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14 Ways Men Can Embrace Self-Love

Everyone needs to be loved—both by others and by themselves. Often, it’s the self-love that is most difficult, especially for men. When you struggle with something like an eating disorder, it’s too easy to get caught up in feelings of shame or guilt, beating yourself up rather than being patient with yourself. But you are worthy of love, from yourself first and foremost. As this Valentine’s Day approaches, perhaps it is as good a time as any to rekindle your own sense of self-worth. Spend some time taking care of yourself and learning to love every part of your being.…

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How to Embrace Self-Love

It’s easy to love someone who supports you, who encourages you, who shows you kindness… someone who loves you back. It’s much harder to love someone who disappoints you, who constantly lets you down, or even who shows you cruelty. In much the same way, it’s easier to feel good about yourself during seasons of success. When things aren’t going so well—when you’re struggling with your recovery, breaking promises to yourself, or just generally flailing—it can be much more difficult to show self-love. But of course, those are the times when you need to love yourself the most. So what…

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How Do Eating Disorders Affect the Heart?

Eating disorders are serious—even life-threatening. That’s because eating disorders are never really about food, nor are they merely about body image or self-esteem. Eating disorders are all-encompassing in their destruction; they have a savage effect on body and mind alike. That includes a negative effect on the cardiovascular system, putting eating disorder patients at a much higher risk for potentially fatal heart disease. That’s an ill effect of eating disorders that often goes unmentioned, yet it’s critical to understand the ways in which eating disorders take their toll on the body. And since February is American Heart Month, there is…

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Using Social Media for Eating Disorder Recovery

For those who struggle with eating disorders, social media can be either a blessing or a curse. For a long time now troubling trends such as “thinspiration” and “pro-ana”—hashtags meant to encourage eating disorders and promote poor body image—have dominated the conversation. But some social media users have begun using these digital tools for good rather than ill—effectively becoming online ambassadors for treatment and recovery. An article from The Atlantic reports on one such user. Hayley Kremer, now a college student, has had an eating disorder since she was in high school. But rather than use social media as a…

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Day 29: Ask for Support

As we engage in a month-long exercise in self-expression—our 31 Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge—we’re trying to approach the concept of self-love from a number of different angles. Today, we want to look at one prompt that is particularly noteworthy and provocative—the prompt that encourages us to ask for help when we need it. This is so important for anyone who struggles with an eating disorder. Nobody ever recovers all on their own—at least not successfully. You often need to ask for help as you first seek treatment and recovery—and then you need ongoing help, support, and affirmation as your…

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How to Deal with Trauma in a Healthy Way

It is not uncommon for those with eating disorders to have histories of trauma—including traumatic memories or even full-fledged PTSD. These traumas intrude into the personal life in a way that leaves individuals feeling overwhelmed and anxious, in dire need of a coping mechanism. An eating disorder provides that coping mechanism—a way to feel in control—but it’s hardly healthy in the long run. Thus, the challenge facing those with an eating disorder is often in finding an alternative, healthy way to grapple with trauma. Ultimately, therapy and treatment are often necessary to make this happen—yet there are some methods for…

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Self-Love Writing Challenge: Bringing Curiosity Into Relationships

Day 19: Bring Curiosity Into Your Relationships We hope you’re enjoying the 31 Day Self Love Diet Writing Challenge—and if you haven’t yet found time to participate, we encourage you to do so today. Remember, the event runs through February 1, and we’ve got a prompt for today that is especially provocative and noteworthy: The prompt invites you to write about the importance of curiosity in a relationship. Should you always bring curiosity into your relationships? And more to the point, perhaps, does doing so have a positive effect on your sense of self love? We would argue that it…

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How to be a Recovery Advocate on Campus

Eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders; they do not discriminate based on gender, race, or sexual orientation. They also do not discriminate based on age, though it may surprise you to learn that many people who suffer from eating disorders are college-aged. In fact, statistics show that a quarter of all college-age women and men use binging or purging as weight management techniques. Eating disorders are prevalent on college campuses—which means that advocacy should be, as well. If you are in recovery, have ever been in recovery, know someone who struggles with an eating disorder, or simply have a passion…

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Tuesdays with Tammy

In our culture there remains an immense stigma with regard to eating disorders. We know that they exist and they impact countless lives, yet many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about it. This is maddening, and for no one more than the people who either have eating disorders or take care of people with eating disorders. Because there is not enough open dialogue about these conditions, it can be far too difficult and daunting to find reliable information or words of encouragement. That’s why we’re happy to announce a new endeavor called Tuesdays with Tammy—a recurring online…

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Fostering Gratitude as a Method for Self-Love

Do you love yourself? For those who struggle with eating disorders, the answer is often—sadly—a no. Loving yourself can be a struggle, particularly for those who are wracked by feelings of shame or guilt. Yet learning to be kind and patient with yourself—to recognize your dignity and worth—is critical for recovery and for ongoing health. So how do you do it? How do you arrive at a place of true self-love? It’s not easy and it won’t happen overnight. Rather, it involves the cultivation of several healthy habits, all of which will lead you to a place of seeing yourself…

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