How to Make Thanksgiving NOT About Food

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years can be stressful holidays for those struggling with disordered eating and symptoms of an eating disorder. For most people the holidays are about sharing food with friends and family. What happens when we have a negative view of food? If we see food as the enemy, how can we still enjoy a holiday that is …

How to Help Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

How can we help kids feel better about her/him self? Do you ever worry that your child may have low self-esteem? Is your child able to stand up for him/her self? Do they have a good sense of what they are good at and what characteristics they like about their self? In working with children who have difficulty answering these …

Celebrating Lent With An Eating Disorder

Do you have specific religious beliefs that you practice during Lent and struggle with an eating disorder? Do you believe that you must “give up” something during Lent in order to follow your religious beliefs? I frequently here of people giving up desserts, sweets, snacks, or other food types during Lent. Although this may be a spiritual act for some …

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex disorder that is said to affect 2 % of the population. It is more commonly diagnosed in women and frequently occurs with other mental illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. Being diagnosed with BPD can be scary, frustrating, and comforting- to know that other people are experiencing similar symptoms and …

Writing a Letter to Your Body

Writing a letter to your body can be very beneficial for those who are struggling with poor body image.  Here is a worksheet I have created to help you improve your relationship with your body.  We all deserve to appreciate our body and everything it does for us every day! 1. What do you appreciate about your different body parts? …

Why Diets Don’t Work

So many people are in the process of setting New Year’s resolutions and one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. We see people making drastic changes in what they are eating and starting or increasing workout sessions. The problem with diets is simple, they don’t work (nearly 80% of people regain the weight they lost …