What I Truly Gained.

I am a firm believer that time heals all wounds. Riding the wave, waiting for the storm to pass, dancing in the rain; all that good stuff. But let me tell ya, every single time I walk into a doctor’s office, a familiar brush of panic washes over me as I am asked to hop […]

I Wish I Could Diet.

Raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by diet culture! Keep your hands high in the air if you have ever felt even the slightest bit of envy of those who are buying into the toxic, yet alluring, schemes that are popular diets. Is your hand still raised? Because mine is. I […]

Find Your Safety.

This is probably my most vulnerable post to date. But with all of the holiday and end of year madness, there is no better time than the present to lay it on the line and remind the world that we all struggle! Trauma is a beast. A nasty beast. Seriously, like a 5am morning with […]

Today, I\’m Grateful.

As I sit here thinking about what I could possibly write regarding Thanksgiving, I am both over and underwhelmed. This is now my third year writing as ANAD’s blog manager and again I am daunted with the task of writing on how to survive, arguably, the most triggering holiday for someone who is tackling eating […]

Today, I\’m Grateful.

As I sit here thinking about what I could possibly write regarding Thanksgiving, I am both over and underwhelmed. This is now my third year writing as ANAD’s blog manager and again I am daunted with the task of writing on how to survive, arguably, the most triggering holiday for someone who is tackling eating […]

Today, I\’m Grateful.

As I sit here thinking about what I could possibly write regarding Thanksgiving, I am both over and underwhelmed. This is now my third year writing as ANAD’s blog manager and again I am daunted with the task of writing on how to survive, arguably, the most triggering holiday for someone who is tackling eating […]

Summertime Body Image Issues and Eating Disorders

Despite being the most active and engaging season for some, summer can amplify anxiety over body image insecurities in others. With constant reminders to have the perfect bikini body, it can be a challenge for even confidant women not to become critical of themselves this time of year. Our body image is the perception we have of […]

Eating disorder treatment helps patients overcome their feared foods

As a society, we’ve labeled foods like ice cream, cake, and other indulgent snacks as bad or forbidden, assigning them a level of guilt when eaten. For someone with an eating disorder, that guilt becomes unbearable. Avoidance patterns and fear of certain foods—usually those high in calories, fat, or carbs—are common results of eating disorders, […]

3 tips for talking about body image in summertime when concerns often peak

Going to the beach. Splashing around the pool. Attending barbecues. S’mores and bonfires. Summertime is all about fun times with friends and family. For many, these activities are happily anticipated—but for those struggling with body image concerns, these occasions are often filled with dread. Body image encompasses not only an individual’s perception of his or […]

Just Because My Path Is Different, Doesn\’t Mean I\’m Lost.

Passport ✓ Phone ✓ Wallet ✓ Cliff Bars…? I absolutely love the idea of loving travel. Yes, you read that right. I am a homebody through and through. I thrive on consistency and all things familiar. But, this is not to say that I allow myself to be tied down by this desire for stability. […]