I probably use the words “our relationship with food” at least once a day working with clients, posting on my message board, or in my writings, but I never stopped to think about the meaning of the phrase until a Food and Feelings message board member shared her thoughts on their usage. What exactly do we mean when we say we have a relationship with food?
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- Why Feeling Cold Can Be a Dangerous Sign in Anorexia Nervosa Happy Monday friends! Once again, I’m going to discuss a topic that can help you combat the “I’m Fine Syndrome” – a term we at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders use to explain when a patient is in denial about the severity of his or her eating disorder. The subject is temperature regulation, and this one isn’t about life-threatening medical complications so much as it is about knowing your body when you’re in your disorder so that you can use good objective evidence of body suffering with your wise mind in order to combat the mean lies and distortions ... 229 views
This month’s Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery message seems especially timely as spring approaches. I just saw my first red robin – the robin is my favorite bird (other than the cockatiel, of course).
I hope you enjoy the message! 🙂
You, Too, Can Renew
Each month I answer recovery questions and share insights in a newsletter I call Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery.
The newsletter is just one of the many ways that we can connect together to share the challenges and victories of our complementary recovery journeys. I get so many questions from readers, and I also get to share my favorite movies, books, and “aha moments” that I have discovered in the preceding month.
I thought I would share this month’s message with you here as well, because it is spring, and everywhere we see nature renewing itself….and one of the most amazing examples of that is right here in my hometown of Houston, Texas!
You, Too, Can Renew
No, this month’s title is not a Dr. Suess riddle (although I flatter myself that the late, great Doctor would be proud.)
There is a wonderful park not too far from my house. We Houstonians are very grateful for it, because there isn’t too much green space left for us in a city of more than 6 million folks.
Last summer, after 2 months of over-100 degree temperatures and no rainfall, most of the stately, ancient trees at our beautiful park died.
This spring, the park crews have spent the better part of each week digging up dead tree after dead tree, turning the formerly beautiful green park into a sea of mud and dust.
And yet when I went to the park to go jogging this past week, I saw something so remarkable!
Just a few short weeks after the big ancient trees were pulled up by their roots, new tiny trees are already making their way skyward.
Life is so resilient.
If these courageous treelets can do it, you can do it too. I can do it. WE can do it.
We can renew.
You, too, can renew.
With great respect and love,
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Last week, Melanie, one of my college-student patients told me about an over-the-top Vogue article she read in the current issue. The piece was about a mom who put her seven-year old daughter on a diet. Melanie thinks that it will be a miracle if this young girl doesn’t develop an eating disorder. Melanie said "it took much more subtle pressure from my dad to keep my weight down to set me up for my…