Love your Body


Numbing Out: What If I Said You Weren’t Addicted to Food? By Z Zoccolante What if numbing out pain with food is an unhealthy solution, not an addiction? What if I told you that you weren’t addicted to food? What if I told you that you didn’t have a problem with food at all? What if I told you that the problem was the discomfort beneath your skin, that urge to squirm and itch and run. The discomfort under your skin is what you’ve been...

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Shame Traps You in an Eating Disorder But You Can Break Free By Z Zoccolante Shame can keep you trapped in an eating disorder. Shame is insidious, creeping into our self-esteem and wreaking havoc on our thoughts and feelings. Eating disorders come with both shame and guilt, but the difference is important. Shame is the feeling that “I am bad,” while guilt is the feeling that, “I did something bad.” The insidious part about shame is...

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You’re Only as Sick as Your Secrets By Z Zoccolante   There’s that saying that a chain can only be as strong as its weakest link. The saying reminds me of the game Red Rover that I played at summer fun when I was a kid.   You’d stand in a line all holding hands and sing, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send Jonathan over.” Little kid Jonathan would run at your hand linked people fence and if he was able to break through then he won....

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Eating Trigger Foods in Eating Disorder Recovery By Z Zoccolante Eating trigger foods in your eating disorder recovery can feel terrifying at first. The reason the foods are trigger foods in the first place is because they cause anxiety and trigger the neural pathway to act on our eating disorder pattern, whatever it may be. Eating trigger foods as a part of your recovery can be a freeing process. Seeing or Eating Trigger Foods Causes...

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Three Health-Related Bonuses to Eating Disorder Recovery By Z Zoccolante Three health-related bonuses to eating disorder recovery are given to us as we walk down recovery road. When we’re healthy we often take that health for granted, but when we’re sick we long for health and lament that we haven’t been appreciative of it. But recovery teaches us that the body, mind, and soul are more resilient than we might have thought. There are...

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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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