When I look at my practice over the last 12 years or so, and think of all the clients who have come to me with disordered eating of some type, I am struck by the commonalities linking those who succeed and those who stop coming. I find the same in
Do you have an addictive pattern?
Destructive eating A highly effective way to blot out your life. Do you want to dull your emotions? Do you want to avoid painful or extreme feelings? Or tune out what happened today, yesterday, or even last year? Do you want to stop your mind from churning because of what
Food Addiction is real, and now there’s proof! The title of this blog may seem obvious to you, but many in the medical and psychiatric community have doubted if food addiction is real. And now, ample evidence has been provided in a brand new textbook, currently available on Amazon, called
I’ve always liked making up words, but back in the day, long before social media, that was frowned upon. So now I use the word “frenemy” in relation to food because to me, that means food is both a friend and an enemy, and has been so for a very
1 in 4 North American women will experience rape or sexual assault during their lifetime ¹ Rape, sexual assault, closely linked to eating disorders² The minimization and denial of trauma is nothing new, and people working with individuals who have been sexually abused or assaulted know this from sad experience.
Do you have a junk food problem? Junk food definition (according to Merriam-Webster): (1)Food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content (2) Something that is appealing or enjoyable but of little or no real value We as a society are making people fatter. Over the years, the
What recovery from binge-eating isn’t … Many years ago, while I was still in the worst throes of compulsively binge-eating, I defined recovery from binge-eating quite differently than I would today. At the top of my what-is-recovery list back then … being permanently “thin” (with its false promise of never-ending
Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW for short) in Canada, the USA and the UK is usually celebrated sometime in February. And in Canada, apparently, the appropriate color to wear is purple, although I have no idea why. Was everything else taken? Or is there some significance between eating disorders and
Is secret eating a thing for you? This article on secret eating was first published by Recovery Warriors, a site “dedicated to boosting the emotional intelligence and resilience of people struggling with depression, anxiety and eating disorders.” Janie stood at the refrigerator in the dark, eating ice-cream with her fingers.