Navigating the Holidays: Q&A with Marsha Hudnall

I'm so thrilled to feature an interview with Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, CD, director and owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women's retreat for healthy living without dieting. She contributes to the blogs A Weight Lifted and We Are the Real Deal, both must-reads! I absolutely love her work and philosophy.

I contacted Marsha to get her take on all the holiday eating hoopla. Below, we talked turkey (sorry, couldn't help it :) ) about healthy eating advice,...

Eating Disorder Recovery: Q&A with Kate Le Page

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of talking with Therese Borchard about her recovery from an eating disorder. I hope to feature Q&As with individuals who've recovered from eating disorders regularly. If you'd like to share your story of recovery, I'd love to hear from you. You can email me at
I'm so pleased to present today's interview with Kate Le Page, the author of GoodBye Ana, a powerful collection of poems about her battle with and recovery from eating disorders....

A Battered Body Image, Part II: Ideas for Not Missing Out

Having a “fat day,” not finding something flattering to wear or outright hating our bodies has made us miss out on many things. We’ve missed out on good times with friends and making friends. We've missed out on dating and dances. Trying out for a sport. Trying on clothes that we like. Kicking butt on a job assignment. Being good to ourselves.

I’ve listed a few suggestions below on quieting our harshest critic (ourselves, of course!) and not missing out.

1. Explore...

A Battered Body Image: Missing Out

If you’re having a "fat day," do you stay in?

Does a fat day dictate whether you get together with your girlfriends or even run a few errands? Does finding a flattering outfit to wear determine your plans? If you can’t find the perfect slimming dress for tonight’s party, do you decline the invite?

Does how you feel about your body change how you structure your day or how your day goes?

Years ago, as a college student, I distinctly remember standing in my walk-in closet,...

Yoga, Eating Disorders & Body Image

Recently a pilot study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that yoga was effective in treating adolescents with anorexia, bulimia and eating disorder not otherwise specified (or EDNOS, the grab bag category, which includes eating disorders that don’t fit the criteria for anorexia or bulimia).

Specifically, the study looked at two groups: one group received standard care, which involved an appointment with a physician or dietician every other week; the second received standard care plus yoga.

Immediately after the yoga sessions, teens reported...

Eating Disorder Recovery: Q&A with Therese Borchard

Today, I’m happy to present an interview with Therese Borchard, who contributes regularly to Psych Central and has her own popular blog, Beyond Blue. There, she writes candidly and thoughtfully about her struggles with depression and anxiety. Her memoir "Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes" will be released in January 2010.

Below, Therese talks about her eating disorder, recovery and what families can do to help a loved one.

1. How and when did your eating disorder...

Minding the Magazines: “Eat This, Not That” Gone Too Far?

Most of us are familiar with the book, Eat This, Not That, and the concept behind it. Magazines are filled with these types of features, showing us which foods are superior to their calorie-soaked counterparts. We regularly see these sorts of segments on TV, too.

But while this information may help us make healthier choices, there's also a slew of insidious messages. When looking through the latest Fitness, where I found some interesting advice, I came across the following sidebar (copied directly...

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