recovery

As Vacations Approach, Is More Diet Talk Inevitable? by Gia & Danielle

For people trying to recover from eating disorders, the pervasive, socially acceptable increase in diet talk --as spring break and summer vacations approach-- can be very stressful and risky. Additionally, listening to the weight loss compliments bestowed upon family and friends who embark on fad diets and quick weight loss can lead them to idealize aspects of these illnesses, minimizing the potentially devastating consequences.

We are all potential helpers and healers. In every interaction and conversation with family, friends, partners, and strangers, we can either increase light or cast shadows. Yet, sometimes we are unaware of the impact of our actions, especially when cultural norms unintentionally lead us to do harm. We have settled into a destructive normalcy around conversations focused on cutting out food groups, weight loss goals and body size & shape comparisons. Complimenting someone's adherence to strict food rules or weight loss may seem kind and supportive, but it is not. 

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Helping Someone with an Eating Disorder? ...Follow the Research by Gia & Danielle

It can extremely scary, overwhelming and frustrating to provide assistance to a friend or family member who is trying to recover from an eating disorder. These illnesses are stubborn, life threatening and characterized by ambivalence. If you are wondering what to do to help, recent research sheds some light.

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How Steve Jobs’s Words can Enhance Recovery by Mirjam Mainland, MS

By Dr. Gia Marson

Pay attention to the word Steve Jobs used above to describe the growth of intuition as a result of practicing meditation: Blossom. Eating disorders, unfortunately have the opposite impact. They shut down this expansion of awareness and creativity in the world and your own life. They make it hard, if not impossible, to distinguish the truest sense of who you are and what you want from the mandates of the eating disorder. Meditation can relieve you of those limits by helping you bypass the overpowering thoughts of the eating disorder and make room for your own voice. What parts of your life and soul are waiting to blossom? What might you hear in greater stillness?

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Redefining Recovery as the Glory of Winning: A Clinical Perspective by Gia & Danielle

By Dr. Gia Marson
As first seen on www.recoverywarriors.com.

Athletes have a singular focus. They strive to win. When I work with them on the psychological aspects of their sport, I am awed. They have great capacities--for endurance, optimism, repetition, attention to detail, drive, tolerating discomfort, persistence, and learning. Up against exhaustion, boredom, pain, frustration, failure, and tough opponents, athletes keep their minds on training, success, and winning. Recovery from an eating disorder requires these same strengths, but there is so much more at stake.

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What Happens When You Leave the Isolation of Anorexia Nervosa Behind: A Clinical Perspective by Gia & Danielle

By Dr. Gia Marson
As first seen on www.recoverywarriors.com.

As I sit with clients who face the steps of recovery from anorexia nervosa, it is the desires to be close, to offer closeness, to be held, to hold, to be understood, and to understand that are some of the deepest seeds of recovery. Along with the significant risk of medical complications that can lead to death, one of the worst parts of anorexia nervosa is the way it may interfere with interpreting, seeking out, bonding with, and holding onto human connections. Researchers and clinicians recognize that interpersonal problems are linked to both the maintenance of and recovery from anorexia nervosa.

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