Natalie Portman and the Black Swan: A Perfect Performance of Insanity

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Natalie Portman in Black Swan

Recently I saw the movie Black Swan. Besides the buzz around it, because I’m a former professional dancer, in recovery for eating disorders, and a therapist, I thought it would be the perfect movie for me to see. Yes, there was a slue of self-destruction. Yes, it portrayed the perfection requisite to a ballet career…. Read more »

NYC Ballet Dancer Jenifer Ringer Criticized for Being “Overweight”

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>NY Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay probably should’ve completed one more revision of his choreographed commentary for NYC Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Perhaps if he’d chosen to edit his harsh view of the Sugar Plum Fairy–played by Jenifer Ringer–whom he stated “looked as if she’d eaten one too many sugar plums,” there wouldn’t be… Read more »

What’s Eating You?

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>So I’ve recently started watching “What’s Eating You?,” an eating disorder reality show on E!. Dr. Susan Albers, a clinical psychologist who wrote an article on the show , reported that there is an ongoing debate about whether making reality shows of mental health issues exploits those who struggle with diseases like OCD, hoarding, addiction,… Read more »

Marie Claire Article… “Should Fatties Get a Room?”

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>Maura Kelly, a popular blogger, posted an article in Marie Claire about whether America is uncomfortable watching overweight people show PDA on television. The article centers on the CBS show Molly and Mike, a sitcom about a couple who met in Overeater’s Anonymous. The former anorexic lashed out at her fleshier counterparts, pronouncing her disgust… Read more »

NEDA Walk… Need a Burger and Fries?

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>Hi Everyone, Although I’m a recent MSW grad and work as a psychotherapist in a mental health and substance abuse agency, I still work in a restaurant on the weekends–after all, I am living in NYC. I work the brunch shift at a popular designer burger joint on the Upper West Side (the irony!), which… Read more »

Since My Last Post…

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>Wow, I can’t believe it has been months since I’ve posted… sorry! I’ll do my best to catch you up. Let’s see… I graduated from NYU with my MSW, as well as landed a job from my mental health/substance abuse facility internship (Yahoo!). I’m now learning how to become as competent as my current (and… Read more »

A Thought is Just That… A Thought

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>In the beginning of my recovery, recovery cliches used to bounce around in my head to help me stay free from bingeing and purging… Keep it simple, Act yourself into right thinking, Progress not perfection, ODAT, etc. Throughout this process, I’ve had years when I go to OA meetings and years when I don’t. Nonetheless,… Read more »

National Eating Disorders Awareness

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>Cross-posted from The F-Word In the spirit of NEDAW, Rachel thought it would be helpful if our posts focused on supporting recovery goals–I completely agree. When thinking about my personal recovery goals, one phrase keeps resonating… be gentle with yourself, this is a process. Being gentle with myself… for nearly my entire life, even in… Read more »

Diligence, Diligence, Diligence!

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>On my last post, I discussed that I was working on reconditioning my mind so that I would stop eating late at night when I’m not hungry. Any type of conditioning, whether it’s our body, our thoughts, or our attitudes is hard work, and it takes diligence to break out of old habits. I know,… Read more »

Back in NYC… Day 1 of Mental Reconditioning

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>Yesterday, I returned from a week-long Christmas vacation in Kansas City and Tampa. After flying on the worst flight of my life, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever make it home. The flight was so turbulent that people all around me were puking in barf bags. It was kind of ironic… a bulimic (in recovery)… Read more »