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Articles tagged with: Body Image

Yoga: Legs Up the Wall

January 29, 2015.
  • By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, ERYT 
    Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager, The Emily Program

    The first of our Emily Program yoga series begins with a classic pose for cultivating relaxation, aiding in stress reduction, and promoting a gentle stretch in the legs. In this video, you will see the pose in its more traditional form. However, there are several variations that can be taken to meet your current needs. Some physical modifications may include relaxing in this pose while lying in your bed, or by placing a folded blanket under your low back or head for added support. Other options could include using an eye pillow or incorporating aromatherapy. It's all about doing what feels good in your body and listening to what it needs.

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When Does Exercising Become Unhealthy?

January 06, 2015.
  • By Joanna Hardis, LISW-S at The Emily Program-Cleveland

    Exercise Room

    As we enter a new year, everywhere I turn I’m seeing commercials for home video programs promising body transformations; I’m receiving countless offers for weight-loss and fitness programs; and I cannot open a magazine without being inundated with exercises guaranteeing a better, leaner body.

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Tips for the Holidays: Planning For and Enjoying the Gathering

December 18, 2014.
  • PineconeInTree-ForHolidayPart1Special occasions or holidays often involve family rituals and traditions with food as an integral part of the gathering. With the hectic schedules that many people have today, these may be one of the few times that a family comes together to eat. However, holidays pose unique challenges for people with eating disorders that often disrupt the joyful part of the holiday celebration. In this three part series we'll cover everything from planning to enjoying some non-food experiences.

    Today let's discuss planning. Planning ahead may be the key to the challenges of holiday meals and helping you be able to enjoy the conversation and good times with friends and family at your holiday celebrations. Following are some tips to help you prepare…

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Are You Pregnant?

December 16, 2014.
  • This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed. 

    By Tiffany Hammer, outreach specialist at The Emily Program

    In my last blog I talked about the importance of "I choose to be happy" in my life. That affirmation helped me to break the vicious cycle of negative self-talk that plagued my thoughts and tormented my relationship with food. I punished myself with large quantities of food and thought that no matter how hard I worked on my healthy lifestyle goals, it all felt hopeless. I very strongly believe that recovery is possible, even some days when it can be a struggle. Recovery is a journey, and it gets easier.

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Vegan and In Recovery

December 11, 2014.
  • This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed. 

    By Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    What does vegan mean to you? This is a question I ask people all the time, as it's my job to educate others about veganism. In the nineteen years I've been vegan, the word has gone from completely foreign to a household term and as the word has increased in use, perceptions about what it means are all over the map.

    When I ask people what vegan means to them, most immediately launch into listing off all of the things that vegans don't eat. "Vegans don't eat meat, dairy, or eggs, right?" Right. But that's not the end or the beginning of the story.

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“Ask Emily” Social Media

December 09, 2014.
  • Some information shared on social media sites can be triggering for those who struggle with an eating disorder or body image issues. In this edition of "Ask Emily" Social Media, Dr. Jillian Lampert discusses some ideas about how to balance the desire to stay connected with friends and families and continue on a healthful path.

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Butterfly Love 2

December 04, 2014.
  • This is one person's experience; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Alexandra Miles, a former The Emily Program client in recovery

    Self-acceptance and Self-nurturance   

    Alexandra Butterfly love  PastedGraphic-1Transcendence from fear to unconditional love is the path of awakening. When we see with the heart, spread our wings, and learn to fly we become beings of radiant light.

    The month of December is the month of snowflakes, giving, receiving, and playing. It is the month of unconditional love, light, and joy. When we tap into our heart and love ourself unconditionally we can spread love and light to our community during a month of dark nights and short days. This month is a month to ignite the light within and shine it onto ourselves and others.

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Telling Our Truths

December 02, 2014. Written by Cami Applequist
  • This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Cami Applequist, a former TEP client and woman in recovery

    Telling your own truth out loud is powerful. I have always thought so, but not until I started telling the truth about my own eating disorder did I realize how powerful it actually is.

    The first day of inpatient treatment I sat with a group of women and said out loud for the first time that I didn’t think I should ever eat and I meant it. I also said out loud that most of the time I hated myself whenever I ate. Then I cried. For the first time I wasn’t cracking a joke about my weight, making that my humorous excuse for not accepting dessert.

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Do Males Struggle With Eating Disorders?

November 20, 2014.
  • It’s true. Eating disorders do not discriminate … males struggle too. Recent data shows that 1 in 33 adult males struggle with an eating disorder. That’s much higher than the 1 in 10 statistic that has been reported in past years. 1 in 33 is an eye-opening statistic.

    In this short video, Dr. Jillian Lampert talks about this statistic and how eating disorders present in males.

    If you think your son, husband, boyfriend, friend, loved one may have an eating disorder, gently talk to them about your concerns. And don’t forget about getting support for yourself too. Click here to see Dr. Lampert’s advice in “Ask Emily” My Boyfriend’s Habits are Concerning. This advice could be used for anyone in your life whom you are concerned about.

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“Ask Emily” My Boyfriend’s New Habits are Concerning

November 18, 2014.
  • Whether it’s your boyfriend, girlfriend, or any other significant person in your life – approaching someone you are concerned about is difficult. Dr. Jillian Lampert provides some ways that you can talk to your loved one about your concerns, and ways you can also get support for yourself.

    If you have a question, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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I Choose To Be Happy

October 14, 2014.
  • This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Tiffany Hammer, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program

    Recently I encountered a discussion about a group that a provider facilitated where they tried to talk about the reflection topic "I choose to be happy". The provider mentioned that it was a difficult topic to elicit group participation. Hearing this, I wasn't surprised. That affirmation can be intimidating. Yet it taught me the power of choice and who I want to be.

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8 Ideas to Help Improve Body Image

September 16, 2014.
  • By Katie Teresi

    It may surprise people to know that body image is much more than what you see in the mirror. In fact, it spans how you picture yourself in your mind, what you believe about your own appearance, and what you think about your weight, height, and shape. It even covers how you feel in your own body.

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Experiencing Beautiful

August 28, 2014.
  • By Katie Teresi

    Think, for a moment, about who or what is beautiful to you. It could be people, places, things...

    Now here’s a challenge: If you eliminated every beautiful thing you thought of that was based on sight, how many things would be left?

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It’s Work and It’s Hard and It’s Wonderful

August 04, 2014.
  • By Cami Applequist, a former client in recovery

    Twenty-two years ago I was a 22-year-old high achieving college student who had already studied overseas three times for a total of two and a half years and was fluent in a second language. I worked thirty hours a week and attended college classes full time while maintaining good grades. I managed to keep a large circle of friends well entertained and my nuclear and extended family happy by participating in family events at least ninety percent of the time. I was on the road to a job in marketing and advertising; to a dream life of red suits, nice cars, high pay and what I thought at the time would be happiness.

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