My Call to Work with People with Eating Disorders

I was honored to speak this morning at the 4th annual awareness building and fundraising breakfast for the Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders, a non-profit based in Asheville, NC supporting individuals, families, and professionals concerned with disordered eating and recovery from eating disorders. I love this annual event bringing together so many people in our community touched by eating disorders. Here is what I had to say:

Good morning. I’m going to tell you the story of how I almost did not become an eating disorder professional. When Fate came knocking on my door 13 years ago to invite me to work with clients with eating disorders, my first impulse was to say "No, thank you!"  Jane Ferguson, a woman I had previously worked for, was opening an eating disorder treatment center here in North Carolina. She told me she saw something in me she felt would be a compatible addition to the eating disorder recovery field. I was not so sure…

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From Surprising Triggers Back to Empowerment

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Recently, I was made aware of how quickly my core wounding could be activated. In a lively conversation with friends about the challenges of our first marriages, the father of one of my friends chimed in stating both parties bring issues to the table for a marriage to dissolve. I agree with the importance of taking personal responsibility for my part in conflict, and since this man was a longtime friend of both myself and my ex-husband, I eagerly asked him about his perspective on my part.

However, his answer completely shocked me.

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As a culture, we are waking up to the damage created from diet mentality. In my practice, this process is the first step my clients take on a journey towards learning about themselves, why they have focused on food and body throughout their life, and moving towards healing the trauma and attachment wounds focusing on food and body have been attempting to regulate.

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Learning to embody yourself is a long journey, but will have a lasting impact on your ability to heal from emotional and binge eating. Embodiment is the intersection of body with the contents of who you are as a person.

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Body & Food: Helping Without Harming

Sitting in session with a therapist many years ago, I confessed my frequent desire to visit the Krispy Kreme drive thru on my way from my therapy sessions back to my life. We did a little exploration of this emotional eating urge to self-soothe, and then she led me through a meditation that included her subtly shaming this choice by saying "Of course, you know the doughnuts are not good for you." From my perspective, I knew that there were times when I intentionally choose to self-soothe with food, and as long as I was doing this action with conscious awareness, it was an action I viewed as neutral. Her bias about doughnuts came through, I felt misattuned to, and she no longer felt like a safe person for me to explore my food and body issues with.

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