A minimum healthy weight as the lowest weight at which a person can maintain healthy function (including regular periods for women and normal testosterone levels for men), meet nutritional needs, and not engage in eating disordered behaviors and thinking.
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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 ... 287 views
As of 2013, BMI below 18.5 is the new diagnostic guideline for anorexia nervosa. I would hope we don’t want to require models to be at weight that is of anorexia nervosa, a life threatening condition with high mortality.
The May edition of “Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery” has just come out and I wanted to share the inspiring message with you here as well! Enjoy! 🙂
You CAN Trust
For some reason (okay, many reasons) I’ve been contemplating trust lately.
I have struggled and struggled to feel trust in my life – with situations, with other people, but most of all with me.
Sometimes it has felt like I even understand love, ultimately mystery that it is, better than I understand trust.
But then (just a few days ago actually) I realized something.
They are the same.
In order for love to be love, and not desire or some other equally unwelcome substitute, it must be felt unconditionally.
Trust is the same way.
In order for trust to be trust, it has to be felt whether the thing or person (ourselves or someone else) being trusted behaves in a trustworthy manner or not.
In other words, the trust is not in getting what we want or avoiding what we do not want. Rather, the trust is in trusting we will get through it – with the totality of our precious and unrepeatable human-beingness intact – whether we get what we want or avoid what we do not want….or not.
You know that old adage about how if you love something or someone, you must let it go, and if it comes back to you, that is how you know it is meant for you?
Trust has the exact same quality.
Which is why (this is so perfect – can’t believe it took me 41 years to figure this out!) trusting ourselves is so innate to everything that we are.
It is a part of who we are. It IS who we are.
Trust is who I am.
It is who you are.
No matter what happens – or doesn’t – I just keep coming back to me.
You keep showing up for YOU in your own life, moment by moment, day after day, and whether you even think or realize you are doing it or not.
Which proves – in the most incontrovertible way – that you CAN trust…..you, your life, you in your life.
Because you already do.
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When your mind is tempted to believe that powerless is all you ever have been, are now, or ever will be, instead affirm for yourself these or similar words: I am only powerless when I refuse to acknowledge the power that my eating disorder has over me. Once I do this, I gain access to an inexhaustible source of strength and power. (-Quote from Beating Ana)
Your imagination can take you in two different directions – imagining how powerful Ed is, and how much your life is going to suck every moment you spend with Ed….
OR…..imagining how powerful YOU are, how scared Ed is of your power, and how GREAT your life is going to be when Ed is gone for good.
Hi Everyone, Just wanted to let you know that my memoir, Something Spectacular, is being released online tomorrow! It will be in stores the first week of June 🙂
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