2017 New Year’s Resolutions for Health and Happiness

Worrying about possible weight gain after the holidays can be an issue for many people, but especially those who have eating disorders. It is hard not to pick on body image and weight after being out of a routine, being off of work or school for a week or more, and being with family or loved ones. I see several Indiana University students who take anywhere from 3-4 weeks off at the semester...

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Mid-Life Crisis or Time for Self Care?

Do you ever wonder if your life could be better, if you could have more energy, or if you could feel happier? Do you question whether middle age is causing you to live life to the fullest? Do you wonder if the flame inside you is burning much lower than it had in your past? Have you felt irritated, tired, bored, or anxious? Have you depended on food, alcohol, or other compulsive behaviors to...

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Transition to Fall

Fall in Bloomington can be a wonderful time of year—the leaves are changing color, and there is the cool and crisp feel to the air. Indiana University students are settling into the reality of midterm tests and having fun at football games.  Bloomington residents are out and about in the fall weather and are beginning to think about the upcoming holidays. In other words, there is a...

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Vacations

I am getting ready to go on vacation and can remember the days when I had an eating disorder and when vacations were oftentimes stressful rather than relaxing. Several times I would obsess weeks in in advance about missing my regular exercise and eating routines. I would worry about how to figure out a way to continue to exercise, realizing that I would need to get up far earlier than my...

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Men and Eating Disorders

I am writing about a group that often is overlooked in terms of having eating disorders… Men! Out of those brave men who have been willing to step forward and be part of a questionnaire or research, statistics tell us that 10% of all people who have eating disorders are male. However, as I mentioned, 10% only shows us those who were willing to disclose themselves. My guess is that...

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Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

The Academy for Eating For Eating Disorders, a group of professionals to which I belong, produced nine truths about eating disorders. In sum, these truths can be helpful to the public in order to gain an understanding of people who struggle with eating issues.

Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

Truth...

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Winter Blues

So it’s the middle of January, the holidays are over, and the beginning of the New Year has arrived. Sometimes people feel hopeful about the New Year, and in many cases for people who have eating disorders, there is a worry that they have put on extra pounds over the holidays, and are not feeling at their prime due to weather. In essence, the “winter blues” may have...

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Holiday Stress

It’s November, and I remember years ago when I was in college how I would dread the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving—the one holiday that seemed solely for the function of having a big meal and overeating! The holiday season can be very exciting, but also can be very stressful for people who have eating disorders. Lack of schedule, a focus on overindulgence, and being with family...

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Tips for Eating Healthfully

Thinking ahead

  • Plan your meals for the day: write down what you attempt to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • Try not to eat large portions. Make attempts to eat three different items at each meal to make your plate look colorful.

Food Preparation

  • Try to prepare meals with a friend or family member if...

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Transitioning to College

I have been working with students at Indiana University for the past twenty years. Watching the transition from home to a university environment can be exciting, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. As I watch students arrive on campus for orientation weekends, I know that parents and students can have concerns about the support that is available for eating disorders in Bloomington...

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Anxiety and Depression

Eating disorders are emotional disorders, and are not just about eating. People with eating disorders might have depression and/or anxiety as well as other emotional issues. For example, people who have eating disorders often have felt sad, even in childhood. Sometimes these people have felt anxious in general, or have had anxiety in social situations for most of their lives. These are...

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Warm Weather

Warm weather is upon us (hopefully) and for most people it means a happy time. For a large portion of my clients who have eating disorders, spring can mean increased stress due to having to wear clothing that is more revealing. When you have an eating disorder, and are not yet comfortable with your body, it can be difficult to consider wearing shorts, tank tops, and especially bathing suits....

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Hydration

Warmer weather is around the corner, so staying hydrated is very important.  People who have eating disorders may be involved in one or more behaviors (restricting food intake, purging, over exercise, laxative abuse) that can add to dehydrating the body.  

The body is made up of more than 60 percent water. Believe it or not, food has more to do with hydration than the amount...

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Alternatives to Behaviors

Having an eating disorder is not easy. Resisting the urge to purge, restrict food, over-exercise, and emotionally eat, can be very difficult. Sometimes it is helpful to have a list of alternatives on hand, just in case. It does not mean that you always will be able to choose an alternative listed below instead of a behavior, but having a plan/list on hand can help. The following...

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