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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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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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What If It’s Not Food You’re Craving?

November 06, 2014. Written by Katie Teresi
  • 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 Katie Teresi, a woman in recovery

    What If It’s Not Food You’re Craving?

    When I was battling against my eating disorder, a five-year struggle that faced me first against anorexia nervosa before swinging into binge eating disorder, I constantly craved food. A starving anorexic, my body screamed for the food I denied it. Later, I stayed up late satisfying my body’s want and perceived need for more, more, more food. On both ends of the spectrum, thoughts of food never strayed far from the epicenter of my mind.

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Happies

November 04, 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

    In the midst of eating disorder treatment it is really easy to feel like everything sucks - and that it all sucks really bad. Building an entirely new relationship with food isn’t easy and it involves developing new relationships with family, friends and the way in which we see the world. So it doesn’t just feel like it sucks, it does suck. And it sort of has to suck – because eating disorders suck and all the reasons they exist suck. But know that it is entirely possible to survive all of the suckiness.

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress

October 23, 2014. Written by Katie Teresi
  • No matter who we are, we’re all going to encounter stress throughout our lifetimes. Work, school, busy schedules…sometimes it seems impossible to escape.

    While some stress can be good, being exposed to too much of it for prolonged periods of time can make people turn to unhealthy coping strategies. Withdrawing from friends and family, over- or under-sleeping, and relying on drugs and alcohol are examples of harmful ways to deal with stress. Another common method of managing high stress levels is eating too much or too little – a method that may provide short-term comfort, but can lead to serious long-term effects like eating disorders.

    Learning to manage stress in a healthy and positive way can help to avoid negative coping techniques.

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TEP – Cleveland patient recovers from eating disorder, vows to give back

October 10, 2014.
  • A recent article on Cleveland.com reports on varsity volleyball player Veronica Gehring who was diagnosed with anorexia during her junior season. It began with an obsession to "become faster on the court and a stronger volleyball player," she said.

    But soon she was exercising upwards of four times per day and barely eating anything at all. At times, she'd purge everything if she felt she ate too much.

    After looking to the The Emily Program – Cleveland for help, she was soon hospitalized with a heart rate of 28 beats per minute during the day, falling to 17 beats per minute while sleeping. She was refed in the hospital and later released. The following months were a whirlwind of doctor visits and checkups, but she found herself on the road to recovery.

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Butterfly Love

October 09, 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.

    Alexandra Butterfly love  PastedGraphic-1By Alexandra Miles, a former Emily Program client in recovery

    As I feel the intense heat of change, transformation, and growth within my inner workings, the land reminds me of my greater purpose and the greater whole. As I watch the summer flowers wither away and the birds flying south, I am reminded of my own rhythms and I start to remember why I am here.

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The Best Tool Treatment Gave Me

October 07, 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 Cami Applequist, a former client in recovery

    Most people who know me will tell you that I’m funny. I have always been funny. I always assumed I was funny because that was my role as the fat person in the group.

    Now I know that I am funny simply because I am funny. And also because I have had a lot of training. In the process of therapy and recovery I discovered that I used humor and laughter to disguise difficult emotions.

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3 Things to Think About On Your Journey to Recovery from an Eating Disorder

September 25, 2014.
  • by Katie Teresi

    We wish recovery from an eating disorder was as simple as snapping our fingers, but the reality is that recovery is a journey. A challenging journey? For sure. An impossible one? Definitely not. Always remember that sustainable recovery is attainable. And, while no two paths to recovery are alike, there are a few things everyone should keep in mind while making the journey to an eating disorder-free life.

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Accepting Myself and My Truths

September 02, 2014.
  • EverBeatenYourselfUpWithADonutBy Wendy Blackshaw, marketing director at The Emily Program and a woman in recovery

    A couple months ago I read an email that made me weepy. It was from a Minneapolis yoga instructor who saw one of our Emily Program billboards that says “Ever Beaten Yourself Up with a Donut”? She was writing to thank us because it captured where she had once been – struggling with an eating disorder – but it also captured where she is now – healthy, whole and in a recovery where donuts are eaten. I love these stories. Because it is my story.

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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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A Very Important List

August 26, 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 Cami Applequist, a former client in recovery

    I struggled with both an eating disorder and depression for several years of my life. Over the past few years I have been living a life free from both. I am very grateful for every person who stepped in to give me a hand along the way and for every single thing I picked up that helped me realize that this life of happiness is possible.

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The Meaning of a Birthday

August 22, 2014.
  • Happy-Birthday-to-You-ImageThis is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Jamie Forman, a former Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    I don't get excited about my birthday because of the parties and presents (although I can't complain about those in the slightest :)). I get excited because for me, another birthday marks another year of life; another year of strength and passion and commitment to being clean and sober from everything that I fought against for so long.

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