Holi-Do’s and Don’ts

Do ask me how I am feeling. Don’t comment on what I am wearing or how my body looks. Do engage me in conversation about my goals and hobbies. Don’t walk on egg shells around me just because you know I may feel overwhelmed by the food that surrounds us. Speaking of food, DON’T ask […]

You Still Need To Eat Breakfast.

Dear 8, Please go tell your aunt how scared you are to keep eating. She might be the only one who listens. Dear 12, I’m so sorry that you feel uncomfortable in all of your clothes. I’m even more sorry that nobody was there to hug away some of that discomfort. Dear 15, It’s been […]

Don\’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help!

November is a great month in a lot of ways – fall is out in full force, pumpkins are gracing front steps, and let’s not forget the incredible magic of putting on that super comfy sweatshirt during the first 60 (ok 50) degree day. But fall, in all its transition with back to school and […]

Don\’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help!

November is a great month in a lot of ways – fall is out in full force, pumpkins are gracing front steps, and let’s not forget the incredible magic of putting on that super comfy sweatshirt during the first 60 (ok 50) degree day. But fall, in all its transition with back to school and […]

Don\’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help!

November is a great month in a lot of ways – fall is out in full force, pumpkins are gracing front steps, and let’s not forget the incredible magic of putting on that super comfy sweatshirt during the first 60 (ok 50) degree day. But fall, in all its transition with back to school and […]

The One About Exercise.

For me, exercise has historically been synonymous with the word “permission”. Which I know sounds silly but bear with me. When you’re a kid, you need permission from your parents or caregivers to do things like stay up past your bedtime or have a sleepover with a friend. As you grow older, that need for […]

Founder of ANAD Leaves a legacy of hope.

ANAD lost a legend two weeks ago, and so did the entire eating disorder community. In the midst of ANAD Conference 2019 preparations, we were informed that our founder, Vivian Hanson Meehan, died on Tuesday, September 17. She had been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma earlier this summer, and passed away in her home surrounded by […]

Connecting With ANAD

This wasn’t my plan.   From the time I was six, I experienced and internalized anger, panic, paranoia, and hyper-reactivity. I became like a pinched balloon, plump, filled to the verge of popping. If any air was let out, it was only enough to be able to seal the knot holding it in. Like that […]

There Is No Room For Shame On My Dinner Plate.

\”I am thankful for my struggle, for without it I would not have stumbled across my strength.\”  These are the words that keep me grounded throughout the holidays. Every time the last Thursday of November rolls around I feel my eating disorder trying to creep back up from the depths of recovery it\’s been buried […]