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Pierre Van ZylFood and Healing

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The annual birthday post. Maybe you can relate to this: At some point, something happens. A loss, a disappointment, a hurt, a reopening of trauma. Maybe a combination of those. Things fall apart. Maybe not immediately, or obviously. But enough to make your life feel unrecognizable. As you pick up the pieces, it seems obvious that you should try to figure out where and how you went wrong, so that you can avoid making a mess of things again. You comb over your…

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NEDA Week 2020: Start as You Are

Pierre Van Zyleating disorder recovery, eating disorders, ED recovery, Food and Healing, NEDA week, recovery

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Last year’s NEDA week theme was “come as you are.” It was an important and overdue celebration of diversity and representation within the recovery community and the treatment field. It also got me thinking about the unique perspectives that we bring to our recoveries, the fact that no two healing processes look alike, which is something I wrote about in this post. The theme is being repeated this year, and I’m thinking about it in a new light. “Come as you are” is…

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Pierre Van Zylbirthday, birthdays, Food and Healing

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I’ve been writing birthday posts since I turned thirty. The last few haven’t been easy, but this year I’ve been feeling particularly conscious of time and melancholy about the arrival of June 7th. Not to mention grumpy and fatigued—not my best mood for writing. Then I got an email, from a blog reader who shares…

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NEDA Week 2019: Sharing Food While Tuning In

Pierre Van Zyleating disorder recovery, ED recovery, Food and Healing, NEDA week

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As this week approached, I asked folks on Instagram what recovery topics they’d like to hear about. One of the questions I got was how to eat around others. The question didn’t specify a stage of recovery, but I think it’s an important conversation for any stage! At the start of recovery, learning to eat…

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NEDA Week 2019: Having My Own Thing

Pierre Van Zyleating disorder recovery, eating disorders, ED recovery, Food and Healing, recovery

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There’s always an official NEDA week theme, but most of the time the posts I write for this week end up finding a theme of their own. The National Eating Disorder Association’s theme for 2019 is “Come as You Are,” which emphasizes diversity and inclusivity in our community of those living with EDs, those recovering…

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NEDA Week 2.25.19: Come as You Are

Pierre Van ZylED recovery, Food and Healing, NEDA week

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Happy Monday, friends! As you probably noticed, I took a pause from weekend reading this week in order to reflect on National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Each year, I use this week as an opportunity to reflect on my own recovery and to celebrate recovery with all of you. This year’s NEDA week theme is…

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Pierre Van Zylbirthday, Food and Healing

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I wanted so much to sit down and write something very thoughtful and reflective today, as I have in past years on my birthday. The last twelve months have certainly given me plenty to say; they’ve been full of interesting insights and realizations, lots of renewed human connection, and important steps toward coming home to…

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