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The Body Love Box: A Review

The Body Love Box: A Review

A few months ago, I received a Body Love Box in the mail. I heard about it through a Facebook post from Lindley Ashline, creator of the box. (Lindley is a fat positive photographer!) I was SO excited to open it right away and explore the amazing fat positive, body positivity, pieces of artwork in there.    Now that it’s getting colder out, many of us are putting on our snuggliest sweaters for the winter. And there is also that pressure many of us are feeling about working on a “summer body.” Subscribing to the Body Love Box throughout the winter is a lovely reminder that we are worth SO much more than what our bodies look like. And everyone deserves to have fun in the sun, no matter what they look like.   You might be thinking, “This sounds awesome!! Tell me more about this box.”   The Body Love Box is a monthly subscription box, with trinkets and goodies that are body-positive and fat- positive. It highlights intersectionalities as well as honors those of LGBTQ+ identities and people of color. The box features artwork from marginalized artists, and these artists are of course compensated for their amazing work. There are different categories of boxes you’re able to purchase on the website but the one we received was Beach Babe Box. What exactly is included in the box? (taken directly from the website: Artwork by fat and marginalized artists Body liberation books and zines Self care items Info on resources in your area Coloring pages Body positive stickers, pins, buttons, collectibles and trinkets Health at Every Size ©...
Fall Transitions: Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

Fall Transitions: Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

A general rule of thumb: no one should end the fall season without having a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) from Starbucks 😉 Or coffee place of your choice because TBH there’s probably better PSL’s out there. Anyway! Happy fall! I’m incredibly #basic in the sense that fall is absolutely my favorite season. Again, I love PSL’s, boots, sweaters, the changing leaves, the weather. With all the excitement that fall holds, it also holds many changes. Changes like: going back to school, possibly leaving home, going to a different school, changing jobs or learning to adjust with kids not in the house. With all of these differences in routine, eating disorder behaviors can often be triggered during these times, so it can be a good season to explore new strategies for your recovery. In this blog, I thought it would be a good place to discuss: a) some tips for transitions b) what Bobbi and I can do at Empowered Eating to help.   Tips for Transitions     1. Make a list of “red/yellow light” signs and “green light” signs with your therapist or dietitian.     For instance, I do this with many of my clients who are transitioning from high school to college, since it will be the first time they’re more consistently away from home.   “Red light” or “yellow light” signs are behaviors the indicate the ED voice/urges might be getting a bit stronger. For example, skipping meals/snacks, prioritizing exercise over other things, or a decrease in variety of foods.   “Green light” signs are indicative that you’re engaging in behaviors to promote recovery. Like:...
A Practical Approach to Family-based Intervention for Eating Disorders

A Practical Approach to Family-based Intervention for Eating Disorders

How can Family Based Therapy help with Eating Disorders? What comes to mind when you think of a study session?  For us it was comfy clothes, great food, and pillows on the floor.  Recently, we hired Melanie Jacob, RD to fly down from her nutrition practice in Michigan to present to our team of Registered Dietitians and students on Family Based Treatment treatment.  As a result of this 8-hour intensive training, reading numerous journal articles and books we were assigned to read before her arrival, our Registered Dietitians will be offering an even more intense nutrition program for clients struggling with eating disorders.  This approach will be most effective for younger clients. Here are some of the new things that you will be experiencing as a client or a loved-one of a client (especially if your child is in middle school or high school): We will be setting projected goal weights based on the anticipated growth of your loved one in terms of age in months (not simply years) We will be working more closely than ever with parents through parent support groups and communication with parents and/or child through the Recovery Record app. We will continue to work closely with all members of the treatment team with an added component on how to help the loved ones with a specific strategic food plan based on 5-level increases which will be individualized to meet our client’s needs We will continue to monitor vital signs including heart rate and use even more sophisticated screening and quantifiable monitoring tools as your loved one progresses through treatment of eating disorders. It is our...
Body Image Q & A

Body Image Q & A

For this month’s blog, let’s answer some body image questions that come up pretty regularly in my sessions. What is body image? Let’s start with the basic definition. Body image is the perception a person has of their physical body and the thoughts and feelings that result from that perception. Sometimes these feelings are positive. Sometimes they’re negative. And sometimes these feelings can be a mix of both. The way we see our bodies sometimes or often times isn’t always how our bodies truly present in the physical world.  Our emotions can often change how we feel about our bodies. If we’re having a tough day at work or school or just feeling lonely, it’s possible our body image plummets. But, if you’re having a super fun day, it’s possible body image is more positive (or you’re not thinking that much about it). But, logically, we know our bodies do not change drastically from day to day.  In recovery from an eating disorder, body image is a huge component for lots of people. It can often feel like the driving force to act on certain behaviors. But, if you dig a little deeper, and I encourage you to do this, you’ll find that often times body image concerns are related to self esteem, self love, belonging and acceptance. Worries that if one’s body changes, maybe they’ll lose a sense of love and belonging for themselves and with others. Which every human being wants! Every human wants to feel loved and accepted. Although it takes work, it is possible to feel loved and NOT feel like you have to change...
Health At Every Size© (HAES ©) Myths Busted

Health At Every Size© (HAES ©) Myths Busted

As I started writing this blog, it was extremely difficult to get all my thoughts down on paper. Partially because I have an emotional investment and it took me a bit to sift through my own thoughts and emotions surrounding this topic. I think there’s so much I want to cover and it’s so difficult to do that in just one blog! I’ve been wanting to write this for quite some time to “bust myths” surrounding the Health At Every Size (HAES) © paradigm and anti-diet framework.   If you’ve search around our site at all, you’ll see Bobbi and I are 110% aligned with the principles underlying HAES and anti-diet. I originally wanted to write 2 blogs. One about myths of anti-dieting and one about the myths of health at every size. Although they are different philosophies, they’re also deeply intertwined, so being HAES aligned also means being anti-diet aligned (or some like to use non-diet) and vice versa. I began this blog wanting to write about solely “myths surrounding HAES,” however I found myself often mentioning anti-diet. So, hey, maybe it just made sense to combine them! I think HAES can be a difficult paradigm to accept, especially living in our fat phobic society. But, HAES has the same goal as any other approach: wanting to support our clients in living happy and healthy lives. The difference? HAES doesn’t believe that this can (or should) be achieved by focusing on weight and body size.  HAES (and anti-diet) wants to remove this focus. It’s also important to note, HAES providers generally accept health is not a moral obligation....

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