Eating Disorders


Anorexia Recovery: Why is it that treatment seems to serve my eating disorder better than it serves my recovery? 2   Recently updated !

I don’t expect everyone to read this and agree with it. The TL;DR is that I believe that there is a fear that infests many eating disorder treatment approaches and this leads to inadequate intake prescriptions and target weights that do not serve individuals in recovery.  Please read the whole post […]

Anorexia Recovery: Why is it that treatment seems to serve my eating disorder better than it serves my recovery?

Scrapping the Anorexia Identity

Finding Recovery Motivation — Scrapping the Anorexia Identity 5   Recently updated !

One of the questions I get asked the most by both sufferers and parents/partners of sufferers is; “how did you find the motivation to recover?” often followed closely by, “how do I find the motivation to recover?” or “how does he/she find the motivation to recover?” These are very important questions […]


Anorexia Recovery As An Adult: School Of Failure 3   Recently updated !

I’m not someone who berates herself for not getting everything right. Contrary to popular belief about people with Anorexia, I am not a perfectionist, not Type A, and don’t really care if I get an A, B, or C so long as it is a pass. I don’t like failing […]


Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017 Roundup 1

Phew. That was a busy week. In case you missed them, here is a recap on the podcasts and other projects we put out there this week. I’ve listed the podcasts out below. I think that the most exciting thing that came out of this week for me personally were […]


[Video] It is okay to eat a lot of food in Anorexia recovery 8   Recently updated !

I am excited to announce that this week we launched Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults (AEDRA) Meal Support Service. This is a worldwide service where any person can receive support at a mealtime to help overcome anxiety. We also have post meal support slots available for people who struggle […]

Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food

ethical vegan with anorexia

My Daughter is an “Ethical” Vegan (With Anorexia) … 3

I got the following comment on a post, and I woke up this morning realizing that by trying to be too kind in my response. I had done this women, her daughter, and any other readers an injustice. Here was the original question: My daughter is a vegan who is […]


Eating Disorders and Family Life: Household Triggers

In the last two posts I have looked at the way that eating disorders operate in a family setting when a parent is the sufferer in recovery. The first post addressed how to continue with mealtime support. The second on mealtime tension and shopping etc. This post looks a little further […]

Eating Disorders and Family Life

Eating disorders and family

Eating Disorders and Family Life — Mealtime tension, shopping, food choices and exercise

In my last post on eating disorder recovery for an adult with children, I wrote about mealtimes and how to make them (more of a ) a success in terms of recovery goals with kids at the table. This week I wanted to touch on the impact that the eating […]


Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia 1

I am often told by eating disorder therapists and literature that I am a perfectionist. I am not a perfectionist. I was not a perfectionist before Anorexia. I was not a perfectionist during Anorexia. I am not a perfectionist now. If you don’t believe me, ask my husband (Who is, […]

Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia

Meditation for Eating Disorders

Meditation for Eating Disorders — A Cynics Guide 2

It cracks me up that people assume I am a spiritual person because I meditate. I’m not. I don’t meditate because I am trying to be a good person either. I meditate because it helps me keep my shit together.  I’m a twice certified yoga instructor. I’ve taught hundreds of […]


Anosognosia and Eating Disorders — When We Don’t Know We Are Sick 1

Anosognosia is pretty messed up — and it messed me up good and proper! It means “without knowledge” and refers to the lack of insight that a person suffering from a disease has about their condition. It explains why, even in an incredibly emaciated state, I was resistant to the […]

Anosognosia and Eating Disorders

Negative Energy Balance or Energy Deficit in Anorexia 3

This post explains negative energy balance in eating disorders.   What is a negative energy balance (sometimes called energy deficit)? Anything that means that the energy you put out is greater than the energy you put in. The most common — although not only — cause of such an energy deficit […]

Negative Energy Balance or Energy Deficit in Anorexia

Christmas with an eating disorder

Christmas with an Eating Disorder: Plan Not to Let It Ruin the Holiday 3

It’s December. The world is preparing for Christmas in terms of purchasing presents, arranging travel, and planning social events. For a person suffering from an eating disorder, however, a whole different sort of planning needs to be done. Christmas is fun, right? Not if you let an eating disorder ruin […]


Eating Disorder Recovery: Aim to Overshoot 8

This is my second post on Overshoot. The first one is here. The first post focused on what overshoot is and why it is difficult for a person in recovery. This post explains more about why it is important and why a person in recovery from an eating disorder should actually […]


Overshoot in eating disorder

How to Prepare a Person for Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery 1

Note: I have been writing and talking about “overshoot” a lot. While I used this term because it has already been established, I do not think that the term overshoot is ideal to describe the process of establishing a recovery weight. The term overshoot implies that you went too far. […]


Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery 15

This blog post is going to address overshoot in eating disorder recovery. It is the first of a couple that I have lined up on this incredibly important topic. Here’s the deal with overshooting your pre-eating disorder weight in recovery: you need to do it. In scientific terms overshoot is […]

Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery

Thanksgiving Day Contract and Survival Tips

Thanksgiving Day Eating Disorder Contract and Survival Tips

Thanksgiving day is on the near horizon. I know that people suffering from eating disorders in the USA are already having a hard time dealing with the pre-Thanksgiving meal anxiety, so here are some tools to help everyone enjoy the day.   Thanksgiving Day Eating Disorder Contract   DOWNLOAD Thanksgiving Day Eating Disorder […]


Help Your Partner Overcome an Eating Disorder

Help Your Partner Overcome an Eating Disorder (Full Guide) 1

This guide is designed to help partners/ friends/ parents of adult sufferers of eating disorders help that person recover. It is based on the principles of family based therapy and how to apply them to an adult with an eating disorder. Each chapter is accompanied with an audio file that […]


Binge Eating in Eating Disorder Recovery 1

Many of us in recovery from eating disorder experience binge eating. I certainly did, and I wrote about it extensively in my book, Love Fat. I consider it to be a pretty normal phase in eating disorder recovery from illnesses such as Anorexia. Here’s the deal. Your body has been […]

Binge Eating in Eating Disorder Recovery

Parents of Adults with Eating Disorders

Support for Parents of Adults with Eating Disorders 5

  This post isn’t just for parents of adults with eating disorders. It’s for parents, spouses, grandparents, cousins, siblings, friends, loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, uncles, aunts, children, and in fact anyone who knows or cares about an adult with an eating disorder. The emails that I get from parents of […]


Eating Disorders and Money – Part Two 3

Last week I wrote about eating disorders and money for the first time. One thing the comments on Facebook and the post confirmed is that many people suffering from eating disorders also experience strange feelings/thoughts/ behaviours around money. In this post I’m going to highlight a few of the comments […]

Eating Disorders and Money

Why I don’t use “Anorexic” to describe people with Anorexia Nervosa 2

I understand that most people just use the term “Anorexic” to describe a person with Anorexia out of habit and convenience. I just prefer not to use it myself. So much so, that I often use the term “eating disorder” just because that can’t be turned into a noun. You can’t […]


Eating Disorder Behaviours: Why Taking the Stairs Can Kill You 6

Eating Disorder Recovery means addressing the small things as well as the big and obvious ones. That is what I am writing about today. If you have an eating disorder, you are going to hate this post. Or rather, your eating disorder is going to hate this post. You will […]