recovery from bulimia is that there’s a genius to disordered eating. It may be a slightly evil genius, but it’s brilliant nonetheless. It’s a strategy that is designed not only to protect you from perceived pain, but also to give you important clues about the REAL issue you need to face. It’s your Soul playing mad scientist in the laboratory of your psyche, concocting a way to get your attention.
I recall one night early in my recovery when I was having a strong urge to binge. In an attempt to distract myself, I decided to go for a walk, and while walking I became aware of an intense physical sensation of wanting to EXPEL something deep within. I suddenly found myself yelling out loud in an attempt to exorcise the feelings that had bottled up inside me. I was screaming, Continue reading
First, comedian Kathy Griffin confessed to Rosie O’Donnell that she has struggled with bulimia and binge eating. And then, of course, Demi Moore was admitted to a treatment facility after a dangerous drug emergency and a growing concern about her shockingly frail appearance, and is reportedly being treated for addiction and and unspecified eating disorder. I have been worried about Demi for quite some time, so I am glad she is finally getting some help. Continue reading
How would you define yourself? Had you asked me that 4 years ago I would have said, “Overwhelmed working mom, someone with potential but not really good at any one thing, sometimes overemotional, fiery (code for angry), independent (code for ‘me against the world’) and damaged goods from some old wounds.”
Today I have a different response. I am sunlight, joy, power, laughter and love. Period.
(Notice I didn’t ask you to describe yourself, but to define yourself.) Continue reading