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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:...
The Truth About Body Positivity and How it Fits Into Eating Disorder Recovery

The Truth About Body Positivity and How it Fits Into Eating Disorder Recovery

By Alex Raymond, RDN, LDN What is body positivity? Body positivity is a buzzword these days. People seem to be latching on to the idea of loving and appreciating their bodies. People post #bopo pics all the time. And while this may seem like a positive thing, unfortunately, much of the true meaning of “body positivity” is lost in mainstream social media. Body positivity is actually a social justice movement to give voices to those individuals in marginalized bodies. It’s rooted in the belief that ALL bodies are GOOD bodies. Including, but not limited to… fat bodies, disabled bodies, trans people, bodies of different races/ethnicities. And everyone deserves to find a place of body peace and respect for themselves. This is separate from having a “positive body image” and/or loving/liking the way your body looks. The body positive movement is so much more than aesthetics. It’s about existing in a world and being treated humanely regardless of how your body looks. Individuals who live in marginalized bodies have done so much work starting and continuing the body positive movement. And the problem is, well, privileged women. Honestly, like myself, white, cis, smaller bodied…etc. Have, most likely unintentionally, made it into something it’s not. I can understand why it happened. Who doesn’t like the idea of “body positivity”? But now, the voices of people who have started the movement are diluted, due to the other “body positive” noise that’s out there. Body Positivity vs. “Positive Body Image” I was inspired to write this blog after reading Lauren Newman’s (aka gofeedyourself_) instagram post on body positivity vs. positive body image. I...
Interview with Jessica Setnick: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Jessica Setnick: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Jessica Setnick, a Rockstar Dietitian By Alex Raymond, RD, LD with contributions from Caroline Best, Empowered Eating Intern I am so excited to feature another rockstar dietitian, Jessica Setnick. Jessica’s mission is: empowering health professionals to confidently and competently treat eating disorders. Jessica does amazing work to complete this mission! She developed the Eating Disorder Boot Camp for dietitians as well as created the Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide. The RD community is so lucky to have her wealth of knowledge! Here are some questions we asked Jessica:  What do you want the world to know about eating disorders? What is the most important thing in prevention of eating disorders? Why do you love working in the eating disorder field? What is a fun fact about you :)? Key Points From Jessica Jessica wants the world to know that everyone eats and everyone has feelings. Sometimes those things get mixed up and we should be aware and sensitive concerning that. She  wants to stress that there’s no specific type or of person who has an eating disorder. Eating disorders affect anyone. Jessica talks about ways to prevent the development of eating disorders. A huge part of this is not assigning morality to food or body sizes. Additionally, she really loves her work. Jessica loves feeling like she’s doing her part to “help repair the world”. We think this is so awesome! Jessica runs two workshops and is the author of two books on eating disorders. The resources she provides are informative and definitely something to check out....
Resources for Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Resources for Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

On The Blog: Empowered Eating Resources   By Alex Raymond, RD, LD The wealth of information available on the internet, including posts on our own blog, Empowered Eating, can be a great resource for everyone involved in eating disorder recovery.  I say everyone involved because different resources benefit different people. I’ve divided articles with important facts on eating disorder recognition and recovery into three groups: support for those in recovery, family and friends who have a loved one with an eating disorder, and for those thinking about reaching out for help for the first time. If you fall into any of these categories or just want to be more educated on eating disorders, these are some wonderful resources written by dietitians. For in Recovery All of these posts offer information on self-care, meal planning when in recovery, different treatment options, and general recovery information.   All About Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Come to Our Eating Disorders Support Group Today: Eating Disorder Support Group Maryland: Continue Along Your Recovery Journey How to Know If It’s Time to Return to Exercise: Returning to Exercise when in Recovery Recovery Cards for Mealtime Inspiration Empowered Eating Success Story: How a Dietitian Can Help With Recovery 10 Recovery Songs to Feel Empowered Today Great Books on Nutrition, Dieting, and Eating Disorders How to Feel Better in Your Body When Recovering from an Eating Disorder 7 Things You Can Do to Feel Better About Your Body Mindfulness Training Tips: How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout the Day Avoiding Relapse from an Eating Disorder “My Recovery Affirmations:” Affirmations that May Help You Recover from an Eating Disorder Telling...

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