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 Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.
I have always been something of a perfectionist. As a student, I aimed for straight A's and I was involved in everything, but just beneath the surface, I was filled with insecurity, uncertainty, and shame. No matter what I did, I didn't feel like I was good enough. I had terrible anxiety, and I didn't know how to talk about it, so I just kept feeling anxious. Bulimia and anorexia became a way for me to attempt to manage that anxiety, but instead, my feelings of anxiety and shame intensified. I struggled with an eating disorder throughout high school, and when I moved away to college, I thought it could be a way to finally escape the eating disorder. I thought that moving away from my little Iowa farm town, away from old triggers and patterns, might simply erase the eating disorder chatter and urges.
And, in fact, for the first semester of college, things were okay. I was using eating disorder symptoms less than I had been before. I made friends. I learned about new concepts and theories in my classes: music theory, feminism, philosophy, and I discovered that I loved talking about ideas and examining various points of view. I felt inspired by academia, and I knew that I wanted to give my whole attention to my studies, but I still had the pull of bulimia holding me back.
Join us on Sunday, May 3, at this year's Tolerance Fair & Conference. Held at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event is hosted and organized by the Bachmans, a Solon family that has been crusading about the need to understand people's differences since 2011. It all began when their son, Justin, who suffers from Tourette's syndrome, was disqualified from a cross-country race because of his nervous tics.
By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, E-RYT, Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager
Today's Emily Program yoga blog focuses on the heart and opening the front of the body. For many of us, much of our time is spent rounding forward. Whether that's from typing, texting, reading, watching TV, videos, or from carrying "burdens on our backs." Many of us could benefit from a stretch in the front of our body to help reverse the effects of our daily experiences. Maybe you want to open your heart to receive what you need and let go of what no longer serves you. Or perhaps you want to experience the grounding and healing benefit of your heart beat. The beat that has been with you your entire life.
Whatever your intention, practice in a way that feels best for you- trusting the wisdom of your body.
By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, E-RYT, Director of Nutrition Services
Today I want to talk about the role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and what to expect in your first session with a RDN at The Emily Program.
At The Emily Program, part of your treatment will likely included meeting with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. And you may be wondering -- what role does the RD play in recovery?
Well, let's talk about it!
By Lucene Wisniewski, chief clinical officer
"How do Parents of Adolescent Patients with Anorexia Nervosa Interact with their Child at Mealtimes? A study of Parental Strategies used in the Family Meal Session of FBT." International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 48, issue 1, p. 72-80 White, Haycraft, Madden, Rhodes, Miskovic-Wheatley, Wallis, Kohn & Meyer (2015)
This recent study examined the types of parental mealtime strategies used during a family meal session of Family-Based Therapy (FBT). Researchers studied 21 families with children between the ages of 12 to 18 who were receiving FBT for anorexia nervosa. They also were interested in the emotional tone of the meal, as well as the parents' ability to get their child to eat.