National Coming Out Day: A Story from One of Our Own

My family has been nothing but supportive since coming out so many years ago - I don’t take that for granted. Before my conservative, religious grandparents passed away, they had a picture of us on their refrigerator which meant they were willing to define our relationship to any visitor that asked. I know that is not everybody’s story, and I feel incredibly lucky.

National Coming Out Day: A Story from One of Our Own2018-10-11T15:03:19+00:00

5 Ways to Help Your Friend with an Eating Diosrder

It is difficult to watch someone you love live with an eating disorder. While you can't simply fix them, there are certainly many ways that you can be a support for them and encourage them along in their path to recovery.

5 Ways to Help Your Friend with an Eating Diosrder2018-10-03T14:29:24+00:00

What We’re Reading: A Book Review by Dr. Linda Buchanan

I highly recommend Priming: Programming the Mind for Habit Change and Success, Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D. After reading it, I've been able to implement it in my life - both personally and professionally and have found the technique to be helpful in both areas. .

What We’re Reading: A Book Review by Dr. Linda Buchanan2018-09-27T14:33:51+00:00

Rebuilding the Mind-Body Connection and Body Trust in Eating Disorder Treatment 

Rebuilding body trust and the mind-body connection is really a process of building self-awareness and claiming one's true self.  It ultimately involves trusting your instincts, and knowing you have a unique voice, perspective, and place in this world.

Rebuilding the Mind-Body Connection and Body Trust in Eating Disorder Treatment 2018-09-10T03:52:43+00:00

5 Harmful Eating Disorder Myths

Myths about eating disorders are harmful and can perpetuate stigmas that prevent many people from seeking life-saving support.

5 Harmful Eating Disorder Myths2018-09-10T03:52:44+00:00

4 Ways to Maintain a Strong Family System When Your Child is in Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders can be difficult on the entire family system. Many families find it difficult to balance treatment with other life priorities - most importantly, ensuring the health and happiness of everyone at home. Here are a few tips to help maintain a strong family support while your child is in eating disorder treatment.

4 Ways to Maintain a Strong Family System When Your Child is in Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:52:46+00:00

5 Things You Need to Know About Health at Every Size

Simply put, HAES® represents a paradigm shift away from a weight-centric approach to health and health care to one that highlights body diversity and behavior change to attain desired health outcomes as opposed to focusing on manipulating weight and shape.

5 Things You Need to Know About Health at Every Size2018-09-10T03:52:46+00:00

4 Ways Spirituality Can Help and Hinder Eating Disorder Recovery

Spirituality can have a complex relationship with eating disorders. Understanding the factors involved can help ensure that spirituality – should you choose to consider it as a recovery resource - becomes a positive force in your healing.

4 Ways Spirituality Can Help and Hinder Eating Disorder Recovery2018-09-10T03:52:46+00:00

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.

5 Ways to Combat Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery2018-09-10T03:52:47+00:00

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.

Coping With Weight Changes Throughout Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Strategies to Try2018-09-10T03:52:48+00:00

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.

What You Need to Know About Weight and Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:52:49+00:00

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.

I Don’t Have Insurance: How Can I Get Eating Disorder Treatment?2018-09-10T03:52:51+00:00

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.

How to Balance Eating Disorder Treatment with Other Priorities2018-09-10T03:52:51+00:00

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.

Eating Disorders and OCD: A Complicated Mix2018-09-10T03:52:51+00:00

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.

Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery: Seven Important Tips2018-09-10T03:52:52+00:00

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.

5 Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery2018-09-10T03:52:52+00:00

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.

7 Tips for Relapse Prevention: RECOVER2018-09-10T03:52:53+00:00

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.

4 Important Things I’ve Learned About Eating Disorders in Children2018-09-10T03:52:56+00:00

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.

5 Common Signs that Could Indicate the Need for Inpatient Eating Disorder Care2018-09-10T03:52:57+00:00

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.

4 Helpful Reminders if Your Child is Refusing Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:52:57+00:00

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.

What Recovery Means to Me2018-09-10T03:52:58+00:00

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.

What is the Difference Between Overeating and Binge Eating? VLOG2018-01-30T18:15:54+00:00

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.

A Runner’s Life with Binge Eating Disorder2018-09-10T03:52:58+00:00

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!

Here’s Why We Place so much “Weight” in Numbers2018-09-10T03:52:59+00:00

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.

4 Ways to “Tune Out” the Negative Messaging of Our Body-Obsessed Culture2018-09-10T03:52:59+00:00

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.

Does My Loved One Have Binge Eating Disorder?2018-09-10T03:52:59+00:00

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.

3 Tips to Support Your Child through Difficult Days in Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery2018-09-10T03:53:00+00:00

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.

5 Medical Risks of Bulimia Nervosa2018-09-10T03:53:00+00:00

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.

Eating Disorder Relapse: 7 Proactive Steps to get Back on Track Toward Recovery Success (INFOGRAPH)2018-09-10T03:53:00+00:00

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.

5 Ways to Support Eating Disorder Recovery at Your Holiday Gathering2018-09-10T03:53:01+00:00

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.

3 Ways You Can Support Your Loved One in Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:53:01+00:00

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.

Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?2018-09-10T03:53:01+00:00

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!

Try These 6 Helpful Tips for Navigating the Holidays with an Eating Disorder2018-09-10T03:53:02+00:00

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.

How Long Does Eating Disorder Recovery Take?2018-09-10T03:53:03+00:00

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.

What If My Adult Child Has an Eating Disorder?2018-09-10T03:53:04+00:00

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

3 Innovative Components of Adult Residential Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:53:06+00:00