• Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Support Your Loved One

    Open Talks about Eating Disorder Awareness

    It’s pretty fitting that I sat to down to write for NEDA’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week and a fellow eating disorder therapist friend sent me a video of someone eating an apple and drinking water…. While smelling a burger, fries, and coke. I didn’t have the sound on and I don’t know the ends and outs of the video’s purpose or message. I won’t attack the video because attacking others isn’t the appropriate reaction when we see injustice. But I do think this video outlines the gross misconceptions we have around food, dieting and eating disorders. I honestly believe most people are doing the best they can (thanks Brene Brown),…

  • Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Faith,  Shame

    The Power of Body Shame

    I’m struck by the power of body shame when I talk about body/fat acceptance, size dignity, or weight neutrality. I’ve had conversations recently with loved ones and listened to a reflection on Isaiah 61 by size dignity activist Amanda Martinez Beck that has made me reflect on the power of body shame in our culture. My loved ones, clients, and the general population are pretty defensive of body shame. Meaning, they defend that they NEED to feel shame about their body. It often leaves me feeling frustrated and sad. Because when has shame ever been a good thing? Most people can verbalize that shame is not productive. They can recognize…

  • Body Image

    The Light of Sunday

    The light of Sunday breaks across the day. Sunday is here. We can take a deep breath. 2,000 years later we wake on Sunday and we KNOW what this day means… we know that this is the morning where Jesus waltzed out of hell, with the key swinging at his side. We know that this is the morning that his apparent defeat became the greatest victory of all time. But they didn’t know. His mother, his disciples, his loved ones, his family, his followers… they didn’t know. They woke to another day without him. They woke to another day of confusion and grief and sorrow and fear. They woke to…