I have been bulimic for 45 years. If I spent just one hour every day bingeing and purging, that would add up to just under two years of time spent leaning over, sticking my fingers down my throat and puking up my guts, into a toilet bowl. What else could I have done with that time?
Now that I've managed to turn my "mess" into my message, there were some "rules" I had to break, all in the name of health, wellness and importantly sanity. Here are some of the "rules" I've broken along the way that have completely transformed my relationship with food and my body:
These are complicated disorders that, at times, don't make sense to people on the outside. But with good information, professional help and tons of patience, these diseases can be overcome. The key is to identify them as early as possible and seek treatment and support.
We can brush aside the harsh reality that is mental illness. We can reduce it to that -- just a harsh reality. Or we can work to help one another understand. To create clarity and enlightenment to not only provide much-needed support, but to prevent further mental illness, like these deadly eating disorders.
Along with all the changes I was experiencing at that point in my life, my grounding thought was to stay thin. If I was thin, I could cope. And when I found a way to be thin, remain thin and eat all the forbidden stuff I secretly craved -- well -- I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
This is great news! You can find a healthy size for your unique body without ever "trying" to lose a single pound. You never have to go on an extreme diet again and you can stay healthy! We can all rejoice in knowing that the light is truly more powerful than darkness.
This is the first time in my adult life that I will not be starting the new year with a resolve to diet.
Children pick up on how we treat ourselves and they mimic us. So it's up to me to walk my walk and not just talk my talk. It's up to me to embrace my body for all she is capable of, whether I ran 5 miles or ate pizza on the couch that day.
Right now you may be stepping on the scale and vowing to lose weight in the New Year. It's great to want to look and feel your best, but keep in mind that how you feel about yourself, and your body, is more important than it "looks."
I was driving with my daughter, Sophia, a forty-five minute ride of monotony. She was lost in the world of Instagram and YouTube, and I wanted to ...
Queer people are often over-sexualized and a lot of extra attention is paid to our appearances -- that puts a lot of pressure on how we view our bodies.
As a parent it can be challenging to discern whether you teenager is suffering from an eating disorder, especially because these disorders often thrive on secrecy and silence. The following are some common warning signs that may signify that your teenager is struggling with an eating disorder.
Here are the three things I want you to remember when you're afraid of people judging your weight:
There are some people that simply forget to eat out of busyness or preoccupation. I am not one of those people. I never have been, and I never will be -- and here's why.
For individuals who are recovering from a restrictive eating disorder, one important component of their treatment is to face their "fear" or "trigger"...
Hannah was put on Weight Watchers, for the first time, at age seven. It was a must she be put on the program because her mother was adamant that "no one will ever love you if you are fat." Perhaps even worse than lack of love in her mother's view, she was certain there are no fat cheerleaders.