Eating Disorder Recovery // The BEST Meals!

Have an eating disorder? In need of some NUTRITIOUS and QUICK entree ideas? Look no further because in this video I will share with you my TOP THREE pro-recovery entrees that are so easy to prepare, all you need is a microwave!  I also calculated the exchange values for each nutritious pro-recovery entree so you can easily fit it into your eating disorder recovery meal plan!

To learn more about the food exchange system and how you can make your own exchange-based meal plan, check out this one of my blog posts http://wp.me/p3LqYN-tZ

Wondering where you can find some of these amazing pro-recovery entrees?  Check out these sites!

Quorn Naked Chicken Cutlets: http://www.quorn.us/store-locator/

GardenLites Souffles: http://www.gardenlites.com/stores/

Amy’s Quinoa and Black Bean Frozen Meal: http://www.amys.com/buy/store-locator

I’m Back Home!

No longer could I eat meals comprised of my “safe” foods, eat at the times I preferred, or isolate myself from others. If I wanted to not only survive during this 6 day challenge, I had to let go of my obsession with control and break free from the chains that have been holding me back for so many years.

Two weeks ago today, I was dropped off at UW-Oshkosh with a suitcase, a fan, and a heart filled with worry. For the next 144 hours I would be one of two delegates representing my high school at Badger Girls State, an intense program meant to immerse young women in the complex science of American government.  The program was both physically and emotionally demanding. Every girl was expected to wake up at the crack of dawn, dress to the nines, and then proceed to drag to their sleep-deprived bodies to meetings that lasted well into the night.  On top all this, I had my own set of challenges I had to overcome. No longer could I eat meals comprised of my “safe” foods, eat at the times I preferred, or isolate myself from others. If I wanted to survive this 6 day challenge, I had to let go of my obsession with control and break free from the chains that have been holding me back for so many years.

With sheer determination, I not only survived Badger Girls State, but I thrived. I meant girls who were nothing short of amazing and who will probably be my friends for many years to come.

In this video, I explain my experience in greater detail and I hope my experience will give you the strength to also overcome your challenges and live the life you were born to live.

Taking selfies with the governor (he's still not getting my vote after what he's done to our schools)
Taking selfies with the governor (he’s still not getting my vote after what he’s done to our schools)
I was chosen to be POPPY PRINCESS!
I was chosen to be POPPY PRINCESS!
Acting silly during a LONG county meeting!
Acting silly during a LONG county meeting!

It’s Time to Move Forward

“Let your hopes, not your hurts shape your future.” ~ Robert Schuller

If you guys haven’t noticed, the past couple of months have been rough for me and that emotional turmoil  has made many of my most recent blog posts take a toxic turn. As I look back at my past posts, I realize so many of the sentences I have conceived leave the metallic taste of arsenic in one’s mouth. Though these posts only contain small doses of this literary form of arsenic, we all know how arsenic works. Each dose of this life threatening poison accumulates in the body until one day when the sky is painted with black storm clouds and the sun fails to shine, the body shuts down.

 

Though literary arsenic does not destroy your body, it does destroy The more you read poisonous posts that are laden with sorrow and anger, the more it affects you emotionally. Haven’t you realized that when you read posts that bleed with the blood of psychological agony, you almost feel like you too are bleeding that blood? With each word you read, you feel the intense stabbing pain of the post’s author as if it were your own.

 

The recent posts and videos I have published have been harmful and I now realize that. My blog is entitled “Forever Going Forward” and as of late, I honestly  have not moved a single step in that direction. If anything, I have taken many steps backwards and allowed my eating disorder, depression, anger, and anxiety to take full reign of my mind once again.  I no longer want my posts to be tainted with a toxin that robs one’s soul of happiness and joy.   I want my blog to be a beacon of light in the eating disorder community. A place that raises awareness about eating disorders, helps family members or ED sufferers find helpful resources, and to encourage ED sufferers to get the treatment they not only require but also deserve.

 

So from this point on there will be a few positive changes in my blog and here’s a list of them.

 

  1. If I am struggling and a post is rather negative, I will write 3 positive things about my day at the end of the post in order to encourage myself to be more optimistic and to also show people there is always a light in even the darkest of times.  Also if I create a YouTube video that is triggering, I will ensure to warn people  by putting a disclaimer up on that video(I have been doing that though anyway
  2. I pledge to try to make more positive, supportive YouTube videos 🙂
  3. Every Monday I will write a “Remission Resources” blog post that discusses different “pro-remission” resources available.   These may include smart-phone apps, websites, books, support groups, treatment centers, etc.


These are currently the three things I have vowed to do. Overtime I will add more things, but these are my goals at the moment and there is no doubt in my mind that I will achieve them with flying colors. Hopefully, these little changes will help me and all of you wonderful people who are reading  my blog move forward in life.

What’s MinnieMaud?

MinnieMaud is a type of non-evidence based treatment protocol for those suffering from a restrictive eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa. Because of it’s do-it-yourself style, I think many eating disorder sufferers find it quite appealing. No one wants to go into a treatment center and lose complete control over their food intake, so when folks hear of the MinnieMaud option, they seem very attracted to it. Unfortunately, MinnieMaud is probably not your best option when it comes to recovery from anorexia or any other form of restrictive eating disorder. Why is that? Well you will just have to watch this video as well as part 2 to find out! 🙂 🙂 🙂

When you finish watching, please take the time to go to my youtube channel (just CLICK HERE) and subscribe to my channel. That way you get access to my videos RIGHT when they come out 🙂 Sounds pretty awesome, right? 🙂

Before I let you guys go, I wanted to thank you guys for watching and let you guys know that all of you really mean a lot to me. To know that dozens of  people actually want to hear my voice is an absolutely amazing feeling. Because you guys give me so much, I want to make sure the content in my topic videos are informative, educational, and of course helpful.  Please if you have a moment  to fill out the form below with your questions and/or video suggestions.  By filling out this form, I will be able to make videos that can better help you or your loved one on their journey to recovery or – for those of you who don’t have EDs – get a better understanding on how eating disorders  effect the lives of many people around the world.

Daily Inspiration: Survive and Thrive

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For many people with anorexia nervosa, the disease is not just a diagnosis but a death sentence. 20% of those suffering from this deadly brain disorder will pass away and only 50% will ever be able to say that they have freed themselves from Ana’s tight grasp.  Though these statistics are extremely disheartening and may cause you to  believe that there is absolutely no hope, remember that YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A STATISTIC. You CAN get help. You CAN fight Ana until it is she, not you, who surrenders. You CAN survive!

And let me tell you, once you make it out of Ana’s dark tunnel, you will become a stronger person. Like Brian Cuban’s quote up above says, you will have learned so many things from your struggles and maybe you will chose to do something positive with your newly discovered knowledge.  You could spread eating disorder awareness and teach others that people with EDs are not  seeking vanity or thinness- they are sick. You could find a way to teach young girls about the importance of eating everything in moderation and help them learn to love their beautiful, God-given bodies. Hell, you could become a doctor, nurse practitioner, or dietitian that specializes in eating disorders and help people get on the road to recovery. There are so many possibilities and every single one of these possibilities could save someone’s life.

Put Ana in her grave before she takes you to yours and take what you have learned so you can change someone’s life. You can do it! I believe in you!

 

P.S. I will be making a new Vlog video today! Have any suggestions? Make sure to comment below!

 

Living with an Eating Disorder: How to Go to a Restaurant

Living with an eating disorder, like anorexia or bulimia, can be an every day struggle. That is why I decided to create a video series on coping with everyday situations when you have an eating disorder. In my first video in the series, I will be discussing my little trip to a restaurant and how I dealt with my terrible anxiety and fear of going out to eat. I hope this video gives you the tips you need to try to head on out to a restaurant or diner yourself 🙂 !