The concepts of “clean eating” and “wellness” are everywhere these days, but some might be less familiar with the darker side of these seemingly healthful pursuits. What may start out as a few simple changes to one’s eating habits can progress to a dangerous disorder known as orthorexia nervosa.
Many people on the path towards healing their relationship with food and body image experience a bit of a honeymoon period when they discover body positivity (true body positivity that is, which celebrates size diversity, not the commodified version that is conditional on health status or limited to certain bodies).
Change is hard. We hear this all the time, and most of us have some intuitive sense of what this means. But even positive change can be extremely destabilizing, and it’s not uncommon for old behaviors related to food, movement or body image can resurface during transitions. So why is change (even the good kind) so hard, and what can we do about it?
Yoga was an integral part of my journey home to myself, even before I knew I was on the journey. Like many Western practitioners, I came to yoga initially through the back door of fitness. Having become a compulsive gym-goer throughout my decades-long battle with disordered eating and distorted body image, I longed for the litheness seemingly promised by this practice.
This subject is rarely discussed in therapy sessions even though the issue of money is always present with us in the room. It may seem like your therapist randomly picked a fee, but if you’re like most people it feels uncomfortable to ask where this number came from. My hope is to break down and demystify therapy fees a bit so you know what you’re truly paying for.
Spring is upon us, and for many people the longer days and milder temperatures bring a sense of relief and renewed hope. This is especially true for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), often described as “the winter blues,” (which does not accurately reflect the seriousness of this condition). Winter SAD is often accompanied by low energy, changes in sleep, irritability, sadness, and isolation, and is considered a form of major depression.