Thanks to everyone who has participated in NEDAwareness Week. Last night, I was a part of a wonderful event at Marquette University. As this week closes, I want to post another message from NEDA: Help is Available, and Recovery is Possible. While eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses, there is help available and recovery really is possible. Although it can be a long journey to wellness, the benefits are for a lifetime to enjoy.…

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An interesting discussion went on a while ago on my Food and Feelings message board (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foodandfeelings) regarding the role of spirituality in helping people change their relationship with food and their bodies. Obviously, change can happen with or without being a spiritual person. I’ve seen amazing transformations by folks who are highly religious and those who are total non-believers. What’s important is for you to identify and utilize what works for you.

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Dear Readers,                 I’m just back from viewing two very good new films about eating disorders that I would like to recommend to you. Swept is a short film about a brother visiting his sister while she is in a residential treatment center for an eating disorder.  Beauty Mark is a documentary about former champion tri-athlete Diane Israel, whose obsessive drive for athletic perfection, eating disorder and work as a psychotherapist led her on a…

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Dear Readers,                 In the past two days, two interesting diet/nutrition stories have appeared in the media that confirm what Marcia and I have been saying for years now. The first was the release yesterday of the results of a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that when it comes to dieting, it’s not so much what kind of diet you choose, it’s the total number of calories consumed that…

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Dear Readers,                 It’s wonderful to see my inbox flooded with events across the country planned in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This is the week that eating disorders advocates pull out all the stops, mount their biggest outreach campaigns of the year, and for a brief week, manage to grab a slice of the public’s fragmented attention.                 The tireless support and advocacy organization NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), for example, has…

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Thanks to everyone who is helping with NEDAwareness Week! Here is another important message from NEDA:Eating disorders are illnesses, not choices Eating disorders are complex conditions that arise from a combination of long-standing behavioral, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, biological and social factors. While eating disorders may begin with preoccupations with food and weight, they are about much more than food. Everyday, researchers are discovering more about the influence of genetics on eating disorders and finding that…

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I was talking to a phone client about her stuckness and she admitted that behind it is a giant fear of failure. You, too, may believe that your history is your future, especially if you’ve struggled with food for decades and gained and lost weight repeatedly. Dread of once again not achieving or maintaining your goals may keep you from pursuing them.


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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is almost here! Visit www.myneda.org for more information and to find a list of events being held across the country. I highly encourage you to get out and attend an event or two. If you live in or around Milwaukee, Wisconsin, please visit me! See http://www.jennischaefer.com/calendar.php for details. Throughout the week, I will be posting important messages from the National Eating Disorders Association. Here is one: Be comfortable in your…

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We all have difficult people in our lives—family members, neighbors, co-workers. Notice  that I didn’t mention friends or romantic partners because we can choose them and shouldn’t be cozying up to folks who are regularly hard to deal with and don’t bring us oodles of joy and pleasure. One of the triggers that provokes you to abuse food might be the difficult people in your life, so it pays to learn to how to handle them effectively.


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Hello! Many of you guys know that I write for a great recovery newspaper called Steps for Recovery. Well, I read in the last issue of Steps that the paper is going through a difficult time. They are in immediate need for the recovery community's help and/or financial assistance. Steps is a a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible. If you have it in your heart to help out, please email mail@steps4recovery.org or call…

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