Category Archives: Body Shame

The Dangers of Body Shame: How to Overcome Negative Self-Talk

The Dangers of Body Shame: How to Overcome Negative Self-Talk Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt dissatisfaction with your body? Do you find yourself constantly comparing your appearance to others, or obsessing over your flaws? If so, you may be experiencing body shame. Body shame is a common issue that affects individuals […]

New Book on Eating Disorder Recovery by Anne Cuthbert

25 Years of Experience Working with People with Eating Disorders Anne Cuthbert has been working with people with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns for 25 years. Emotions play a huge role in having eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. Disordered eating is just a way to keep feelings pushed down. It’s a coping […]

Eating Disorders Counseling Center

Eating Disorders Counseling Center Did you know that more women than men have eating disorders? Learn more about eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. An example of other specified feeding and eating disorders is “atypical anorexia nervosa”. This category includes individuals who may have lost a lot of weight and whose behaviors […]

Food Is Not the Enemy is Partnering with Hello Life Eating Disorder Recovery Services

Hello Life Eating Disorder Recovery Services received a $10,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation to offer its first professionally-led support group. The Longview nonprofit is partnering with Food is Not the Enemy of Vancouver to offer the free group to Cowlitz County adults for a year, according to a press release. Hello Life provides […]

3 Things You Can Do to Help Yourself Feel Better at Every Size

Regardless of the size of your jeans, you deserve to feel good about yourself. With a mindset that comes from taking proactive steps on the road to good physical and emotional health, you can develop a positive self-image that will stay with you all the time. Here are three things you can do to feel […]

Battling an Eating Disorder: When Bulimia Becomes a True American Idol Sized Problem

Battling an Eating Disorder: When Bulimia Becomes a True American Idol Sized Problem In a People Magazine article, American Idol contestant, Katherine McPhee disclosed that she has secretly suffered from bulimia for the past five years. It was her success in television’s American Idol competition that inspired her to come forward and get help to recover from […]

Eating Disorders and the Narcissist

Eating Disorders and the Narcissist Patients suffering from eating disorders binge on food and sometimes are both anorectic and bulimic. This is an impulsive behaviour as defined by the DSM (particularly in the case of BPD and to a lesser extent of Cluster B disorders in general). Some patients develop these disorders as a way to self-mutilate. It […]

Information on Eating Disorders

Do you struggle with your weight? A large percent of modern America suffer from issues regarding weight. Now, while a number of these individuals are literally overweight, many others are not. In fact, eating disorders have become a standard affliction amongst today’s society. The big question now is; how thin is too thin? This dilemma draws from […]

Food for Thought – Health or Belonging

If you knew for sure that you could be healthy no matter your body size, would you still want to be thin? Is it really about health, as you say, or is it about trying to fit in? We all need to belong! It’s in our DNA. If the price of admission is thinness of […]

Food for Thought – If Your Hunger Could Talk

What if your hunger could talk? What would it say? What does it want you to know? Take a breath right now and ask your hunger what it wants. And then listen, really listen – without judgment if you can. Do this when you are hungry and when you aren’t. Is there a difference in […]

Battle the Binge, Not Your Emotions

When I look back at my life with disordered eating and body image, it’s hard to remember how difficult and challenging it all was. I remember most strongly comparing myself to every woman I saw. I remember wanting so badly to “just starve myself to make everything better.” I remember exercising on and off and […]

How I’m Going to Face My Fear of Criticism

Sitting over a latte, a new friend talked about how he was terrified of criticism from others when he decided to step out and show the world who he really is. As I was listening, what easily surfaced was my own fear of putting my book (written for all of you) out to the world. […]

The Link Between Love and Eating Disorders, Part 3

The Secret to Healing: Feel Your Feelings So you use food to push down your feelings. That’s okay. Millions of women (and men) do too. You are not alone! But you can get out of this pattern. As I’ve mentioned in the last two articles, the way to heal is to feel your feelings. It […]

The Link Between Love and Eating Disorders, Part 2

What is Disordered Eating There are three types of eating. There’s “normal” eating. If you’re reading this article, you may not be too familiar with this type of eating. Perhaps you’re more familiar with “deprivation sensitive eating” and “emotional eating.” Deprivation Sensitive Eating Deprivation sensitive eating is the eating you do when you deprive yourself […]

Do You Suffer from Exercise Resistance?

You know you’re supposed to exercise. You know it’s good for you. You know you should like it and want to do it. But…You. Don’t. Seem. To. Be. Able. To. Get. Up. And. Go! You may be suffering from the condition of Exercise Resistance! You’ve likely heard about compulsive (or addictive) exercising. You may wish you were […]

Does Food Addiction Really Exist

People love to make food the enemy. They blame food for giving them a big butt, tummy and thighs. They blame food for breaking up marriages and causing problems in relationships. They blame food for making them undesirable, unlovable and unhealthy. They even blame food for causing them to be out of control. But… food […]

What is normal eating anyway?

Do you have no idea what “normal” eating is? Do you wish you could eat like normal people but can’t? Normal eating may not be what you think it is… Normal eating is being able to eat when you are hungry and continue eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food […]

Food Rules

The fashion world gives us lots of rules for dressing. They tell us what to wear and how we’re supposed to look in it. Nutrition is also fashionable. They tell us what to eat and how it’s supposed to be “good” for us. Of course, no one agrees about what really is nutritious! Everyone has […]

Food is Not the Enemy, Shame is

Shame. Likely the emotion you hate to feel the most. It gets pushed down and is often felt at the core of your struggles. Shame about food. Shame about your body. Shame about who you are. It’s painful. No doubt about it. And it’s also okay to feel shame. There are two types of shame. […]

If You’re going to Eat it, You may as well Taste it

Mmmm, pizza! You love pizza and you really want some. “NO! You can’t have pizza,” you angrily tell yourself. “Pizza is BAD for me!” So you go to the fridge and find a bag of carrots. Sitting in front of the TV, you eat your carrots. They aren’t great, but they are “good for me” […]

More love in 2014

Last week I sent you an article talking about the lack of love in my life and how I needed to find it for myself. I talked about how this was key to loving my body and letting go of obsessing about food. If you didn’t get a chance to read it and want to, […]

Giving Up Dieting is Not Giving Up

Happy New Year! 2014 Here We Come! I find the beginning of the New Year to be an exciting time (once I get over the fact that another year has passed). I love the idea of intentions and yearly themes. Certainly not as a way to promise something and then feel like a failure in […]

Understand Your Family, Understand Yourself

Family. There’s nothing quite like them. They can be great. They can be fun. They can understand you more than anyone. They can also drive you crazy! They know your buttons and they can push them faster and better than anyone. After all, that’s what family is for, right? Your relationship with your family dictates […]

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