When I first went into recovery, I knew that it was going to be a learning curve, but one of the hardest lessons I had to learn was to do with exercise. There had been so much focus on my weight and eating habits in the early stages of my recovery that exercise was anything but in the forefront. It wasn’t until about a year into my recovery that I was faced with a difficult truth: exercise isn’t always healthy.
I remember the first time I learned about eating disorders. My mom bought me an illustrated book called “Woman Up!” from Chapters...
Q: I keep getting told I need to feel my feelings but I don’t know how to do that or what it even really means.
A: As a therapist, many people believe that the main area of focus in my work with clients would be on helping them understand and work through their emotions. This belief would be accurate.
It’s time for us to talk about To The Bone.
Given the flurry of media attention surrounding the controversial Netflix film, and the complexity of the issues raised by the individuals and organizations who have voiced their opinions of it, Looking Glass has decided to compose a collective response to the film from our perspective as an eating disorder recovery-focused organization.
Words are a weapon. Words are medicine. Words can be cruel. Words can be beautiful. The power of language is a gift and a tool entrusted to humanity, and it took a lead role in many of the lessons I learned at this year’s Looking Glass Summer Camp.
Q: I am heading back to school this year and am worried about maintaining my recovery when I am under all that stress. Any thoughts?
A: I love this question and in large part because simply asking and being worried about this very valid concern means you are already taking steps to prevent a relapse.
Q: How do I allow my supports into my recovery process?
A: One of the most common issues when someone is struggling with an eating disorder is often self-enforced isolation. One of the most important pieces of recovery is letting others in so we can heal and move towards a healthy recovered life.
What is recovery?
If you have ever suffered or supported someone who has an eating disorder, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question – over and over again.
As we anticipate the arrival of summer, something that can become thought consuming, is the idea of being beach body ready.
I really didn't want to talk about this today.
In fact, most days I don't want to talk about this. I'm tired, frustrated, and quite frankly, bored talking about this. But this is a conversation that really needs to happen – because we live in a culture that perpetually shames, abuses, and harasses the bodies that inhabit it. And I can't afford to be sick and tired of talking about it, because the stakes are too high and we still have a lot of work to do together.