You wouldn’t tell someone with Type I diabetes to “just eat better.”
You wouldn’t say this because it would be rude and insensitive; but more so you wouldn’t say this because it isn’t true, because for a Type I diabetic, the problem isn’t in the food, it is in the body. The pancreas does not make insulin, so no matter how perfect a diet a diabetic person eats, they are literally dependent on insulin injections to survive.
Depression is a lot like diabetes: sometimes, particularly stressful or traumatic life-events or thinking patterns, etc. can lead “Type II depression,” which has its origins largely in the environment and therefore is more likely to respond to cognitive and environmental interventions. But sometimes, people have “Type I depression” in which many factors play into the illness, but in which biology and physiology play a central role. Read More
When you are recovering from an eating disorder, it can be tricky and possibly dangerous when you start to incorporate exercise back into your life. Not only can the environment in which you exercise be a trigger, the unsolicited comments about body size and shape can also test your strength and challenge your recovery. This video explains the steps you need to take in order to safely add exercise back into your recovery and help prevent relapse. Read More
Whenever somebody used to ask me what superhero power I wanted, I would always respond with invisibility. I wanted nothing more than to go completely overlooked in the world where I already seemed unnoticeable.
I felt so insignificant after years of being teased and ignored, hidden behind the shadows of my siblings, and I wanted a valid reason as to why I was being treated this way. Being invisible would have given me an excuse. Read More
When entering treatment for an eating disorder, it is important to keep an open mind and be willing to think outside the box. While there are evidence-based treatments for eating disorders that have been proven effective, too often people forget that each person an eating disorder has a unique experience that often requires individualized approaches to recovery.
I have found that nutritional counselling and therapy, while paramount to my recovery, are not the only treatments that have an influence on my recovery. In the summer of 2012, I decided to give acupuncture a shot, and I am so glad I did. Read More
My mom was one to always have a treadmill in the house but I could never seem to get the hang of running. My legs hurt, I felt nauseated, and my asthma flared. I was convinced it was not for me.
In my mid-twenties I finally joined the gym at the begging of a coworker. I easily fell in love with weightlifting, but cardio and I went together like oil and water. I stuck to the elliptical because it required far less effort and I bored quickly. I knew I needed to step up my game. I decided to try walking. Read More
Being small and invisible is no way to live and is by no means an accomplishment. It is our birthright, our purpose, to take up space in this world.
We believe Freedom is not found only through “full recovery”; freedom is found once you are able to separate yourself from the lies, the shame, and the secrecy that have held you captive, whether that be your addiction, ED voice, depression, anxiety…
I am thankful for each step away from addiction. I am thankful that when I feel like life is unbearable, I can just reach my hand up, out of the darkness, and let hope pull me into the light.
I am free from the boundaries of the past. I am free to be the beautiful, compassionate, trusting, wise human being I’ve always had hiding inside.
Feeling free from the desire to be deemed ‘good enough’ by someone else, whether it’s a parent, a friend, or a significant other, has allowed me to open myself up to all life’s possibilities. I am able to live an authentic life.
I’m not eager to hide the dark aspects of my being anymore. I am not afraid to show my rawness. This is me. I break myself down and rebuild, time and again. I am enough. I am indestructible. I am free.