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Finding HOPE in Eating Disorder Recovery

04.23.17

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today”. Thich Nhat Hanh

An eating disorder is an illness that can feel confusing and consuming. It involves terrible suffering. When you are in the midst of the eating disorder’s pain it can be very hard to believe there is another path, much less one that is possible. Often times life beyond an eating disorder feels impossible to imagine even if it is desired.

Hope can be an important ingredient to get you through the times when you feel very stuck. Here are some thoughts to help you find a way to harness hope and keep moving (even if you aren’t always headed in the direction you desire, keep moving toward that place!)

  • Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible!
  • Having hope is related to other positive feelings that can improve your mood and how you see things.
  • Hope increases your ability to stay in treatment and benefit from it.
  • Experiencing hope allows us to feel more gratitude and experience greater understanding and forgiveness toward ourselves and others.
  • Connection facilitates hope. What are ways you can enhance connection? Friends, treatment team, spirituality, enjoyed activities, these are all outlets and relationships that help us feel connected.

Community Meal Group

03.22.17

If you are in need of extra meal support, working through anxiety associated with eating different foods, or looking to integrate more flexible and social eating into your eating  our Community Meal Support may be a good fit for you!

Community Meal Support is an effective, professionally led therapeutic meal experience designed to teach and facilitate meal planning success for individuals in treatment for an eating disorder. This group is ideal for those who need accountability-based eating in a structured environment and ensures at least one adequate meal each day to prevent restriction and eating disorder behaviors. Participants are given a standard meal to support their individual nutritional needs. This group offers pre-meal check in and post-meal processing. Post meal processing includes learning therapeutic coping skills such as meditation, mindfulness, and other empirically supported strategies to assist in anxiety management and.

 

The group meets Fridays from 12:15-2 p.m. at the office 1750 S. Telegraph Rd. Suite 102 Bloomfield Hills. Contact Dr. Vazzano at kvazzano@mindfullness.com or Patrizia Jesue, RD at jesuerd@nutritioncounselingcenter.com for additional information and registration. Group is $100 a session. Insurance can be billed for therapeutic group processing.

Announcing a New Office Opening!

01.19.17

Dr. Vazzano is excited to announce a new office location! Beginning February 7, 2017 all services will be provided at a new location. The new office is 2 miles north of the current space located at 1750 S. Telegraph Rd. Suite 102 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.

 

We are excited to share our new space with you and unveil new program offerings over the next six months. Stay tuned!

 

Entering A Year of Self-Care and Self-Compassion

01.10.17

As the New Year kicks off, it is a great time to evaluate where you are and where you would like to go. Resolutions (and that unhelpful focus on weight loss, diet, and exercise) can feel superficial and quickly get tossed aside. However, developing new goals and identifying things you would like to see different are ways to move towards lasting change.

Many with eating disorders struggle treating themselves in a kind manner. Most of my patients are the best partners, family members, employees! They go above and beyond for everyone in their lives showing kindness and empathy. But when it comes to extending those virtues upon themselves they really struggle. In its most basic sense, self-compassion is really about treating yourself the way you would treat a close friend. It is really hard to be in a place of peace and health when you are constantly ignoring your own needs, berating yourself and feeling critical.

So this year, as you kick things off for 2017 I challenge you to take care of yourselves! Find a way to be kind to yourself and honor your needs. Remember- self-care and self-compassion are not selfish.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Ask yourself, how do I feel? What do I need? Do your best to honor this
  • * Read Kristin Neff’s amazing book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  • Set and maintain boundaries. Just as it is important to say YES To treating yourself well, it is also okay to say NO when something does not feel right or you just do not want to do it
  • Make time for the things that make you smile. Take that yoga class, meet a friend for dinner, buy a new top, read the book that has been on your nightstand for months
  • Stay in the moment
  • Slow down and reflect
  • Surround yourself with the people who make you feel good and strong
  • Honor yourself

And most of all, have some fun. Enjoy the promise of a New Year. Make it YOUR year!