Category Archives: Advice

Why I Kept Silent About My Eating Disorder, and Why Coaches Shouldn’t

Dear Coach, You are required to detect the early signs of concussions, and to know when to stop an athlete from continuing to play, all with good reason: concussions are common in many sports. Unfortunately, so are eating disorders—and we … Continue reading

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The Chin-Up Podcast: Eating Disorders in Running

I first connected with Amber Sayer (author, exercise psychologist, and certified personal trainer) years ago when I read her memoir PR: A Personal Record of Running From Anorexia. It was one of the first eating disorder running memoirs I had read … Continue reading

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Embracing the Life Experience

Lately I’ve been trying out new avenues for the full life experience, because the more I’ve explored what it means to live outside of perfection, the more I’ve realized how much pleasure I have denied myself. Worry and guilt were … Continue reading

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“It could be worse.”

“Just be happy with what you have.” “At least you don’t have cancer.” “Don’t look so grim.” What all of these phrases are really saying: Your feelings are trivial.

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Don’t You Let Go

I can’t help but think of Lord of the Rings when I think of the relationship we have with an eating disorder–or for anyone with any addiction, for that matter. I was never a huge, nerdy (the cool nerdy! No hatin’ … Continue reading

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We Must Speak

I want to tell you that it is okay to ask for help. That even now I still struggle to do it myself. That just the other day, when I finally admitted to myself that the eating disorder was worsening again, … Continue reading

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For the Skeptics and Naysayers of the Body Image Movement

I am excited about what social media is doing to help people speak up and love their bodies. The Body Image Movement is gaining momentum, what with blogs of the voices of bigger men and women, photoshopping revealed in videos, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Lize Brittin’s Journey Part 2

(See Part 1 of Lize Brittin’s journey here). After 20 years of struggling, my life started to feel different. Over time, I was able to find joy again. I could run again without having to force myself to be at … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Lize Brittin’s Journey Part 1

When I first got the offer to write a guest post for the blog Running in Silence, I was both excited and honored. There are so many topics I would like to address, but I feel I should break the … Continue reading

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 23-March 1 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week! I think the idea of bringing awareness to eating disorders is awesome, but the most important part about it is that people become aware of how hidden and prevalent it really … Continue reading

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