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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...
Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays

Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD. Aah, the holidays are right around the corner…… Even though Christmas stuff has been out in the stores since August. Sure, the holidays can be a joyful time for many of us. I personally remember loving the holidays growing up. I got to travel to my grandparents’, hang out by fire, eat some cookies, and most importantly, I didn’t have to go to school. Nowadays, the holidays are a bit different… I wind up traveling to see my mom or dad who live out west. My apartment sadly doesn’t have a fireplace, but I’ll snuggle under a blanket. And, I still eat cookies… As wonderful as the holidays can be, they can also be extremely stressful. When healing from an eating disorder, being around food, maybe moving less, hanging out with family, can all be triggers to increased ED thoughts about food and body. With many of my clients, we spend time discussing these triggers and possible healthy coping tools. That’s why I created this holiday guide. I wanted to give my clients space to brainstorm ideas about the holidays (struggles, excitements, plans, worries…etc) and different coping tools to use. You can refer back to this guide throughout the holidays when you feel you need a reminder of what to do. I’d encourage you to add to it and to use with various members of your treatment team. Click here to Download the Guide to ED Recovery During Holidays Worksheet     I also wanted to use this blog to talk about some coping skills to use, especially on the big family gathering days:   ...
From College Girl to College Girl: Quick Meals for Apartment Living

From College Girl to College Girl: Quick Meals for Apartment Living

This is a throwback post to when I was a college student. I loved writing blogs back then. Me and my best friend, Shelby Santin, wrote tagged teamed and wrote these blogs together. I edited it a bit to make sure it aligns with my message today. -Alex Raymond Yes, it’s tough. Between studying and work and extracurriculars, finding time to make yourself meals seems impossible. It’s important to remember that feeding yourself is a very basic form of self care. That’s why we’re here to help! Here are some of our favorite 10 minutes or less meals. (these meals tend to be less messy, so it’s a quick clean up too!!) Staple foods: Here is a list of some non-perishables that you could always have in your apartment. You can make tons of meals with these. Beans—chick peas, black beans, kidney beans… all the beans! Canned tuna, salmon, and chicken Pasta (obviously) Instant Rice Frozen Veggies (these are cheaper than fresh too!) Spinach Mixed stir fry veggies Broccoli Mixed Peppers Frozen chicken breast, tilapia, salmon Frozen meals   Breakfast: *You can even make these two breakfasts in a dorm room. No kitchen required!* Overnight Oats: Assemble the night before, and you have a protein-packed, grab-and-go breakfast 1/3 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup plain yogurt 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk (use less to make the oatmeal thicker) ½ banana Cinnamon Feel free to add other fruits to the oatmeal, like berries. You can also top it with nut butter in the morning. I personally like crunchy peanut butter! Eggs In A Mug: All you need is a coffee mug...
What is Recovery from an Eating Disorder? Carolyn Costin Answers

What is Recovery from an Eating Disorder? Carolyn Costin Answers

  Looking for inspiration? In our support group this week, the question came up about what is true recovery from an Eating Disorder? I really like Carolyn Costin’s definition of true recovery: “Being recovered is when a person can accept his or her natural body size and shape and no longer has a self-destructive relationship with food or exercise. When you are recovered, food and weight take a proper perspective in your life, and what you weigh is not more important than who you are; in fact, actual numbers are of little or no importance at all. When recovered, you will not compromise your health or betray your soul to look a certain way, wear a certain size, or reach a certain number on a scale. When you are recovered you do not use eating disorder behaviors to deal with, distract from, or cope with other problems.” Follow our blog to hear from our clients what recovery looks like to them.  What would recovery look like to you? What is the next best step for you to take to be further on the road to your true recovery? I hope to see you at our next support group meeting!  For information on our support groups visit this link.  We have a variety of support groups in our Columbia and Greenbelt Maryland offices.  We also offer virtual support. If you are interested in finding out more about our Empowered Eating Program, reach out to us at admin@empoweredeatingrd.com.   Note: This blog was edited and re-posted from April 9,...
Prioritizing your Recovery this Year without Falling into the ‘New Years Resolutions’ Trap

Prioritizing your Recovery this Year without Falling into the ‘New Years Resolutions’ Trap

New Year’s Nutrition Resolutions I am fairly certain that most everyone that is suffering, or has suffered, with an eating disorder, has looked to the start of a new year, as a fresh start, maybe a “re-do”, for the year ahead.  The New Year brings about this overwhelming mindset that we must set these unrealistic goals, often ones we have set in the past, that within a few days, weeks, or months, leaves us feeling like we have once again failed, either failed in recovery, or failed at our eating disorder. Resolutions can cause hopelessness I know for myself when I was in the depths of my eating disorder, the start of a new year saddened me because I was yet again stuck in this disease, feeling like I had gone no where, maybe even feeling like I had moved backwards, which was so overwhelming, and caused a sense of hopelessness. Having lived with an eating disorder for many years, I remember even the start of the next day bringing with it the same unrealistic goals that the New Year brings for those suffering with an eating disorder: Tomorrow Resolutions “Tomorrow I: will stop purging” won’t binge” will tell someone” promise I will follow my meal plan” will really start my recovery” won’t get mad at my parents” Tomorrow vs Next Year All of the “tomorrows” in these statements above are so often replaced with “This Year”, at the start of a new year: This Year’s Resoultions “This year, I: will stop purging” won’t binge” will tell someone” promise to follow my meal plan” will really start my recovery”...

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