Love Your Body, Love Yourself

 *Reprinted from “Body Image” issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (1), p. 5 Few of us today escape some kind of dissatisfaction about the way we look. In a 2008 study, only 10% of BC adolescent girls in Grades 7 through 12 rated themselves as very satisfied with their body image, compared to 19% of … Read More

An Invitation to Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves

 *Reprinted from “Body Image” issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (1), p. 35   I don’t think anyone can be fully prepared for working in the field of eating disorder prevention. It is frustrating, empowering and challenging all at the same time. Having struggled with an eating disorder and negative body image myself, I felt … Read More

Providing Empathy

  They say that pain is more bearable in the company of another human being.  It is healing and comforting to share perspectives without being judged.  Now, imagine yourself trying to support a loved one through recovery from an eating disorder.  Their irrational and critical thoughts, unhealthy rituals, vicious behaviors – How can you empathize … Read More

Finding What Was Lost

Laughter.  Joy.  Happiness.  Peace.  These are all things I never thought I would feel again.  At the height of my anorexia, I was numb.  The only things I thought about were food and exercise.  Every day centered around what and when I would eat, as well as when I would exercise.  My plans for each … Read More

“Why?”

Over and over and over again my brain questions: Why?  Why am I struggling today? Why do I feel this anxiety now? Why do I feel so fat, so ugly?  Why? What is different today from yesterday? Why did my clothes fit better last week? Why do I feel so differently today then I did … Read More

Confessions of a Dietitian

My approach and views on body weight have changed a lot since I became a dietitian back in the late 90’s. I was taught that weight control could be achieved by simply balancing calories in with calories out. My diet plans consisted of a list of foods to eliminate. Moving to Canada in 2003 was … Read More

EDAW at UBC Okanagan

Looking back on Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) was a bustling campus. Adding to this busy feeling, the team at UBCO made efforts in several ways to promote the awareness of eating disorders throughout the campus and valley. On campus, information booths were held in the afternoon throughout the … Read More

Reblog: From Survive to Thrive Guide

Reblog of a previous post.   Why did I take on the project of creating a Guide for recovering from an eating disorder? And why did I want it written by those with lived experience? Because I know from personal experience that there are some pieces to an eating disorder that cannot be explained. There … Read More

Why I am grateful for my Eating Disorder.

The other morning, I went to an early yoga class at my local yoga studio. I arrived, lay out my mat, and then sat down in a comfortable position. As I began to sink into my mat, and allow myself to get lost in the instrumental music softly playing in the background, I began to … Read More

Missed our PEDAW Pinwheel event? Listen to the recording here!

On Thursday, February 4th, 2016, a special Pinwheel event took place during Eating Disorders Awareness Week to address the interplay between our brain, body and beliefs. Body image is perhaps the least understood and most complex of the issues the society experiences. The repetition of negative messages and experiences over time about our bodies can become internalized … Read More