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Episode 21: Eating Disorders and the Holidays

A festive holiday table setting

Episode description:

The holidays can be especially challenging for those experiencing or recovering from an eating disorder. Guest Kezia Reeder, a passionate advocate for recovery, joins Peace Meal to share how her eating disorder affected her holiday plans and celebrations. She discusses how to navigate these food-centric occasions or support those who are, and then reflects on the gift of recovery.

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Staff Spotlight, Sharon Koch

Staff spotlight, Sharon Koch

TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Sharon: I’m 49 (I feel 12. . .) and happily married for 16 years to my wonderful husband Eric. We have two grown daughters, Allix and Liz. I’m an animal lover and have three dogs and one cat (Jack, Wilson, Shorty, and Shelby). I’ve lived in Spokane since I was a little girl. We enjoy camping, boating, and 4-wheeling at our property at Lake Roosevelt. I also love to spend time running, planting flowers, reading, and hiking with my dogs.

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Orthorexia: Can “Clean Eating” Go Too Far?

Toast topped with eggs and avocado

By Jillian Lampert

Natural. Organic. Healthy. Clean.

These all seem like positive indicators that a particular food will make a positive impact when consumed as part of a healthful lifestyle. Indeed, it might. However, as with other extreme behaviors, an overly stringent focus on only including these kinds of foods in the diet can have unanticipated negative consequences, some of them with the capacity to be devastating.

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Giving Thanks for What Our Bodies Allow Us to Do

A man extends his arms in gratitude.

Thanksgiving is more than turkey and trimmings. At The Emily Program, we’re celebrating the holiday by thanking our bodies for all the ways they protect, defend, and care for us.

We hope these quotes and poems help inspire gratitude for your body as well.

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