Z’s Wonderland


Parent’s Guide to Identifying Eating Disorders in Your Teen By Z Zoccolante Parents, this guide shows you how to identify eating disorders in your teen. You know that the teens are a tumultuous time and, sadly, this is also when a majority of eating disorders develop. Parents have their own lives and when an eating disorder starts it’s insidious. It’s a huge secret that the teen will try to hide. By the time you realize something is...

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If We Don’t Have Our Health By Z Zoccolante   Nothing makes you appreciate your health like getting sick. I remember being a kid and relishing in the last day of sickness – when you’re not feeling totally better, but good enough that you can enjoy watching TV all day and not going to school. And if you’re lucky, having your mom make you food and bring you water and Gatorade.   As an adult, being sick doesn’t come with...

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We Don’t Have to be Perfect By Z Zoccolante   I’m working a project right now to be released in the upcoming months. Some of this project involves writing. A portion of it involves editing an interview I did with my parents.   If you’ve ever tried to edit an interview, you’re in for a huge headache. Almost all humans talk in overlapping circles because information in our heads isn’t linear, it’s in this bucket of snakes...

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Purple Flowers and Other Strange Things By Z Zoccolante   A year ago something in my life changed forever.   Today as I was driving, my gps took me through a random suburban neighborhood where purple flowers littered the branches and rained down on the sidewalks from the jacaranda trees above. I noticed the first tree yesterday while walking to a friend’s house. As I rounded the corner, the sky shone bright blue and purple...

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The Joy By Z Zoccolante   Even though we’re grown women her son drops us off at the bookstore like we’re teens again. As we walk through the doors we understand we’re in a world of words, of universes alive with every page and space on the shelf.   They call to us. We run out fingers over the glossy prints. Never judge a book by its cover they say but is that really true, because titles and the shimmer of designs is always...

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The Benefits of Accepting Your Eating Disorder By Z Zoccolante   The benefits of accepting your eating disorder are numerous because it’s the first step to healing. The more we resist something, deny it, or make excuses, sets up a distance. It’s like holding the eating disorder at arm’s-length where it will continue to be a scary thing that’s chaotic to explore. Here are the true benefits of accepting your eating disorder....

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