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Blog Archives: December 2014

"Ask Emily" New Year's Resolutions

December 31, 2014.
  • Each new year can prompt people to start thinking about year-long goals they would like to achieve. This can also bring on added stress and anxiety.

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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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