Regardless of whether you supported Donald Trump or not, this election has likely deeply affected you. In this video blog I share my thoughts about picking up the self-care pieces post-election 2016. Self-care is at the center of your ability to be present and effective as the kind of change agent YOU want to be. And during stressful times our best attempts at self-care can unintentionally slip into self-destruction. I encourage you to take a quick self-assessment, commit (or re-commit) to taking charge of your online media usage, and remember that we aren't able to be effective when we are trying to pour from a dry well.
What are you doing to take care of yourself post-election?
I have blogged about food addiction before. You can read previous posts here and here. But I recently had the opportunity to serve as a guest on my colleague and friend Julie Duffy Dillon's Love, Food Podcast. (If you haven't already subscribed, I totally encourage you to do so!)
In this episode, Julie and I tease through a letter written by a woman who feels completely controlled by food and wonders if she is in fact a food addict. Together we talk about the current state of food addiction research and provide this writer with some practical tips. I think you'll like it!
Here is a link to the episode. But you can also access it on your phone through iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you typically get your podcasts. Please tune in and let me know what you liked or didn't like!
A couple of months ago I began contemplating what I wanted to share for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) 2016. Each year for the past several years I have honored this important week with a variety of posts on insurance coverage, personal recovery stories, Twitter Chats, fact and statistics, and much more. And this year I decided to develop my own theme to honor this important week. I asked my clients and colleagues to respond to the question:
And I got answers! So this week, you will be hearing what my clients and colleagues wish people knew about eating disorders. I hope that you will participate in this important conversation. And I believe that engaging with social media content is a simple way to make a big difference. Every time you share, comment, or read NEDAW content you are helping the cause move one step further to de-mystifying, preventing, and treating these illnesses. Your participation, no matter how great or small, matters.
So let's get the conversation going. What do you wish people know about eating disorders? I'd love to know your thoughts and am eager to share mine. Stay tuned!
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?
Recently, famed Chef Nigella Lawson appeared in an article where she stated that "Clean eating is a way to hide an eating disorder." I posted this article on my Facebook feed and it generated A LOT of discussion. And it was amazing to me see the varied comments and strong emotion behind each of them. Here is a link to the original article. Given the flurry of responses, I decided to chime in as well. It's a quick one but hopefully a helpful addition to the conversation. I look forward to hearing your comments as well! Feel free to post here or on my Facebook wall.
Is clean eating simply a socially acceptable way to have an eating disorder? Or does the diagnosis distract us from really examining our own relationship with food?