Recovery

The Self-Care Master Post: Ideas, Inspiration & More!

By: 
NEDA Communications Team

Taking time to care for yourself is an important part of recovery from an eating disorder. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation....” With that in mind, we've compiled a master list of ideas, inspiration, tips and tidbits to help you find the kind of self-care that works for you! Take a look and feel free to experiment!

Look at inspiring messages and images online!

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5 Ways to Shut Down Body Bashing This Holiday Season

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Pooja Patel, Proud2Bme Contributor

Originally posted to Proud2Bme.org.

The holidays can be tough! Attempting to juggle the stresses of constantly being surrounded by food and people is A LOT, especially if you struggle with an eating disorder or weight-related issues.

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Turning My Mess Into my Message

By: 
Nikki DuBose

As a little girl, my mother and I would sit on the sofa and watch television together. I remember being fascinated by cosmetic commercials as the supermodels floated across the screen, with seemingly flawless skin and long, flowing hair. I wanted to be apart of that world more than anything, and wondered if there was a place for me there, somehow, someday.

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3 Tips for Coping with Triggers in Eating Disorder Recovery

By: 
Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LGSW

We live in a society where we are inundated with messages that promote diet-culture, the “thin ideal” of female beauty, and serve to glamorize excessive exercise. For individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder, recovering within a cultural climate of unhealthy attitudes towards food and exercise can be tough. However, full recovery and freedom from the food and exercise obsession is entirely possible.

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An Introduction to Nutritional Therapy

By: 
Kira Rakova, Communications Intern

Given the complex nature of eating disorders, they often require a professional team approach. That is, eating disorder recovery requires the combined involvement of professionals, including: registered dieticians, psychiatrists, therapists, and general practitioners. However, many individuals do not understand who registered dieticians are or what role nutritional therapy plays in the recovery process.

So who are Registered Dietitians?

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Would I benefit from calling the NEDA Helpline?

By: 
Lauren Smolar, Helpline Manager

Wondering if you could benefit from calling NEDA's confidential, toll-free Helpline? Check out some common scenarios below to find out the answer to the question...would I benefit from calling the NEDA Helpline?

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Recovering Around a "Backdrop of Disorder"

By: 
Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD

Does every woman really have an eating disorder? Of course not. I wrote my book, and started the blog that inspired it, to shed light on the incidence of subthreshold eating disorders, now called Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) and subclinical presentations, commonly referred to as disordered eating. One thing I had noticed in fifteen years of working with patients with eating problems was that just because someone didn’t meet full criteria for anorexia or bulimia (or now binge eating disorder) didn’t mean that her struggle wasn’t real.

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The Journey to Recovery: Advice by and for Parents of Children Recovering from an Eating Disorder

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The Members of NEDA's Parents, Friends & Family Network

There is no ‘quick fix’

There’s no easy solution to an eating disorder, and the road to recovery can be exhausting. Prepare for it like you would any journey: build a good team, educate yourself, ask for help when you need it, and always remember that recovery IS possible.

Learn, read, research and educate

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#NEDAwareness Wisdom for Parents!

By: 
Caitlin Hamilton, Media & Communications Manager

During NEDAwareness Week, we asked parents to share messages of hope and encouragement about supporting your child through the process of recovery from an eating disorder by using the hashtag #NEDAwareness so parents everywhere can benefit from the words of wisdom! 

What has helped you most? What advice would you share with a parent who’s child is currently struggling? What was the best advice you ever heard when you were going through a tough time as a care taker? Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that has been helpful for you?  

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An Athlete Discovers Her True Strength - Imperfection

By: 
Kally Fayhee

Life is often defined by measurements. Our age, income, hours we spend working/sleeping/watching TV - the list could go on and on. These external measurements become the way we define success. And in sport, being defined by a specific measurement becomes even more evident. In the end, it seems that measurements define an entire career. 

My name is Kally Fayhee and from the age of 12, my life was been defined by one thing - swimming. Now, as a 23 year old, I’m learning to define my life by something other than the measurements we use every day to define success.

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