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October 20, 2020
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Embracing Transitions to Create Positive Change

Transitions can be incredibly challenging, especially while in recovery. Change tends to go hand in hand with discomfort, disruption of routines, and the difficult task of trying something different. I often think back to my own transition of moving to a new state and starting my job at The Renfrew Center. Although these changes were exciting, the adjustment period included a wide array of emotions and challenges. In recovery, big transitions such as returning to…
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September 25, 2020
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Navigating Eating Disorders as an Athlete: A Recovery Story

I suffered from the afflictions of an eating disorder for three years. I wanted to take the time to get vulnerable and speak a little about my journey in hope to shed some light on anyone out there currently struggling with an eating disorder. Please know, there is a path to healing and recovery is possible. Starting in 2015, I found myself overly strict on my approach to nutrition and exercise. I had a routine…
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August 25, 2020
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Balancing Eating Disorders and Parenthood: A Recovery Story

Reasons alum, Rachel S., shares how becoming a mom changed her, and ultimately inspired her to seek the treatment she needed. Who am I? What am I? Where am I? I spent years asking myself the same questions. Often, I was too scared to answer. For most of my life the answer to all of these questions was simple: I have an eating disorder and I struggle with anxiety and depression. But when I became…
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August 17, 2020
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The Art of Challenging Negative Thoughts: A Pastry Chef’s Recovery Story

When people see a fire burning, they run away as fast as they can, screaming “fire”, so that someone else can extinguish it. What’s the point of running into a burning house without the proper equipment to put it out? For most of my life, the kitchen was my fire—it scared the living sh*t out of me. At the same time, I had been brought up to love it. I was born to Ecuadorian and…
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August 05, 2020
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Autism and Eating Disorders: Navigating ED on the Spectrum

I was 20 years old when I found out I was Autistic. At that point, I was already four years into a battle with an eating disorder I didn’t know I had. My food issues started early in my life. Like many Autistics, I had severe aversions to certain smells, textures, and flavors. My hunger signals didn’t work well, and I was also intolerant to the feeling of being hungry. To this day, I do…
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