No Judgment Zone: Learning To Eat And Live “Guilt-free” With Or Without An Eating Disorder

What does it mean to be “guilt-free”? To not feel that nagging sense that you’ve done something wrong, let someone down, or hurt someone? When you run an Internet image search of the term “guilt-free,” surprisingly, there are no images of people free from guilt because they are in content relationships being loyal to their partners.

No Judgment Zone: Learning To Eat And Live “Guilt-free” With Or Without An Eating Disorder2018-09-10T03:53:46+00:00

Love Yourself

As I reflect on my life at the age of thirty-five years old, I wonder how I have learned to love myself along the way. I ask myself, "how can one love themselves' when there is so much more to love in others?" Well, I've learned along the way, through the guidance of my parents, that it is important to love yourself first. It can be a hard concept to grasp for a selfless person, but as I walk in my own shadow, I trust and love myself for all of me.

Love Yourself2018-09-10T03:53:47+00:00

#IAMSTIGMAFREE: Online Resources To Explore During Mental Health Awareness Week

Did you know that Oct. 4 -10 is Mental Health Awareness Week?   That’s right, this awareness week began in 1990 when the U.S. Congress recognized the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for all of their work to educate and increase awareness around mental illness. This year, to commemorate this event, NAMI created web and social media initiatives to help break down the facts and figures around mental illnesses.

#IAMSTIGMAFREE: Online Resources To Explore During Mental Health Awareness Week2018-09-10T03:53:47+00:00

Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate: They Affect All Races, Cultures and Ethnicities

There is often a misconception that eating disorders are primarily a “young, white woman of privilege” problem and that other races, ethnicities, and cultures do not struggle with the disorder. This can often make it difficult for individuals to enter eating disorder treatment if they do not fit this image. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website, the prevalence of eating disorders in other cultures is unknown as there is limited research into the area of eating disorders and other races/ethnicities/cultures. However, reports of eating disorders in other cultures are on the rise.

Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate: They Affect All Races, Cultures and Ethnicities2018-09-10T03:53:47+00:00

Self Harm: What Is It And What To Do If You Suspect Someone Might Be Self-Injurying

The term self-injury, sometimes interchanged with the terms self-harm, self-mutilation or cutting, is the act of intentionally harming oneself, often repeatedly.  Many people equate self-injury with cutting. But the truth is self-injury also encompasses less obvious ways that we think of harming oneself, including reckless driving or binge drinking for example.

Self Harm: What Is It And What To Do If You Suspect Someone Might Be Self-Injurying2018-09-10T03:53:49+00:00

What Color Are Your Marbles?

Today I went and saw the new Pixar film, Inside Out. If you haven’t heard about it yet, here’s the gist: You are witnessing the emotional life of an 11 year old girl from the inside of her brain. Specifically, you are watching life in her Limbic System and Hippocampus. You are watching personified emotions-Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Sadness.  Each emotion takes turns “driving the bus” that is this young girl’s brain reaction to her circumstances, and watching these experiences be solidified and stored.

What Color Are Your Marbles?2018-09-10T03:53:53+00:00

Eating Disorder Recovery: What It Looks Like & Means To Me

What is recovery and what does it look like?  A big question with a multitude of answers.  Back when I was with Ed, someone asked me that question and I responded by saying “I have no idea what recovery looks like, I’m not even sure it exists.”

Eating Disorder Recovery: What It Looks Like & Means To Me2018-09-10T03:53:53+00:00

Call Me Caitlyn: Five Things Caitlyn Jenner Has Taught Us About Eating Disorder Recovery

The world was first introduced to Caitlyn Jenner (formally Bruce Jenner) several days ago, when a sneak peek from the Vanity Fair article chronicling her journey from Bruce to Caitlyn was published.

Call Me Caitlyn: Five Things Caitlyn Jenner Has Taught Us About Eating Disorder Recovery2018-09-10T03:53:54+00:00

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it is important to educate our friends, families as well as our communities around this serious subject. Mental health seems to be more visible in the media in recent months stemming from tragedies of celebrities and students across the country. Deaths like that of comedian and actor Robin Williams sparked the conversation of people everywhere to start talking about mental illness, it’s impact on individuals with mental health problems and the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Here are some statistics that show the prevalence of mental health issues.

Mental Health Awareness Month2018-09-10T03:53:55+00:00

I’m Breaking My Silence: Here’s Why You Should Too

It took all of my inner strength and courage to come out and admit that...I have an eating disorder. When I say it, my voice lowers, almost to a whisper because it's embarrassing and it's not something I want to share or talk about. When I finally came to understand and realize what was going on I used to say to myself, "It's just a problem I have and I'll have to deal with it for the rest of my life."

I’m Breaking My Silence: Here’s Why You Should Too2018-09-10T03:53:56+00:00

Adolescent Home-Based Eating Disorder Care

Walden Behavioral Care is now offering home-based eating disorder care to adolescents and their families in the Waltham and Worcester areas.  The treatment will address the needs of children and adolescents 10-17 years of age who suffer with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder,  Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED), and Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).  To give you an overview of the program, we decided to interview Renee Bazinet Nelson, Psy. D., the director of Walden's adolescent services and one of the creators of the home-based care program.

Adolescent Home-Based Eating Disorder Care2018-09-10T03:53:57+00:00

School Lunch Plates Around The World: How Does The U.S. Stack Up?

March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition can have many meanings to different people, but the bottom line is that the human body runs on what we put into it. On Friday, March 6th Walden’s South Windsor clinic dietitian, Bridget Hastings, MS, RD, CD-N, spoke with high school students about what proper nutrition looks like for a growing adolescent.

School Lunch Plates Around The World: How Does The U.S. Stack Up?2018-09-10T03:53:57+00:00

How I Learned To Love Myself During My Eating Disorder Recovery

I love myself, who I am, and what I have to offer myself and others.  Did I always believe that?  Nope!  Can you say that you love yourself?  If you are with Ed, then I can imagine that it is difficult to do.  I’m sure he is telling you that you aren’t loveable and can’t offer anything; he told me that when I was with him.  If he is telling you that, I am here to tell you that HE IS WRONG.  You CAN love yourself. You ARE loveable. You DO have something to offer others.

How I Learned To Love Myself During My Eating Disorder Recovery2018-09-10T03:53:59+00:00

Super Bowl Sunday: Tuning Out The Negative

Happy Super Bowl Weekend! Even if you are not a fan of football, you can’t help but be sucked into the vortex that has become Super Bowl marketing. From the commercials to the half-time show to this year’s #deflategate scandal, it is easy to forget the actual reason this event exists – to play a championship football game!

Super Bowl Sunday: Tuning Out The Negative2018-09-10T03:53:59+00:00