One of the most common myths about eating disorders is that they are a choice or that they are the individual’s fault. I struggled with this misconception a lot, especially when people would tell me to “just eat!” and I couldn’t explain to them why that felt impossible. I got stuck in a spiral of […]Read more "Eating Disorders and the Brain"
I would never wish an eating disorder on my worst enemy. Recovery is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had, but it is also one of the most painful, and I would never wish that on anyone. I would never wish for someone to understand what it means to have an eating […]Read more "Correcting 3 Common Misconceptions About Eating Disorders"
Happy December, also known as the best month of the year! Welcome to the second part of my holiday blog series. Last time, I chatted about working through Thanksgiving dinner during eating disorder recovery. Today, we are talking about pushing past memories that may resurface during a certain time of year. I first got sick […]Read more "Focusing on the Good in the Holiday Season"
It’s that time of year. The time that is both my favorite and least favorite for vastly different reasons. The time that is full of comfort, relaxation, togetherness, the perfect weather, and just… good vibes (for lack of a better word). But it’s also the time that reminds me of some of the hardest moments […]Read more "Tips and Reminders for Surviving the Holiday Season in Recovery"
Eating disorders often aren’t talked about until they become explicitly relevant in a person’s life. They are heartbreakingly more common than they should be, but they still aren’t normalized. Those who struggle with an eating disorder and then begin recovery are often unaware of what is happening to their bodies. I only knew about anorexia […]Read more "Physical Effects of Refeeding in Recovery (+ How it Gets Better!)"
Over the years, my relationship with exercise has undergone constant transformation. In a nutshell, I have always loved to move, but not in the form of “traditional” sports like soccer or basketball. I liked the sports that were more expressive, graceful, and technical, like gymnastics, ice skating, and dance. I wanted to do a sport […]Read more "My Dance Journey + Healing My Relationship with Exercise"
I became vegan in recovery from a severe eating disorder. This is a highly controversial topic, but I thought I would take a stab at discussing it based on my experience. *Bear in mind that I am not a dietician or otherwise qualified health professional, so everything I discuss below is MY experience. So the […]Read more "Can You Be Vegan in Recovery from an Eating Disorder?"
Eating disorders not only wreak havoc on your body and mind but also your relationships. When I was deep in my eating disorder, I lost some of my best friends, the people I thought would be there for me for the rest of my life. I lost even more throughout my recovery journey. As I’m […]Read more "Friendships in Eating Disorder Recovery"
Dance has always held a special place in my heart. As a naturally quiet and reserved person, dance was how I expressed the pieces of myself I couldn’t through words. However, as my body image issues worsened in my early adolescent years, it became the thing I dreaded most, rather than what I looked forward […]Read more "How I Returned to Competitive Dance During Recovery From an Eating Disorder"