Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast

Hello everybody,

Join me in this discussion with Dr. Janean Anderson on The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast about finding meaning in the struggle with eating difficulties and finding joy in the recovery process. This podcast was done in two parts so listen to Part 1 and Part 2

We would love to hear your thoughts, scroll down to leave a comment!

-Anita

By |February 24th, 2016|Categories: All Post||1 Comment

SPIES: A Balanced Lifestyle

Years ago, I learned about the ­­­­­­­­­­­SPIES approach to a balanced lifestyle. SPIES is the science and art of shifting your lifestyle toward a state of optimal health as defined by a balance of Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social health. I reflected on my life at the time and recognized that when I would “crash and burn,” like Wile E. Coyote smashing against the canyon wall and slowly sliding down, I was living in an unbalanced state with one or more of my SPIES elements out of whack.  I learned that, instead of panicking and throwing the “baby out with the bathwater,” re-balancing my SPIES would set me back on track.

After working with folks who have struggled with eating difficulties for over 20 years, I tend to notice developing patterns of im-balance. Often times my clientele hyper focus on the physical component (nutrition and joyful body movement), — which is only 1/5 of what makes a person whole and healthy. In those cases I encourage re-focusing on balance by feeding all five areas of SPIES. This re-focus enables them to examine their physical desires relative to the four remaining elements of SPIES and make appropriate adjustments.

According to the American Journal of Health Promotion, “lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of efforts to enhance awareness, change behavior, and create environments that support good health practices. Of the three options, supportive environments will probably have the greatest impact in producing lasting change.” Anita and I created a safe supportive environment in the Light of the Moon Café using the SPIES principles. Perhaps that is why so many women are successful in making peace with food using her book and our Café. Every day, […]

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: All Post||4 Comments

The Lure of the Red Herring

Recovery from eating struggles is not unlike a who-done-it mystery.  Imagine you are watching a play and the question arises: Who killed the Old Lady?  Was it the Maid? The Butler? Or the Chauffer?

Now at first glance, you notice the Maid.  She stands out immediately – because her style of dress is strikingly different, her gestures are somewhat dramatic, and her manner is a little suspicious.  She moves across the stage like someone who is rather insecure, or like someone who has done something wrong and is constantly looking around to see who is watching her. As the story unfolds, all eyes are on The Maid, but as you follow along deeper into the mystery, there is a sudden twist, and much to your surprise  — it was the Butler!  All those who were watching the Maid’s every move so closely failed to notice the more discrete activities of the Butler, the real culprit.
               Photo by Daniel Levine  http://www.etsy.com/people/levineDaniel
 The Maid is the Red Herring.  The Red Herring is a term from the early 1800’s where those wishing to sabotage a fox hunt would get a red herring from a local fishery (which, because it had been smoked had a very strong smell) and drag it along the route, confusing the hounds by distracting them from the scent of the fox. In 1807, a political journalist wrote a story about how, as a boy, he had used a red herring to deflect hounds chasing after a hare.  He used the story as a metaphor to criticize the press for publishing stories that took attention away from more important matters (perhaps some things never change).  And the metaphor stuck.
 Nowadays we […]

By |February 1st, 2016|Categories: All Post||5 Comments