Archive for December, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions That Aren’t About Your Body

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In 46 B.C., Julius Caeser declared that January 1st would be the first day of the year, partially to line up the calendar with the sun and partially to honor Janus, the God of Beginnings. The Romans celebrated the New Year by making offerings to Janus, exchanging gifts, and noting the holiday as a time of celebration and honor. This was the first time that the New Year was formally celebrated.

Now, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day continue to be celebrated around the world. In Spain, individuals eat 12 grapes at midnight, one for each day of the month, for good luck. Those in Germany celebrate by eating doughnuts called Krapfen. In Brazil, people toss flowers into the ocean as an offering to the Sea Goddess and in Demark, plates are smashed to bring good luck. In the United States, loved ones may share a kiss based on the thought that the first person you see in the New Year will suggest how the rest of the year will go.

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The Scale Doesn’t Define My Success

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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 and symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist as needed.

Chris Camburn has been in the professional social work helping field for over 15 years. She is a wife, mom, cat lover, and an avid consumer of audiobooks. Her passions also include connecting with her spiritual side and other like-minded, passionate people.

This is a story of binge eating disorder, weight loss surgery, and recovery.

Three years ago, after so many years of gaining and losing weight cycles, I made the decision to make a permanent change in my life and have weight loss surgery. I thought this would be the answer to all of the problems and I would NEVER have to worry about food or weight issues again. I thought that “controlling” my diet by weight loss surgery would put me in control of my life, but I soon found out how wrong I was.

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The Emily Program’s Favorite Holiday Quotes

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The Emily Program would like to wish all of our clients, future clients, support systems, and community members a happy holiday. We are grateful to have a loving community around us and clients that inspire us every day. We hope that this holiday brings you a sense of peace, hope, and healing. As a holiday gift from The Emily Program, we wanted to share our favorite holiday quotes with you.

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Introducing Peace Meal

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On the first episode of Peace Meal, host Claire Holtz talks to the founder of The Emily Program, Dirk Miller. Dirk shares how his recovery from alcoholism and bulimia set him on a mission to help others who are struggling.

About the podcast:

Peace Meal is an Emily Program podcast hosted by Claire Holtz. Peace Meal covers topics related to eating disorders, body image issues, and how society contributes to distorted thinking. New episodes are available the first Monday and third Wednesday of every month.

Category: Health, Society & Culture

Language: English

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