Recovery during the holidays - Support for Trans People

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The holidays present a lot of challenges for people with eating disorders. Not only is there a heavy focus on food, body image, and “healthy” new year’s resolutions, but often there are interactions with distant family members or friends—people you don’t necessarily see on a weekly or monthly basis.

This doesn’t affect me as much anymore, but seeing distant relatives used to be a trigger for me because many of them didn’t know about my gender identity.

Daddy's little girl has an eating disorder

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TRIGGER WARNING: the following material may be triggering for some individuals – please read with caution.

I was always my daddy’s little girl. I would watch Coronation Street and Seinfeld with him on Sunday mornings as a child, and curl up in his lap. I didn’t understand the humor in these shows or why my dad liked them so much but still I sat with him – I didn’t inch for the remote or distract him.

What IDPD means to me

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In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I’d like to share with you the story of someone very important to me and why I recognize not only this day, but every other day, as a day to celebrate the inclusion of persons with disabilities. I must preface this blog with a “bear with me” as I am quite passionate about this subject and indebted to its content.

My brother was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Eating Disorder Holiday Survival Guide

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Surviving the holidays when you have an eating disorder is not always easy. If you are like many of my clients you are not looking forward to the holiday parties, events, dinners, and plans.

For most, this is overwhelming because you know there will be food involved and fear is what causes you anxiety. You are worried:

Digesting the Indigestible

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TRIGGER WARNING: the following material may be triggering for some individuals. Please read with caution. 

Everyday life comes to us in the way of a “meal”, asking us to digest and metabolize the daily events, excreting what doesn’t work, and assimilating what does. 

What happens when the life event, is too heavy, too big, to digest in a day, month, year or even decade?

Why I Don’t Think The Media Caused My Eating Disorder

TRIGGER WARNING: the following material may be triggering for some individuals. Please read with caution. 

 

Who is “the media”?

 

Is it the morning news that I used to watch while I ate my Cheerios? Is it the fitness magazines that I desperately consumed all through middle school and high school? Is it The Biggest Loser or What Not To Wear or To The Bone? Is it the weight loss books that I checked out of my local library? Is it those infuriating Beachbody ads I keep seeing on Facebook? Is it Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram?

The Media’s Beauty Ideals #fakenews

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I would like to wish you all a happy belated International Day of the Girl Child! It’s truly good to be alive in an era where we can celebrate being female! However, we must acknowledge that there is still a lot of room for growth to bring equity to girls worldwide. Many females aren’t being given the same opportunity as males, and here in North America we are still being misrepresented by the media.

Never Give Up On Recovery

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When my grandmother was 80 years old, she was a ‘quit smoking’ expert - she quit more times than most people have cooked lunches. She eventually quit and lived to the ripe old age of 98 - a prime example of never quitting.

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