Finding and Refining Your Values: Taking Recovery to the Next Level

This is a guest post by Olivia Knieff, sharing her real-life experience navigating recovery from an eating disorder.


Do you know what in life is important to you?  The things that initially come to mind probably include family and friends, pets (or in my case, furbabies), maybe even a prized possession or social cause.  But why are those things important?  Are they meeting a need that lines up with your values?  Maybe you value justice, and volunteer with a group that promotes equality in your community.  Perhaps taking risks is important to you, so you continually push the bounds of your comfort zone.  Our values serve us by acting as a compass for our behavior. It is important to know what our core values are in order live the lives we want. Continue reading “Finding and Refining Your Values: Taking Recovery to the Next Level”

So You Have an Eating Disorder, Now What? A Practical Guide to Finding an ED-Savvy Dietician

This is a guest post by Olivia Knieff, sharing her real-life experience navigating recovery from an eating disorder.  

When I was diagnosed with an eating disorder in the spring of 2014, my medical practitioner gave me two recommendations:

  1. Find a psychologist who specializes in eating disorder treatment.
  2. Find a dietician who specializes in intuitive eating.  (If you’re thinking, “intuitive what?!” you can find more information here).  

My head was spinning, but I kept these suggestions in mind and began my search with the help of my dear friend, Google.

Starting the Search

Finding a psychologist whose areas of expertise fit my needs was relatively easy because of reputable sites like Psychology Today.  However, I quickly got lost in a sea of self-proclaimed “health coaches” and “wellness experts” when I searched for a dietician. From the work I’d already begun doing with my psychologist, I was learning that “diet mentality” (those big promises of a better life with just a few less pounds and inches) was something I needed to avoid in order to progress in recovery. Continue reading “So You Have an Eating Disorder, Now What? A Practical Guide to Finding an ED-Savvy Dietician”

The Only App You Need If You Are In Recovery For An Eating Disorder (And It’s Free!)

If you are in recovery for an eating disorder, you probably know that it takes constant accountability and support to stay on track.  But what if you only attend therapy once or twice a week?  How can you be held accountable and receive support in between? Continue reading “The Only App You Need If You Are In Recovery For An Eating Disorder (And It’s Free!)”

4 Ways To Have A Body Positive (or Body Neutral) Summer

 

Every time I see a magazine showcasing how to “get a bikini body in 4 weeks” or lose weight for summer, I want to burn it. Not just hold a lighter to the edge, but to create a magnificent bonfire of body-shaming magazines and calmly watch them go up in flames.

Does this fantasy seem extreme?  Perhaps the imagery is, but the sentiment is not.  I am continually outraged how our society, culture, and media tells us only certain types of bodies (generally thin, cis-gender, and white) are allowed to be seen and showcased.   Body-shaming media perpetuates the kind of toxicity which breeds low self-esteem, body image issues and disordered eating in our population.  Unfortunately, the messages amplify in months leading up to summer.   Continue reading “4 Ways To Have A Body Positive (or Body Neutral) Summer”

8 Body Positive Blogs You Should Read Right Now

 

I was having coffee with a friend the other day and the conversation turned to the struggle of body shaming (by others and ourselves) and body acceptance.  We talked about the difficulty of loving our bodies in a culture where we are continually bombarded with messages from media, magazines, and movies that tell us our bodies are not acceptable unless they fit in the narrow definition of beauty.

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Sign outside The Coffee Tree in Loveland, CO.

After this conversation with my friend, the topic continued swirling around in my head as I was writing my to-do list for the following day.  Among the many chores listed (which, let’s be honest, I only completed half), I wrote down the single task: “Read Body Positive Blogs.” Continue reading “8 Body Positive Blogs You Should Read Right Now”