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The Swimsuit

The Swimsuit

It’s almost summer, which means it’s almost swimsuit season. Do you dread swimsuit season? Well maybe my experience can help you. As part of my recent vacation planning, I kept a running list of items, including sandals for my one-year old, a beach umbrella, and a new...

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Invisible Scars

Invisible Scars

I got my first scar at five years old. I was playing at a friend’s house and bent down to pet their Scottish terrier. I accidentally surprised the terrier, and he greeted my advance by tearing flesh off my face. I remember warm towels and the feel of wiry stitches...

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Body Image and Your Younger Self

Body Image and Your Younger Self

One of the more difficult parts about recovering from an eating disorder is healing your relationship with your body. This is often so difficult because your relationship with your body has been developing since you were young, reinforced by external messaging time...

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Honor Your Health: Gentle Nutrition

Honor Your Health: Gentle Nutrition

“Make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel good. Remember that you don’t have to eat perfectly to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or become unhealthy, from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s...

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Discovering Comfort in Eating Recovery

Discovering Comfort in Eating Recovery

  Did you have a comfort object as a young kid? Maybe a special blanket, or a stuffed animal? When I was little, my aunt gave me a small, white teddy bear named Theodore. Theodore went with me everywhere. Theodore was not only the stuffie I slept with every night, but...

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Lessons from Vienna

Lessons from Vienna

 My all time favorite song is Vienna by Billy Joel. Every time it begins playing, I feel the need to sink into my chair, close my eyes, and soak in all of its goodness and wisdom. Over the years I have learned a few lessons from the lyrics that I would like to share...

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Changing Old Stories

Changing Old Stories

 The other day, I listened to a podcast and heard the host say, "girls never forget anything." ​In my experience, I would say that's true. I remember everything, especially language. A big one is from when I was 12. I was in gym class, and we had to learn all about...

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Airplane Wings and Us

Airplane Wings and Us

  “I just don’t let things bother me.” Ever heard someone say this? Deep breath. I have reactions and thoughts, but first let me share a short story. I remember one time I was on a particularly turbulent airplane ride. I had the window seat overlooking the wing. I...

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The Lie of Black and White

The Lie of Black and White

One therapy modality I use most is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapeutic method shows the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. One of the central tenets of CBT is that our brains all make “cognitive errors.” Basically, this means that...

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Seasons of Life

Seasons of Life

As I am growing and changing, I continue to learn one lesson over and over, which is that life is made up of many seasons. I’m not talking about the spring, summer, fall, winter kind of seasons, I’m speaking about the many changes we experience as humans living in...

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