Love your Body


4 Ways to Stop Using Your Body as an Emotional Scapegoat By Z Zoccolante (Listen to audio of this post in the blue box below)   No matter who we are, the body often serves a favorite scapegoat for our emotional turmoil. We don’t have to be diagnosed with an eating disorder or have disordered eating habits. All it takes to qualify is having a body.   When I was going through years of eating disordered chaos, and body disgust,...

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The Importance Kindness Plays In Eating Disorder Recovery By Z Zoccolante (Listen to the 4min audio version of this post in the blue box below)   Recovery is a journey. It can feel a little like collecting breadcrumbs along a long, serpentine path, and that’s OK. We learn a new way of being without the eating disorder, and that can take time and practice.   Recovery isn’t perfect, and kindness is required.   Listen to...

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The Importance of Art in Recovery – Guest Blog from Lilac Sheer Aloha friends. Today’s guest blog comes from Lilac Sheer, a singer-songwriter whose personal story includes recovery from anorexia and bulimia. During her teens, art therapy and music provided her a place of solace and hope. Art enables us to make something beautiful out of pain. It gives us a light to hold onto during the darkness. I encourage you to include some...

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How I Became Friends With My Power By Z Zoccolante (Listen to the audio of this post in the blue box below)   Recently, I reenlisted in a jiu jitsu class where I’ve learned some interesting things. I don’t use my body weight appropriately. I’d be the first one to jump out of the fight and run down the street. People could pretty much kill me if they didn’t give me chance.   Slight joking aside, jiu jitsu has brought up a...

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My Eating Disordered Past By Z Zoccolante (Listen to the audio of this post in the blue box below)   This week a stranger thanked me for sharing my eating disorder struggle because, “Eating disorders are common and not a lot of people talk about them.”   Although communities and organizations exist for these things, the vast majority of people don’t openly discuss eating disorders, mental health, or...

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How To Survive Family Gatherings With an Eating Disorder – Tip 3 of 3 by Z Zoccolante (listen to the audio of this post in the blue box below)   In my last two posts, we’ve been speaking about how gatherings can be complicated and stressful for someone with an eating disorder. When we experience stress, eating disorders love to come out and play. Last week we talked about how to respond when people make “stupid”...

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