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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

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This National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDA), I want to take a deep dive into the ins and outs of eating disorders and my experiences with them. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting one blog per day for the next five days following the topics in this post. They’ll hopefully be useful for everyone, whether you have personal experience with disordered eating or not. Take my hand and come along with me on this journey this week to navigate this TOGETHER!

When I'm done posting all of them, I'll link them below :)

My long journey with eating disorders (it has a happy ending, I promise!) and how Mindfully Murphy came to be.

Signs and symptoms of different types of eating disorders, some of which you may have never heard of.

A dive into the powerful principles that will help anyone and everyone reject the diet mentality. Take back your freedom.

What is a calorie?... Energy. Not something to be afraid of. Food, quite literally, is fuel for everything that we do.

How to approach a loved one who might be struggling with disordered eating, resources, and a mindset to cancel diet culture for good.

I always find it easier to remember things from a bulleted list so here are some key takeaways from this week:

  • Someone said this to me before I started treatment: “When you’re old and wrinkly, don’t you think that you’ll look back and regret all the time you wasted worrying about a stupid number on a scale?!”

  • People won’t like or dislike you based on your weight. If they do, those aren’t good people to be around anyway!

  • Look at food as something you are in a relationship with: if it’s toxic, break up with it and start over! Having a healthy relationship with food is the goal. This means enjoying each other’s presence, recognizing each other’s beauty, and not letting it be controlling over you.

  • Recovery takes a lot of strength and probably isn’t going to be easy the first time around, but it’s always worth it. You are stronger than you think. Find a support system (friends, family members, teachers, co-workers, etc.) to hold you accountable.

  • Fill your social media feed with body-positive/body-neutral influencers. Unfollow anyone that tells you to diet or lose weight to feel better. Here are some I like to follow (besides my own hehe):

    • the #IntuitiveEating hashtag (yes, you can 'follow' hashtags on Instagram!)

    • @evelyntribole– author of Intuitive Eating which everyone should also read!

    • @jennifer_rollin

    • @dietitiandeanna

    • @nadiafelsch

    • @veggiesandchocolate

    • @linda.steinhardt_rd

    • @abbeyskitchen

    • @victoriabrowne

  • *NOTE: the term 'nutritionist' does not require any qualifications…you’re much better off listening to dietitians who went to 3+ years of graduate school

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