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Wondering about EDAW?

I missed my opportunity to post this during the week, but it is always the week at the end of February into March. This year that was, February 26-March 2; we noticed EDAW (eating disorder awareness week).

*If you find you are triggered by any of this post, please contact your trusted team for support. If you don’t have a support team I would be honored to help you begin your search. 

He friends old and new. I am SO glad you’re here! Welcome. 

Let’s start today with some breathwork since awareness posts can be activating. I encourage you to find a safe space to rest your gaze gently on a non-moving object, or even close your eyes softly. Only if you’d like to join:
Are you breathing? Begin to notice your breath. Where do you feel it? Chest, ribs, belly? Do you feel the cool air entering your nose or mouth? Just notice. Keep breathing. Now, I invite you to bring more awareness to the “in” breath. Is your nose cold? Mouth dry? (if yes, stop and take some water) Lips feeling the cool air? Maybe your tongue has some sensation from the “in” breath through your mouth? Breath out if you’re holding it. Breathe all the way out; emptying your lungs and feel tensions release. Continue noticing that in breath, breathing peace in as you get ready to engage in this post. Continue noticing the “in” breath and where it is felt in your body, externally and/or internally, for about 5 more breaths. Pause any movement for these breaths, if possible. 
Next inhale begin to create more space in your body to accept the breath so that on the exhale you can *sigh* it out. If the sigh felt good, I invite you to try that 2-3 more times. Maybe you want to explore what it feels like to sigh with your mouth open and tongue sticking out (I think it feels pretty good sometimes). Yes, *giggle*, it does look silly, and silly is okay. It’s encouraged here.
When you feel ready, slowly begin to bring awareness back to your surroundings; maybe you zoned out mechanically reading this. Take a look around you and notice 3 things that are green. Got them? Great! Let’s get started.


If you are struggling or have ever struggled, you are seen. Your struggle is enough to seek help. You deserve help regardless of “how sick” you are. This week is awareness week and in this post I am going to outline a few phrases and actions that may be warning signs that you might need to seek help, or seek supports for a loved one.

EDAW never ends in the ED realm, however we do get a dedicated week to bring more awareness to the general public. It is important to know signs of disorder, especially in a society that praises disorder. We have to start calling the systems out that are harmful. 

Phrases someone with disordered behavior might say:

1. Someone struggling will often say something along the lines of “oh, I’m not as sick as *that* person, I’m F-I-N-E.

Fine. Hmm… I’m going to call this one out in the following words. If you feel called out please reach out so I can help you find appropriate support. Remember, you deserve support.
Some clinicians, including me, see this work as a gloss over your needs; denying your true feelings and/or experiences. Also known to some as: Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic, Emotional.
none of these things are bad at all, however left without knowing how to navigate them can be really difficult, defeating, and dehumanizing. 

2. Someone else might show their mask with “eh, okay.” or deflect the question and turn it on the original questioner. So, while it is not your job, reader, to detect disorder, I hope you are left with points in conversation that might set help into motion for you or your loved one. 

Our society often doesn’t allow time or space to actually check in with our loved ones because conversation either happens or it doesn’t, right? Weeeelllll, maybe come back to the breath and see what slowing down and actually listening or talking to someone who wants to hear you feels like. My hope is that it is uncomfortable, just slightly, and feels supportive at the same time. We learn more in supported discomfort because it makes us figure out how to navigate the tricky stuff.

3. You might sense disorder is present are phrases about how much or little they or someone they notice eats. Hypervigilance and concern about health can be another indicator. You might be thinking…”isn’t that what we are supposed to be; concerned about health?” My answer, yes and no. We can be connected with whatever health means to us, and it is harmful if health is all consuming. 

We have hit a few potentially pain points and I hope that this post helps you understand just how sneaky and non-discriminating eating disorders can be.

My inbox is always open for questions. Wishing you much peace and clarity, friend. 

Signing off for now…

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Hi, I'm Denise!

I walk with people like you to learn to trust your body’s cues and how to respond when it needs to be nourished – body, mind, and spirit. Change is hard. I hope you’ll find an empowering message on this page. You are deserving of a guide to healing and food confidence.

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