Recovery Blog Posts

5 Ways to Combat Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery

Body image is complicated for everyone – especially those who have a history of an eating disorder. Be patient, have compassion for yourself and practice these five tips that can help to ease anxiety around any bodily changes that might be happening.

Read More


3 Reasons to Implement Expressive Therapy in Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment

Expressive Therapy can be a great complement to adolescent eating disorder treatment. Here are some of the ways your child can benefit from this intervention!

Read More


Coping With Weight Changes Throughout Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Strategies to Try

Weight fluctuations are a normal part of many individual’s lives. For those living with eating disorders – or working toward recovery – any change in weight can be extremely anxiety – provoking. Here are some tips to help make any weight changes during eating disorder recovery a little more manageable.

Read More


What You Need to Know About Weight and Eating Disorder Treatment

In my work with individuals with eating disorders, it is inevitable that discussions around weight are going to come up. While we want to de-emphasize the importance of weight and shape, it is important – as dietitians and members of a treatment team- to be aware of weight as a way to determine health and optimal functioning. Here are some ways that providers can tackle this uncomfortable subject with their clients living with eating disorders.

Read More


I Don’t Have Insurance: How Can I Get Eating Disorder Treatment?

While I can’t promise that the recommendations below will work in each varying circumstance, I’ve put together a few suggestions that have worked in the past to provide individuals with life-saving treatment when insurance becomes an obstacle.

Read More


How to Balance Eating Disorder Treatment with Other Priorities

A large part of my work with individuals in program is helping them to understand the importance of making recovery a priority while also practicing balance. Here are 3 tips to help manage eating disorder treatment with other life responsibilities.

Read More


Eating Disorders and OCD: A Complicated Mix

Understanding the similarities and differences between eating disorders and OCD can help providers develop a more comprehensive understanding of a client’s presentation and can also inform treatment interventions.

Read More


Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery: Seven Important Tips

Thinking about planning meals for the week can be overwhelming for anyone–especially for those who are in recovery from an eating disorder. Walden dietitian, Katie Gustamacchio provides us with 7 helpful meal planning tips for those who are living with or are in recovery from an eating disorder.

Read More


5 Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

As much as we wish there was, there are no instructions for how to recover from an eating disorder. What I can say, is that everyone’s recovery journey is unique, and different things will work for different people. Here are a few of my recommendations that have worked for individuals in the past.

Read More


7 Tips for Relapse Prevention: RECOVER

Understanding triggers and using skills are important components to avoid relapses in eating disorder recovery. The acronym of RECOVER offers some helpful tips to guide you.

Read More


4 Important Things I’ve Learned About Eating Disorders in Children

With the ever-changing climate of mass media and societal pressures, children are experiencing eating disorders at younger and younger ages. For this reason, I thought it was important to list some of the things I’ve learned in working with the pediatric population.

Read More


5 Common Signs that Could Indicate the Need for Inpatient Eating Disorder Care

While appropriate levels of care should not be recommended without an evaluation – including a thorough physical and psychological review – there are some recurring symptoms that are often present for many individuals admitted to an inpatient eating disorder treatment center. Here are a few of those common indicators.

Read More


4 Helpful Reminders if Your Child is Refusing Eating Disorder Treatment

While you are probably well aware that your child needs eating disorder treatment, they are pulling out all of the stops to prevent you from making them go. Here are some helpful strategies to consider when your child is refusing to attend eating disorder treatment.

Read More


Some Do’s and Don’ts for Confronting a Loved One with Suspected Binge Eating Disorder

Do you suspect that your loved one might have binge eating disorder? Are you concerned about how they will react if you confront them? Here are some helpful strategies to best frame a productive dialogue.

Read More


What Recovery Means to Me

Recovery is a BIG word with a lot of meaning. Recovery for one person might not mean what recovery represents for me—and I think there’s beauty in that. We are all different. We’ve all walked down different paths, weathered different storms and have our own unique goals and dreams. For me, recovery is a new chapter in my book.

Read More


What is the Difference Between Overeating and Binge Eating? VLOG

Overeating and binge eating are terms that are often used interchangeably – yet the distinction is important. Dr. Kate Craigen, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Binge Eating and Bariatric Support Services at Walden Behavioral Care explains the key differences between an overeating episode and a binge eating episode.

Read More


A Runner’s Life with Binge Eating Disorder

As a runner, I thought anyone but athletes had issues with food. After all, weren’t we the epitome of health? Lean and strong, thanks to exercise? I had to be the broken, I thought. I had to be the one with the lack of discipline around food.

Read More


Here’s Why We Place so much “Weight” in Numbers

Why do we as a society place so much emphasis on numbers and amounts? There is an actual psychological theory that explains why humans have an innate desire to compete and compare to one another. Learn more here!

Read More


4 Ways to “Tune Out” the Negative Messaging of Our Body-Obsessed Culture

The reality is, today’s culture can often leave us feeling saturated in body judgment – both from others and ourselves. It is possible however to separate ourselves from negative environmental influences. Here are a few strategies to help you “tune out” body – focused messaging.

Read More


Does My Loved One Have Binge Eating Disorder?

Are you concerned that your loved one might be exhibiting signs of disordered eating, but aren’t quite sure what to be looking for? Check out the symptoms below that can be indicative to Binge Eating Disorder.

Read More


3 Tips to Support Your Child through Difficult Days in Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Eating disorders impact the entire family system and sometimes, the recovery process can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Throughout the ups and downs, remember that even if your child has been steady in their recovery, they will need extra support during certain periods in their lives. Here are some tips to keep in mind during those difficult days in eating disorder treatment and recovery.

Read More


5 Medical Risks of Bulimia Nervosa

Beyond the associated psychiatric symptoms, which often include substance use, anxiety, depression and/or self – injurious behavior, there are many potential medical risks that can make BN a particularly life-threatening condition. Here are some of those.

Read More


Eating Disorder Relapse: 7 Proactive Steps to get Back on Track Toward Recovery Success (INFOGRAPH)

Relapse in eating disorder recovery can feel like starting over, when really, this could be a great time to get yourself back on track and reoriented toward your recovery goals. Here is an infograph describing 6 things you can do if you’ve found yourself reverting back to old behaviors.

Read More


5 Ways to Support Eating Disorder Recovery at Your Holiday Gathering

Friends and family can play incredibly significant roles in treatment and recovery – especially during the holidays when you’ll likely be spending more time together. Here are some tips to ensure that everyone at at your holiday gathering feels safe and comfortable.

Read More


3 Ways You Can Support Your Loved One in Eating Disorder Treatment

Doing your best to understand what your loved one is going through and knowing what to expect while they are in eating disorder treatment, can provide a really great foundation to support them through their journey toward recovery. Here are few more helpful tips to scenarios that may arise.

Read More


Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?

Athletes are 2-3 times more likely than the average individual to develop an eating disorder, making male athletes a vulnerable subgroup. So why are male athletes at risk? Here are five reasons to consider.

Read More


Try These 6 Helpful Tips for Navigating the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

This can definitely be a hectic, overwhelming and stressful time of year. If you are currently living with or have a history of an eating disorder, let’s talk about some basic guidelines to help you manage the holiday season like a boss!

Read More


6 Unhelpful Beliefs People May Have About Eating Disorder Treatment (and How to Challenge Them)

In my work as an eating disorder professional, I often hear unrealistic expectations, baseless rumors or frankly inaccurate myths about eating disorder treatment that have been powerful enough to prevent many from seeking the help they need.

Read More


How Long Does Eating Disorder Recovery Take?

Whether you’re new to eating disorder treatment, or well on your way toward recovery, a commonly asked question is, “How long is this going to take?” While this is a difficult question to answer–as it is so dependent on many variables, what I can say is that following these three steps can have a significant impact on recovery success.

Read More


What If My Adult Child Has an Eating Disorder?

If you are a parent of an adult living with an eating disorder, know that you are capable of making a significant and lasting difference in their lives and in their recovery.

Read More


Eating Disorder Treatment: Answers to Your 5 Most Common Insurance Questions

What you need to know about insurance for eating disorder treatment!

Read More


3 Innovative Components of Adult Residential Eating Disorder Treatment

As our understanding of eating disorders evolves, so does the makeup of the programming designed to best treat them. Here’s a look at some more innovative components to residential treatment for adults with eating disorders

Read More


7 Quotes to Help Kick Your Eating Disorder to the Curb!

Here are some awesome quotes to keep in your back pocket for the days that harder to quiet the pesky voice of your eating disorder.

Read More


Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

In working with adolescents living with eating disorders and their families, I am continually amazed to see the power of Family Based Treatment in uniting families during what is otherwise an incredibly challenging time. Here are some facts you may not know about Family-Based Treatment

Read More


Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and Weight Loss: Do They Go Hand-In-Hand?

As human beings, we have a biological need to fuel our bodies. As a result, there are internal mechanisms that support a relationship with food. Deprivation may increase desire or focus on specific types of foods that we, as a society, have labeled as “bad” or “unhealthy.” Pair this hyper focus with ravenous hunger (a common result of dieting) and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a binge eating episode.

Read More


What You Need to Know About Pica

Pica is defined as the persistent and compulsive eating, over a period of at least one month, of non-food substances (such as paint or string) that are not developmentally appropriate for that age.

Read More


Meet Shannon Stern – Ambassador of Hope

Shannon Stern is an adolescent clinician on our residential unit. Learn more about her and her role at Walden in this Ambassador of Hope episode!

Read More


Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Songs to Keep You Focused

Music can play a major role in eating disorder treatment AND recovery; here are some of my favorite tunes that can help you through the not-so-great days!

Read More


6 Tips for Parents of Children Heading to College with an Eating Disorder History

If you’re apprehensive about your child going back to school, here are some steps you can take to help ensure continued recovery success, and hopefully, ease some of your anxieties!

Read More


5 Lies My Eating Disorder Told Me

Recovery has taught me countless valuable lessons, and one of the most important lessons is that ED is wrong. In fact, ED is very wrong.

Read More