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UCSD Eating Disorder Research Study (Participants Wanted)

I was recently contacted by Laura Greathouse (cool name!) from the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Research. They are actively seeking participants for a study of eating disorder recovery and the brain.  Below are some of the details and please…

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3 Must Have’s For a Happy Life

I recorded a podcast with Alen Standish of ProgressNotPerfection.com last week and it was so much fun. Click here to listen from Alen's website to our 1 hour call on Creating Happiness! As I was preparing for the interview, I…

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An Insight into Eating Disorders in Men

A post from my friend and writer/blogger Laura Chapman. Like most people I had always associated eating disorders with women, but that was until two of my male friends disclosed to me that they were struggling with their relationship with…

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Actually, You Aren’t Really Afraid of Getting Fat

I’ve received email after email that has the same statement in it... I want to recover/be happy/live a normal life, but “I’m afraid of getting fat." Really?! That’s what stopping you from a life of happiness and freedom? You’re letting…

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Tell a New Story & Create Your New Life

Last month I attended a week long workshop called Date with Destiny with Tony Robbins in Palm Springs, CA.  It was a wonderful program and Tony was definitely on his game.  I met so many wonderful new people from around…

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Chocolate Won’t Make You Happy. Here’s Why.

I started my day by listening to a few Abraham Hicks videos today to set my vibrational tone.  The video that stood out was this one called New 30 Day Processes for Success (also embedded here).  I was delighted…

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A Day Full of Gratitude – My Lessons Learned

My intention today as I awoke was to be grateful.  I recalled from all of the Abraham Hicks videos I've been listening to lately that we are most receptive and able to set our vibrational tone for the day first…

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30 Day Challenges For Personal Growth

I'm a fan of personal growth. Ever since 2005 when I attended the Landmark Forum and it changed the course of my eating disorder, and life, I've was a believer. We've all heard that "we're either growing or dying". You…

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Today’s Theme: Single Task

Today's theme as a part of my 10 day ZenHabits challenge is: Single Task That to me sounds like "the opposite of multi-task".  So, that's how I went about things today. ha ha...let me rephrase that so it's more accurate:…

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Today’s Theme: Find Pleasure in Anything

I'm enjoying continuing my daily routine of setting an intention, or theme for my day as part of my 10 day ZenHabits challenge.  This is totally something I came up with on my own and it's been a lot of…

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My Eating Disorder Recovery Pinterest Board

If you're a Pinterest lover like me, be sure to check out my Pinterest board of eating disorder recovery quotes and inspirations.  I was just reading my own pins and I'm inspired by how much love and hope and light…

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Today’s Theme: Focus on People

Little did I know a few days ago when I first started my 10 day ZenHabits challenge that I would enjoy this process so much. I guess I figured I would or else I wouldn't have chosen to do it.…

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Today’s Theme: Disconnect

Today's theme as part of my 10 day ZenHabits challenge is: Disconnect This doesn't mean disconnecting from people or taking myself into the mountains.  It was about disconnecting from technology, my inbox and all things that I commonly use to…

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Today’s Theme: Be Present

Today was amazing.  I am inspired by how having a theme for my day is really setting the tone for how my day unfolds.  And how I show up in that day. Today's theme was: Be present. Just in case…

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Today’s Theme: Do Less

I'm excited to share my theme for today: Do Less. Yesterday I posted about those racing bulimia thoughts and how they can create anxiety and nervous energy. I offered a few ideas and insights that subscribers shared about how they…

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Bulimia Recovery Tip: Extreme Self Care

I'd like to share a bulimia recovery tip, but I think this advice applies to all women - whether you have bulimia, anorexia or no eating disorder at all. This is what I refer to as my "prescription for extreme…

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Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2013 – Thank You!

I'm honored to share that this little bulimia recovery blog of mine was honored again this year to be awarded one of The Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2013 by Healthline.com. I'm so grateful. I'm so hopeful. I'm freakin' motivated…

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Regain Your Power Over Food – Webinar May 16th

One of my favorite things to teach about the bulimia recovery process is The Triad.  The Triad is how you create your state of being - or just your "state" - and is made up of three important factors. Body…

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Stop Binge Eating With A Personal Check In

A lot of the coaching clients I work with enjoy this technique I have to share with you today for your bulimia recovery. The Personal Check In The personal check in is an emotional status check with yourself.  Watch this…

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Share Your Eating Disorder Secret – It Helps!

If you're living with the secret of anorexia or bulimia, please understand your eating disorder behaviors thrive on your shame. The more you isolate yourself, the more you keep it a secret, the more it leads to suffering. If you…

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Life Will Never Be The Same Again – YES!

If you saw my previous post, you saw that I was heading to a Tony Robbins conference (Unleash the Power Within) last weekend. A few people have asked me, "So, how was it?" It was hard, like really hard, for…

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Bulimia Help Tip: Nourishing Your Body

This is a guest post by friend and holistic recovery & health coach, Pauline Hanuise. When I started to recover from my 15 years of struggle with bulimia, learning about nutrition and how my body worked played a crucial role.…

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Bulimia Help: In the Presence of Sadness

As I sit here I'm feeling a deep sadness - or perhaps a cocktail of emotions really. A mixture of anger, frustration, sadness and disappointment. The remnants of lingering emotions from an earlier conversation today that was deeply felt by…

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Bulimia Support Group & Coaching Calls

I'm in the midst of starting up what I hope will become a huge network of bulimia support group calls (and all ED's really).  If you're not on my newsletter, you may not have seen my message about these calls,…

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Bulimia Support Group Calls – Are You Interested?

If you're not already on my email newsletter, you may not have heard that I'm putting together bulimia support group/coaching calls right now. I have not promoted them online or posted the dates/times yet because I'm still inviting people to…

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Empowerment Thinking: Choose Your Thoughts

What if I told you you were a meaning making machine? You go around through your day making meaning of all of the things you see and that come into your life. In every situation your mind is giving meaning…

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Here’s How You Can Overcome Bulimia Forever

I'm excited to share a few bulimia help tips in the form of my recommendations for 13 rituals for sustained bulimia recovery.  If that left you asking, "what do you mean by rituals?" Allow me to explain. You are your…

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Social Media for Bulimia & Anorexia Recovery

I was at this internet conference in San Francisco last weekend  to learn more about social media for bulimia and anorexia recovery. Ok, the conference wasn't specifically focused on that - in fact I think I may have been the…

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Eating Disorder Help: Ask Better Questions

I'm excited to share this eating disorder help idea I have for you. Early on in my bulimia recovery I learned about the process of manifestation which says our... Thoughts --> Feelings --> Actions --> Results I think this definition…

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My Authenticity Project – Status Update

Dinner with my Mom as we enjoyed a sunset in Morro Bay near my home. Gorgeous! I'm 26 days into my personally prescribed Authenticity Project (based upon the theme of Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project).  If you didn't see…

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3 Tips to Stop Worrying

Will this structured meal plan make me gain weight?  If I have dinner with a friend, will I be able to stop the urge to binge after we eat?  I've had this eating disorder for 15 years, what if I…

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Tell a New Story

It's time to tell a new story.I realize now that if you want recovery from anorexia or bulimia you can't keep telling a story of addiction, shame and not-good-enough.That ah-ha moment hit me yesterday as I hiked for three hours…

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I Relapsed. Now I Feel Like a Failure.

In the last week I'm not sure what's happening (Mercury retrograde or whatever) but a number of women shared with me that they're either at the end of their rope with their eating disorder or have relapsed - some after…

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I’m Messy Today

I have a very close girlfriend who first introduced me to the phrase "I'm Messy Today". Once as week I jump on a call with my closest friends (Maoi sisters) and we coach one another in all areas of our…

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Why Serotonin is Your Secret Weapon Against Bulimia

Today is all about one of my favorite [natural] secrets to overcoming bulimia and eating disorders. Serotonin. Now this isn't to say that you just need to pop a pill filled with serotonin and your bulimia or anorexia will disappear. …

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Best Eating Disorder Videos of 2012

Healthline.com recently announced their top 14 eating disorder recovery videos of 2012.  I haven't had a chance to watch them all yet, but I wanted to make sure you had a link to them right away so you could check…

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The 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

It's been just over a year since I originally posted my series about the 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous in time for the holidays.Many years ago the 12 Steps of OA (akin to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous) was…

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Getting to Know ME

I read a great book this week called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  Over the course of a year Gretchen researched what creates happiness as well as experimented with raising her own happiness level. I've decided to create a…

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What Are You Blessed With?

Today is the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the US and I have been reflecting on all of the things I'm thankful for. What makes it especially easy to notice what I'm thankful for is because of the fact that we…

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I AM ENOUGH

If you saw my last post on shame and vulnerability where I shared about Brene Brown's talk on TED, I just wanted to add a little more today after reading more about her books and her work. I just ordered…

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Understanding Shame and Vulnerability

I listened to this amazing TEDx Talk from a charming woman from Houston, Dr. Brene Brown, about the distinctions between shame and guilt and her study of vulnerability (embedded videos below). I highly recommend a listen to both of her…

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Insight From Recovered Bulimic – Live and Learn

This insight came about in sort of an unusual way for my bulimia recovery blog.  But I figure if "my life is my message", then whenever I have new insights about recovery I'll share them.  Whether my learnings about life…

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SLO NEDA Walk Big Success!

Yesterday's NEDA Walk in San Luis Obispo was a huge success.  A huge thank you to Emily Marr, Cal Poly student who organized the event and invited me to speak. If it wasn't for your determination and commitment to spreading…

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Laurie’s Eating Disorder Interview (coming soon)

I just got off the phone with Laurie, who I was interviewing to have her share her eating disorder recovery story.  It was really great and we connected on many levels about our parents, things like collaging and the inner…

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Bulimia FAQ’s (aka Polly’s Ranting)

This post is about a reply I emailed to one of my newsletter subscribers when she asked some of the more common bulimia recovery FAQ's I receive (or see online in forums).  I am basically cutting and pasting the email…

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Eating Disorder TV Show – Casting Call

There is a new TV show in the works called "Breaking the Cycle" from Cineflix Productions. I received a memo this week from one of the casting directors looking for parents or people with eating disorders who would like to…

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Best Apps for Eating Disorders

I just read that HealthPoint announced their "Best Eating Disorder Apps of 2012".  The link takes you to all of the top 13 apps for eating disorders for both the iPhone and Android platforms. If you could do me a…

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NEDA Walk In San Luis Obispo, CA (Guest Post)

Hello, My name is Emily Marr and I am a third year nutrition major, Psychology minor at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo (SLO). I am hosting a National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) walk in SLO at Mitchell Park on…

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Bulimia Help: Stop A Binge With Grounding Techniques

I'm so inspired by the bulimia help exercises I've learned from Maira Holzmann, the eating disorder therapist and coach who's helping me co-facilitate my Spiritual Warrior Mentoring program this month.  The grounding techniques she's shared for how to stop a…

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Need Help for Bulimia? I Believe in You

If you could use some help for bulimia today please remember one thing: I believe in you. I don't know where you are in your life - if you're young or old, binging and purging or in complete recovery, white…

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The Best Secret Weapons to Beat Binge Eating

One of the participants in my Spiritual Warrior Mentoring asked a great bulimia help question on the call last night.  I'll paraphrase because I think a lot of people trying to overcome bulimia can relate.  She asked... "I can't stop…

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Why Self-Awareness?

Self Awareness is when your present moment awareness allows you to recognize your personality, physical state and who you're being in any moment.  It includes being conscious of things like your thoughts, [limiting] beliefs, energetic state (vibration), physical conditions and…

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Self-Soothing Exercises for Sadness

Self-soothing exercises are great to have around for those days when sadness falls upon you.  Today is one of those days for me.  Usually I try to be uplifting and positive, but not every day can be that way.  I…

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Today is Bulimia Awareness Day

Recovery is Possible - Help Spread the Word! Welcome!  Today is Bulimia Awareness Day on my bulimia recovery blog and around the web. I’m celebrating this day in collaboration with a community of self-love and women’s empowerment bloggers.  We want…

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Tomorrow is Bulimia Awareness Day

In case you haven't heard...tomorrow is the [unofficial] Bulimia Awareness Day on the web.  I'm thrilled to be participating and the amazing group of coaches, therapists and recovery program websites who have come together for this first-ever online event. I'm…

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My Bulimia Recovery – Lessons Learned

I don’t know what you were doing back in 2005, but I was coming out about my big secret - my life with bulimia after two decades of misery.  I share my full bulimia recovery story in my ebook, so…

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How to Help a Friend With Bulimia

Welcome beautiful, loving YOU. Do you know that’s who you are? You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t care for your friend and deep inside want them to be healthy and happy.  You are a wonderful human being that…

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Real Grace Under Pressure

I had the opportunity recently to witness real grace under pressure and I want to share some insights about living today and life's pressures. A dear friend of mine is having some pretty interesting life changes taking place all at…

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Appreciation – Create a Shift in Your Life

Self-love is one of the keys to lasting eating disorder recovery in my opinion.   Yet I've come to realize recently that it is the feeling of appreciation (of anything, not just ourselves) that creates a shift in our lives. When…

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Bulimia Support – Never Ever Give Up Hope

I'm so inspired tonight as I write this.  About 2 hours ago I received an email from a woman who was on my blog and emailed me.  I'll call her "Z".  She emailed me needing bulimia support out of sheer…

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Your Bulimia Recovery Quest: Inspiration or Motivation?

A thought for you today...is your bulimia recovery quest based upon motivation or inspiration?  I couldn't have said for sure what the difference between the two was until I listened to an Abraham video recently that helped clarify things for…

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With Hope You Can Achieve Anything

Just want to share a powerful interaction I had tonight with a new friend.  Chloee reached out to me through an online forum I joined.  She shared that she's a bulimic struggling with purging twice a day (down from about…

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Bulimia Help: Escape the Diet & Exercise Mindset

I joined an online fitness community today just so I could post a bulimia help answer to a recovering bulimic's question about meal plans.  In her question she asked the community to share their food plans (how many times a…

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Bulimia Support – The Stream of Well Being

While bulimia support can take many forms I think the best thing I can offer you today is to share what I've been noticing in my life over the past few days.  The more I come to understand Abraham's teachings…

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One of My Favorite Inspirational Videos

I just loved this Abraham Hicks video when I first listened to it on my iPhone during a hike today.  It's not exactly an eating disorder help video per se, but the positive vibration and uplifting feeling I had told…

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Good Questions to Ask Yourself

I believe help for bulimia begins and ends with you.  Yes, you can get a lot of support from friends, family, therapists, support groups and the like.  But in the end it's who you are with yourself that makes the…

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Three Feel Good Videos

My husband and I were spending time browsing some of our favorite videos and I'm inspired to share a few.  In recovery, bulimia support comes in many forms.  Doing what makes me feel good, raises my vibration or even moves…

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The Bulimia Recovery Bug

How is bulimia recovery like a travel bug?  I’m not sure if we’re born with the bug to travel or if it’s something you get after your first big trip, but I’ve had the travel bug for as long as…

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Beat Bulimia By Taking It Easy

When you want to beat bulimia you come to understand that living happily ever after is more about being happy and less about beating up on yourself.  Taking it easy is natural and normal and will uplift and inspire you…

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Alternative Bulimia Treatments

Bulimia Recovery: Go With The Flow

Our Bali Trip in 2011 - Going With The Flow For those of you just starting your bulimia recovery journey, I want to help you understand that each day of life in recovery is a little different.  Just like when…

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Want Bulimia Recovery? Practice Being Happy

I've been wanting to share about how to be happy for a couple of days.  As you may have noticed, I love hiking.  I live in San Luis Obispo, CA, and we have some of the best hiking spots on…

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