A Journey Through Eating Disorders Support & Recovery

Welcome to The Communité – An Eating Disorder Recovery Newsletter

What is The Communité? The Communité is a monthly eating disorder recovery newsletter filled with guest blog posts, recovery wins, healthful coping tools, mantras and affirmations, a column from Alliance Community Member, Takechia Jackson, and so much more! Join the Communité Why The Communité? At The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, we are on a mission to create an inclusive…
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July 07, 2021
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Gender Dysphoria, Body Dysmorphia, & Body Image in Trans & Non-Binary Folks

Body image issues are often the most difficult aspect of eating disorder recovery to overcome. Dialogue around eating disorders and body image is usually centered around narratives of white, thin, able-bodied, heterosexual, and cisgender women. However, these conversations leave out the experiences of transgender and non-binary folks who often experience eating disorders and body image distress at disproportionately higher rates…
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June 28, 2021
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Living a Life Beyond Eating Disorders: A Conversation with Demi Lovato + Jameela Jamil

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness’ Founder + CEO, Johanna Kandel, recently sat down with Renowned Singer, Actress, and Activist, Demi Lovato, and Activist and Founder of I Weigh, Jameela Jamil. Demi, Jameela, and Johanna have all been outspoken about their experiences with eating disorders and various other mental health issues. From chatting about the dangers of diet culture to…
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June 24, 2021
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The Process

TRUST the process, then EMBRACE the process, and eventually ENJOY the process. Those words are written on the inside cover of my bright yellow recovery journal. It has become my recovery mantra that I read multiple times throughout the day. To be honest, this statement experienced its own process. At the beginning of my recovery, it was simply “trust the…
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June 03, 2021
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Why the Word “Recovery” is All Wrong

About ten years ago, I was taking part in an evening of live music and meditation as a part of an event to raise awareness for eating disorders, when the musician leading us in reflection and song said something that blew my mind. As he was challenging us to think about “recovery” in a different way, he pointed out that…
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May 17, 2021
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The Alliance Joins The Mental Health Coalition

At The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, we are proud to announce our membership with The Mental Health Coalition. Together, with other leading mental health organizations, brands, and influential individuals, we are working to smash the stigma surrounding mental health, including eating disorders. The Mental Health Coalition (MHC) was founded by designer and social activist, Kenneth Cole, with the mission…
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May 12, 2021
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Embrace Your Experience

Even before my eating disorder made its first official “debut” with symptoms in my senior year of high school, I had thoughts and behaviors that started much earlier than I even realized. Looking back, I could see signs of ED wanting to creep into my life long before high school. He was a careful observer…a lurker in the shadows waiting…
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May 11, 2021
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In Anticipation of a Post-Pandemic Existence: Am I Excited or Am I Anxious?

As of mid-April 2021, more than 23 million vaccines have been administered in California and the state’s Covid-19 positivity rate was 1.5%. Currently, California’s 1.5% positivity rate is not only at its lowest since the pandemic began; it’s also the lowest positivity rate in the nation. This is welcome news indeed – especially on the heels of the holiday season,…
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May 07, 2021
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Transitions: Building Bridges to Recovery

If, as I’ve come to know, recovery from an eating disorder is a process, then transitions are the bridges we build between each phase of the process. They need nurturing and patience and require planning and attention because they play an integral role on the path to recovery. The transition bridges we build carry the weight of the moment and…
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April 23, 2021
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