Posts Tagged ‘Recovery Resources’

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Navigating the Doldrums of Eating Disorder Recovery

There are areas of ocean near the equator known as the doldrums. Known for stagnant, humid, and windless weather interrupted by erratic storms. In the age of sailing, sailors could be adrift for days or even weeks on end, waiting for the wind. Sails flat. Wake non-existent. Adrift.

As the parent of a child with an eating disorder, I have been on that boat. Adrift. Days running together. Small victories. Marginal setbacks. A sudden storm that vanishes as quickly as it appeared. Just waiting for the wind.

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Managing Seasonal Change in Eating Disorder Recovery

Although in many parts of the country it still feels like summer, fall has officially begun! While many people look forward to the fall season, the seasonal change and the season itself can cause an increase in stressors for individuals who are in recovery from an eating disorder.

Here are five important tips to help you effectively navigate the seasonal change in recovery.

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Recovery Isn’t A Straight Line

Recently my daughter has had some setbacks in her recovery.

This is normal. Very normal.

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Do The Work

After her diagnosis and once we knew her admission date into residential, my daughter asked one question.

“When can I come home?”

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Cultivating Positive Body Image

Every day, Americans are inundated with approximately 4,000 media messages. Many of the messages target our kids with distorted ideas about how they should look and act. Kids of all ages and adults often perceive messages and images on social media as authentic, rather than taking into account that many of these photos have been filtered, digitally altered, or worse, completely distorted.

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The Collaborative Kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

The changing seasons often trigger a myriad of emotions in individuals with eating disorders. These emotions can range from excitement, anticipation, and joy, to fear, worry, and dread. Many of these emotions revolve around the seasonal variety of foods that are served during the fall and winter holidays. Holiday foods can often be “fear foods” or “trigger foods” for patients with eating disorders. In addition, many holidays are centered around social eating.

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The Collaborative Kitchen: Butternut Squash & Sage Lasagna

Normalizing eating behaviors is one of the main goals during eating disorder treatment and recovery, and a process that is particularly challenging. Individuals with eating disorders often have elevated anxiety and describe extreme beliefs about the potential consequences of eating.

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Homemade Guacamole

The Collaborative Kitchen: Homemade Guacamole Recipe

Recovering from an eating disorder requires intentional effort, and people often look for guidance on how to prioritize goals that support a positive recovery. One of the main priorities shown in research to enhance recovery is improving the body’s nutritional state. When an individual is engaged in eating disordered behaviors, they become poorly nourished. An inadequate nutritional state perpetuates these behaviors, which make treatment and recovery more difficult. Therapy and medication are also less effective in a malnourished state further highlighting the importance of targeting proper nutrition for a more positive outcome.

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Art Therapy: A Visual Record of the Eating Disorder Road to Recovery

Creative expression and authentic emotions are often silenced by the presence of an eating disorder. As a nonverbal language, art therapy can facilitate the process of slowly uncovering and unearthing the creative self that may be hidden under layers of shame and guilt.

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We Are Brave

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to share my story as a caregiver at the Veritas Collaborative community event in Atlanta, GA.

During the question and answer, a parent of a child with an eating disorder shared their experience – mentioning several times how scared they were and how they wished they were “brave like me”.

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Caregiver Self-Care: Taking Care of You

This is written by the parent of a child with an eating disorder. The author walked with his child through treatment at Veritas Collaborative and is now on a mission to give a voice – and an honest perspective – to eating disorder recovery. 

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The First Step to Recovery

It was an evening in January. A school night. I cooked an Italian dish, I can’t remember exactly what it was.

It was medicine.

I knew my daughter was developing an eating disorder. Her therapist thought so too. I had read several books, consulted websites, and even had a long phone conversation with a noted author and parent who had fought this battle before.

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A Parent’s Perspective on Recovery

Recently there was a discussion in a Facebook group for ED caregivers about what recovery looks like. A lot of the answers were the same. Stable weight. Intuitive eating. Less reliance on meal plans. Reduced ED behaviors. Or being completely behavior-free.

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Stress Awareness Month: 9 Ways to Practice Self-Care

In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we are sharing 9 ways to practice self-care in recovery.

Self-care can sometimes be the same as self-preservation and in your recovery, it’s a necessity and also a healthy way to find peace and joy. Regular self-care is a critical part of sustaining recovery from an eating disorder.

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Recovery: The Journey to Uninhibited Joy

For persons recovering from an eating disorder, it can feel unsettling and sometimes impossible to stay in one place. There is a certain restlessness and inquietude that often accompanies an eating disorder – a desire to escape or run away from the discomfort you may feel within your own body.

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Oatmeal Cookies

The Collaborative Kitchen: Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

With the new year in full swing, we are bombarded with post-holiday diet talk and “new year, new you” messages that inevitably encourage New Year resolutions centered on outward transformation. We see this trend year after year, yet, research suggests that 95% of diets fail (note: diets fail, not you).  In addition, for individuals in recovery from an eating disorder, these messages can be triggering and can quickly interrupt hopes for freedom from disordered eating.

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Practicing Mindfulness Through Music

As we grow from infancy to adulthood, our preferences, beliefs, and senses of self undergo dramatic shifts. Friends come and go, relationships with family change, and music comforts us, emboldens us, cries and laughs with us along the way.

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Yoga on the Path to Eating Disorder Recovery

Yoga is an ideal component of therapy for individuals with eating disorders. The word “yoga,” translated from Sanskrit, means yoke, the union of self with the divine, of mind and body. The practice fits in especially well with the therapeutic model that is followed at Veritas Collaborative, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: learning radical acceptance while acknowledging the need for change.

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