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Archives for May, 2011

Culture

Weighted Words: What A Perfect Food World Looks Like


Today, I'm thrilled to present a beautifully written guest post by Joy Choquette, who writes the awesome blog 156 Things, where she takes on about three things each week that take her out of her comfort zone. I love Joy's writing, and I'm honored to share the below post with you.

Joy is a Vermont-based professional writer. As she says,  among her many interests are psychology geekery, people-watching and interpreting and everything...
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Body Image

The 7 Vital Types Of Self-Care

I used to think that self-care was taking a day off, getting a pedicure and washing my hair often enough that I didn't frighten young children.

Even more so, years ago, the words "self-care" rarely entered my mind. They had no part in my routine, let alone my vocabulary.

In grad school, any attempts to take care of myself vanished. I felt a surge of shame every time I wanted to do something for...
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Eating & Dieting

On Food & Big Appetites

I'm the type of person who looks forward to a party partially because of the food. I love cake and eat dessert daily. I get excited to chump on carrots and enjoy a plate of berries, watermelon and grapes. I mean giddy with excitement.

I've also never met a pizza or fettuccine Alfredo I didn't like.

While now I embrace my love for food, years ago, I used to condemn it. I resented...
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Boys & Men

The Stigma Of Eating Disorders & Setting Stereotypes Straight

Eating disorders are serious biologically-based mental illnesses, which can affect anyone.
They do not discriminate by age, gender, class, color, culture, size, shape or weight.
They cause a variety of health complications, including heart problems, electrolyte imbalances and osteoporosis.
Eating disorders also have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Yes, you read that correctly.
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Eating Disorder

Supporting Someone Who’s Consumed By Their Eating Disorder


Social support is so important in helping someone who's struggling with an eating disorder. But how do you support someone if all they can focus on is the ED?

That's the excellent and difficult question that reader Julie posed a few weeks ago. She wrote:

i have a good friend who is currently undergoing inpatient treatment for anorexia and bulimia. she is quite far away from where we live (canada) –...
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