eating disorders


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 […]


Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food

Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food 17

When I went through extreme hunger in my recovery from Anorexia, my eating disorder told me that nobody on earth had ever experienced this. Mostly it told me that nobody on earth had eaten as much as I was eating. Ever. Since working as a recovery coach for lots of […]


Anorexia Recovery Binges: You do NOT have Binge Eating Disorder! 9

When in recovery from a restrictive eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa or a subset of it, many of us experience something I like to refer to as “recovery binges.” This post is written from the point of view of a person who has recovered from Anorexia, but can be […]

Anorexia Recovery Binges: You don't have Binge Eating Disorder!

Extreme Hunger in Anorexia Recovery: What Happens with the Meal Plan?

Extreme Hunger in Anorexia Recovery: What Happens with the Meal Plan? 7

Meal plans can be very helpful in recovery. For those of us who have been restricting heavily, we need a meal plan as without one we simply do not know how or when to eat. In the absence of hunger, meal plans can be a huge plus. Eating disorders also […]


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

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Extreme Hunger in Anorexia Recovery 9

Ready and waiting for the criticism that I may get as a result of writing about this. I don’t care. I don’t believe that shielding adults in recovery from eating disorders from the events that can, and do often, happen along the recovery path helps anyone. When we are taken […]


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 […]

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Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia

Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia 2

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, […]


Turn Post-Festivity Eating Disorder Stress into Recovery Motivation

First off, thank you for following and reading this blog. Something that started as a place for me to blow off steam now has over 5000 followers! Those of you who write to me, tweet to me, and reach out mean so much. When you share a post, you know […]

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Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders — A Kick Start, but Far From A Cure

Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders — A Kick Start. Not A Cure 3

I want to start with this: Inpatient treatment for eating disorders save lives. I often tell adults suffering from eating disorders who are underweight and struggling to re-feed themselves to seek inpatient treatment. It is the kick start to weight restoration that many people need. That said, the real work starts […]


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. […]

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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 […]


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 […]

Parents of Adults with Eating Disorders

How Anorexia Affected My Personality (Introvert/Extrovert) 4

Anorexia affected my personality in many ways. Today I am going to focus on the introvert/extrovert aspect. First off: I pass no judgement whatsoever on the values associated with introversion and extroversion, None whatsoever. This post is nothing to do with saying one is better than the other. Both are […]


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 […]


Adults with Anorexia: My Anti-Relapse Plan 7

Resources around Family-Based Therapy (FBT) are getting better for parents who are caring for a child with an eating disorder. This is a very good thing. But for those of us who are adults with the disease, it can be very difficult to find help. Relapse rate is very high, […]


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Why “down-talking” the seriousness of eating disorders doesn’t help recovery 5

  When one tells a person with an ED to recover when they are ready, one mulcts them of time spent ED free. I had this fantastically enlightening email conversation with a reader today. Let’s call her Jennifer. We were going back and forth over some questions about recovery that she had […]


Back to the veganism and eating disorders conversation 16

I wrote a post sometime last year now about my opinion on why people who have suffered from an eating disorder such as Anorexia cannot, and should not be vegan. When I wrote it I assumed that I would get a fair amount of backlash from vegans—I expected criticism and welcome […]


It’s my 10-year Anorexia recovery anniversary! 5

It’s my 10 year Anorexia recovery anniversary this month, and I’m really bloody excited about it! Those who know me know that I don’t “do” birthdays or publicly celebrate anything much, but this—overcoming Anorexia—is something I am openly proud of.   It started in May 2006   In May 2006, […]


The Role of the Non-Professional Community in Eating Disorder Advocacy 1

I’ve been sprouting on about why I don’t think that sufferers and ex-sufferers of eating disorders make the best ED therapists. If you need to recap the posts are: Why Eating Disorder Treatment Needs an Overhaul Why I Don’t Think Ex-Sufferers Should Treat Eating Disorders Why Do So Many Ex-Sufferers […]

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How do you cope with eating disorder recovery wobbles? 7

I just love it when readers ask me to write about something. I got this request a couple of days ago: “I wonder if you can, when time allows, write about the ways you have coped with any wobbles during recovery. Even afterwards, how have you managed to become so […]


Recovery is for life, not just for weight gain 7

Recovery is for life, not just for weight gain. I think that many people—including therapists and sufferers—think that eating disorder recovery is just about gaining weight, and that after that it all goes away. And while gaining weight is so very important and it is true that the ED thoughts […]