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People who know memay consider me to be a “healthy person” but in reality, most of my adult life I’ve teetered near the point of death, both literally and figuratively. Some might argue that what pushed me to this point was my battle with anorexia. In the past I would have agreed with them, but the more years I put between me and my disorder, the more I realize that my poor health was the result of a larger battle with myself – the eating disorder just served as the mask. 

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Continued from Volume 7, Issue 1 of Making Connections

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One writes to capture and crystallize one's joy, but also to disperse one's gloom.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, War Within & Without: Diaries and letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1939 – 1944

CRYSTALLIZING JOY

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Recientemente , he creado una pagina web de los trastornos alimenticios y la imagen corporal positiva en español (www.ser1mismo.org) para construir un recurso y ofrecer ayuda a aquellos que luchan en la comunidad que habla español . Creo firmemente en el poder de la comunidad que nos ayuda a cada uno a tomar esos pequeños pasos todos los días para llegar a donde queremos estar .

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“To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul.” — Victoria Moran, “Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

While Valentine’s Day has been celebrated in various ways for centuries, no one knows exactly how it started. One popular account credits St. Valentine, a man who was imprisoned for performing forbidden marriages in ancient Rome. During his imprisonment, he became a healer.

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When I want to spice up my writing, I turn to Kathleen Adams'  Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth.  Adams writes in the preface, “...this book approaches journal writing from the standpoint of techniques—different ways to write that will not only add variety but can also help maximize the clarity and effectiveness of the journal.”  Using the List of 100 technique islike taking an elevator a few layers down inside me, where the doors open into surprising new ideas. 

LIST OF 100

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About ten years ago, I got intensely interested in the complex world of eating disorders after reading a newspaper article about a teenage boy with anorexia—which shocked me, because I’d had no idea boys or men could even get eating disorders.  Of course, this was only my first shock.

I dove into the subject and read everything I could get my hands on—novels, nonfiction books, articles; I watched personal accounts on YouTube, and met with doctors and their former patients.  What I found was something that kept coming up again and again:

The voice in your head.

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Christmas can be one of the toughest times of the year, and not only because you get carried away by the commercialism spin and spend too much on presents. The true meaning of Christmas is wonderful, of course, but the other warm and cozy aspects of Christmas - food and family, can fill some of us with dread.

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I hated holidays when I was in my eating disorder. I felt like I was in a minefield of panic. I would tip toe through the eating disorder detonators only to have to deal with worried family.

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Courtesy of: Center for Change / Compiled by: Michael E. Berrett, PhD

1. Eat regularly and in some kind of reasonable pattern. Avoid “preparing for the last supper.” Don’t skip meals and restrict in an attempt to make up for what you recentlyate or are about to eat. Keep a regular and moderate pattern.

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