Living Proof of Recovery

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Shira Charpentier is the founder of the nonprofit Living Proof MN, which is a peer-based program that supports those working towards recovery from their eating disorders and offers hope, inspiration, and lived experience. LPMN offers mentoring, peer-led support groups, groups for supporters, meal support, education and resources, as well as a unique family style live-in […]

The One Where We Talk About COVID.

I distinctly remember my first virtual session I had with my therapist back in the beginning of quarantine. I remember feeling a sense of disconnection and fear as I had to accept that this was going to be our reality for the foreseeable future. But above all, I remember the conversation we had. Seeing as […]

What I Truly Gained… Take 2.

*Trigger Warning: This post contains talk of numbers and scales.* It was nearly a year and a half ago when I openly admitted to y\’all that despite being in a good place with my recovery, I lost my ever loving mind when a doctor told showed me that I had gained 20 pounds in 2 […]

Awash with Uncertainty – How do We Cope?

Sponsored blog post: We at ANAD are thankful to Kirsten Muller-Daubermann, Community Relations Specialist, at Timberline Knolls for sharing this post with us! Uncertainty seems to be the only thing certain, as of late. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, much of what seemed predictable, certain and “normal,” has evaporated, and the […]

Omission

I don’t like the word lie, so I preferred to say omission. It just seemed easier. In the very same way, it seemed easier to turn a blind eye every single time I would write he instead of she in all of my poems. Two years. It has been two years of hopeless dates, hiding the truth, and faking […]

Five healthy ways to use screen time during COVID-19  

Sponsored blog post: We at ANAD are thankful to Elizabeth Hamlin, MD. at Rogers Behavioral Health for sharing this post with us! Too much screen time can have a negative effect on mental health. However, during the COVID-19 crisis when social distancing and isolation are necessary, we are being asked to intentionally avoid having the […]

Finding Courage during Uncertain Times

Sponsored blog post: We at ANAD are thankful to EDCare for sharing this post with us! Many of our lives have experienced a considerable shift in the past few months. Work, celebrations, trips to the grocery store, and spending time with the people you love might look a little different right now. The one thing […]

What Loss Has Taught Me About Life.

I think we can agree that 2020 has not been the start of a new decade we expected. And though the pandemic and killer bees scare me as much as the next person, what I wake up everyday wondering is who am I going to lose next. Who will I receive a phone call, text […]

If I had a dime…

… for every time I heard someone say “I can’t wait for things to go back to normal…” I’d be able to afford the amount of canned goods and Clorox wipes I’ve been buying. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve said it too and (not so) secretly still wish it. But the fact of the […]

How Am I Expected To Stay In Recovery During A Pandemic?!

As I settled into my mat this afternoon, my yoga instructor encouraged us all to focus our intentions onto letting go of something we have been gripping onto. I closed my eyes, brought my hands to my heart, and started crying. I was alone and in my bedroom, not at the studio surrounded by the […]