#2- Eating Disorders Come In All Shapes and Sizes

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A client in recovery wishes you knew:

Bodies really do come in all shapes and sizes, and we don't teach kids that it's OK to follow your own genetic blueprint. For me, eating disorder recovery means accepting that plus-sized is my body's healthy setting.

Another client in recovery wishes you knew:

Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and no two are the same. People are not bad b/c they struggle with an eating disorder, they are not disabled, they are not any less successful than those who do not, in many cases the individuals are stronger and deeper because they have to reach out and embrace the disease, the challenge and the recovery. The experience is individual, the journey a life long process. Engaging and trusting a group of people to be your “village” is imperative to a road to successful recovery.

Christy Harrison wishes you knew:

I wish people knew that eating disorders come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ages, and ethnicities. These disorders are a lot more common than people recognize. You don't have to look a certain way to have an eating disorder—in fact, many people who suffer from eating disorders look like what society considers to be “normal” or “healthy.”

No matter what you look like on the outside, you deserve to be properly nourished so that you can pursue the important things in life: relationships, meaningful work, community, connection, joy. Life is about so much more than food and weight, and no one should be stuck thinking about those things all the time!

 

Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN

www.ChristyHarrison.com

Nutrition therapist, journalist, and podcaster helping people develop healthy relationships to food

 

#1- You Can’t Always See The Pain

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Monday, February 22, 2016

A client in recovery wishes you knew:

I wish that people knew that even though you are eating and smiling again and look better on the outside, you can still be suffering on the inside.

Rebecca Scritchfield wishes you knew:

You can't always see the suffering.

Most people assume that "harmless" occasional body bashing, or other negative food, fitness, or health talk even directed at themselves, won't have an impact on someone in recovery, especially if you think they are doing good and getting better. There's a lot of internal work trying to make sense of what is "eating disorder" and what is not. What you think feel and do matters. Your version of "being healthy" may not really be truly flexible. While it may not trigger an eating disorder in you, that doesn't mean it's the best thing for you or the person you care about. It's not shameful to be open to explore your own biases and challenges with taking good, reasonable care of yourself. You could help yourself and help support your loved one.

Rebecca Scritchfield MA RDN ACSM HFS

Creator and Host of Body Kindness a podcast, where health is about being good to yourself.

 

 

Product Showcase: Building Your Anti-Dieting Community

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Friday, February 05, 2016


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In this Product Showcase I provide you with four resources to build your anti-diet community. And if you are trying to get off the dieting train, you know it takes fortitutde and a lot of positive reinforcement in this toxic and obsessed culture we live in. I review the book "The Gluten Lie" by Alan Levinovitz as well as 3 new podcasts. Check out my video blog below where I review each of these products in detail. At the end of this post I will also provide links to the podcasts.

Good luck as you develop your own go-to resources to help you stay sane in the often stressful world of food, nutrition, exercise, and body image!

 

Below are the list of podcasts I think are pretty awesome! They are by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who believe in Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size, and breaking out of dietland. 


 

Food Psych - A Podcast about Nutrition, Eating Disorders & Food Psychology

By Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN - Certified Nutritionist and Intuitive Eating Counselor


 

 

The Love, Food Podcast: Peace from emotional eating, binge eating, eating disorders, and negative body image

By Julie Duffy Dillon: Registered Dietitian, Food Behavior Expert, Body Image Guru


 

Body Kindness Podcast

By Rebecca Scritchfield Registered Dietitian and Health & Happiness Expert
 

 

Marci's Top 5 Tips for Detoxing in 2016

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015

      

As we get ready to ring in the New Year, I wanted to share with you my top 5 tips for detoxing in 2016. I’m going to do this David Letterman style so starting backwards with:

5.) Detox your closet by ditching clothes you can only fit into when starving and overexercising your body, suffering from a severe case of the flu, or battling a bout of significant depression. These clothes should not be a part of your life. If you can’t totally part with them yet, put them in a bin and then out of sight. Many people believe that keeping their “skinny clothes” inspires them. But if those clothes only fit as a result unhealthy behaviors or practices, you should never aspire to wear them again. Ever.

4. Detox the way you assess your body’s acceptability. I highly recommend tossing the scale or any other standard of measure that determines if your body is good enough. Checking on your weight may be done occasionally like any other health measure- periodically and to assess a global picture of health. Depending on your relationship to your weight and personal history, you might decide to take an extended break from the scale. I support this.

3. Detox all of the media in your life. Yes, social media, TV, and books. What are you bringing in to your mind, spirit, and body? Be selective because you are precious. And you might not realize that you are also deeply affected by what you consume. We passively take in all kinds of crap by virtue of being a human in the modern world. So we better take extra care with what we intentionally ingest in our media diet.

2. Detox relationships that do not support your best self. Get choosey! Not everyone is worthy of your time and attention. Holding boundaries in your relational life will spill over to other aspects of your health. I promise. You will be astounded at how much less you need food for managing your emotional landscape when your relationships are in line with your core values.

1. Detox your food vocabulary. Words are POWERFUL influencers of how we experience food. Calling food bad, toxic or dirty may increase your feelings of guilt and shame. This is incredibly unproductive as it clouds your capacity to listen to your inner gauge of food preferences, satiety, hunger, and fullness. Yes, some foods are healthy and some foods are not healthy. But imparting judgment actually worsens health. Ironically, dropping the negativity may actually create a healthier pattern of eating!

I hope my top 5 list for detoxing in 2016 inspires you! I’m eager to hear your feedback. What else needs detoxing in your life in the coming year?

 

Big Butts, Burgers, & Weight Stigma

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Are you interested in hearing my take on weight stigma? Check out my video below! In honor of weight stigma awareness week I tackle some tough topics and share with you some important research. But in addition to this video, there are some absolutely amazing blog posts I'd encourage you to read. I have been blown away by the content that the Binge Eating Disorder Association has gathered and organized for this year's event. They share research, personal stories, and lessons on advocacy on a wide range of issues. So dive in and share what you learn with those around you. Let's keep this conversation going!