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Laura Zinger

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Namast’ay in Recovery

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megan-yogai truly used to believe that if everyday i ran one more mile than the last, then maybe my mom would love me. exercise was such an essential part in my eating disorder’s survival, and so once i realized the death grip it had on me, i knew i had to break free.

i was addicted to exercise, and after i admitted that to myself, abstinence was the next step. this was hands down the most difficult part of my recovery. not only did i have to increase my intake, but i no longer had my vice of the gym to compensate for it. i was physically uncomfortable and mentally trapped; all of the emotions that my eating disorder protected me from and helped me avoid, were staring at me head on.

and i stared right back. i had (and still have!) and incredible therapist who taught me how to trust again and ultimately made facing those feelings a bit less daunting. yes, i still get overwhelmed by my emotions and memories from time to time, but this was the ‘easier’ (i use this term lightly!) part of my recovery.

what i struggled with the most was the physiology of recovery. i had taken my body to hell and back with my eating disorder, and so healing from that toll felt equally as taxing. the body changes. the uncomfortable fullness. the process of relearning hunger cues. i was exhausted and conflicted.

being a dancer, movement and exercise were an integral part of my life. and so when i was at that point of being physically incapacitated, i felt like a part of me was missing.

fast forward a about 15 months and i was finally at a place physically, emotionally, and behaviorally where i believed that i could welcome exercise back into my life. but this time around, exercise looked and felt much different! i no longer wanted to use excessive gym time to avoid trauma and stress, instead i just wanted to feel connected with my body again.

recovery gave me a second chance. recovery gave me a fresh start. recovery gave me a new body; one that i no longer recognized, but one that i wanted to love. so with the guidance of my therapist, i began the practice of meeting and embracing my body through yoga. my mat was the foundation to which i started feeling at home in my body. the inexplicably wonderful combination of focused attention, mindful breathing, and physical movement, taught me how powerful the connection between my mind and body actually was. it was with this newfound knowledge that i began to appreciate my body for what it can do and not for what it looks like. this knowledge was power.

from there on out, i had the power over my eating disorder. what ultimately kept me so far from recovery, ended up leading me right into its arms. finding yoga made me realize how disconnected i was with my body while i was in my eating disorder. using my breath and mindfully attending to all of the changes that recovery brought to my life went far beyond perfecting the flawless controlled sirsasana. this new approach to exercise and connection with my body made working through the physiology of recovery possible and continues to make maintaining recovery one of the greatest reasons to get up in the morning. i am grateful that i have learned to use movement to pay homage to my body. and am even more grateful that i no longer function on the belief that my worth is conditional upon my physicality.

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Evanston Support Group at Yellowbrick

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Evanston Support Group at Yellowbrick

Led by Alissa

ANAD’s longest serving program is our eating disorder, self-help support groups. Self-help group support can help tremendously when someone is suffering with an eating disorder, because it allows them to share what they are feeling and thinking in a safe, non-threatening environment where they will not be judged for having an eating disorder. Caring, community support can help replace eating disorders.

If you are nervous or afraid to start a support groups, please don’t hesitate to contact the Support Group Leader ahead of time to tell them about your concerns.

Location

1560 Sherman Ave,
Evanston, Illinois   60201

Phone

847-778-8871

Email

Meeting Times

Tuesday February 21st from 7:30-8:30 pm. Please contact before attending as dates will change each month.

Meeting Details

Group is for individuals recovering from an eating disorder and is an open group.
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ANAD is Gaga for Gaga

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A week ago, today, Lady Gaga was scrutinized for her appearance as she performed the Super Bowl Halftime Show, so let’s start this week appreciating her for all that she does and NOT for what her body looks like.  ANAD compiled a list from online sources in order to show a portrait of Lady Gaga that is based on WHO she is, NOT what she looks like. 

gaga-for-gaga

 

Lady Gaga Drawing by: Megan Schomaker

Sources pulled from:

Crazy Facts About Lady Gaga

http://www.boomsbeat.com/articles/158/20140130/50-interesting-facts-about-lady-gaga.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_Lady_Gaga

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7311526/lady-gaga-accomplishments-30-birthday

To Honor Lady Gaga on Her 30th Birthday, a List of Her 30 Greatest Accomplishments

http://www.celebrityfunfacts.com/lady-gaga/f56z89/http://www.nme.com/photos/50-incredibly-geeky-facts-about-lady-gaga-1415079

 

 

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Sioux Center Support Group

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Sioux Center Support Group

Led by Rhonda

ANAD’s longest serving program is our eating disorder, self-help support groups. Self-help group support can help tremendously when someone is suffering with an eating disorder, because it allows them to share what they are feeling and thinking in a safe, non-threatening environment where they will not be judged for having an eating disorder. Caring, community support can help replace eating disorders.

If you are nervous or afraid to start a support groups, please don’t hesitate to contact the Support Group Leader ahead of time to tell them about your concerns.

Location

Sioux Center Public Library Conference Room 102 S Main Ave,
Sioux Center, Iowa   51250

Phone

712-441-3722

Email

Meeting Times

First Thursday of every month from 7-8 PM.

Meeting Details

Group is for those 18 and older struggling with any form of an eating disorder. Please contact before attending.
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To the Girls Sitting Next to Me At Panera

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half of my heart broke when you grabbed my attention with the words “look at her, she’s perfect”. the other half continued to crumble as you followed that up with “i’m done eating, i could literally die, her body is ‘goals’.”.

every bone in me wanted to stand up, break every imaginable social norm, and give each one of you a hug. i saw my 15 year old self and 11 year old cousin in your eyes and wished with everything in me that instagram would crash every time you opened it up to idolize another.

stop punishing yourself. stop believing anyone who convinced you that you’re not perfect just the way you are. yes, with your sweatpants on and with half a loaf of bread in your hand, you are perfect. just stop and look. look at each other when you talk. not at a screen. look at your friends for maybe you will start to see the incredible reflection of yourself that surely resides in their eyes. please look and listen. listen to anyone who believes that your personhood is not in the least bit reliant on your physicality. listen to me when i say that looks cannot kill, but obsessing over changing yours, can. listen to me when when i say that girl whom you have deemed as “perfect” is probably looking at your page thinking the same thing about you. listen to me when i say, you will be much happier once you start to love yourself unconditionally and without comparison.

Please, for the love of god, please listen to me when i say you do not need to change, and for as long as you are happy, you have won.

 

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Northbrook Support Group

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Northbrook Support Group

Led by Glenn

ANAD’s longest serving program is our eating disorder, self-help support groups. Self-help group support can help tremendously when someone is suffering with an eating disorder, because it allows them to share what they are feeling and thinking in a safe, non-threatening environment where they will not be judged for having an eating disorder. Caring, community support can help replace eating disorders.

If you are nervous or afraid to start a support groups, please don’t hesitate to contact the Support Group Leader ahead of time to tell them about your concerns.

Location

Duxler, 280 Skokie Blvd,
Northbrook, Illinois   60062

Phone

847-707-3868

Email

Meeting Times

Please call or email before attending for start date, and time (Tuesday or Wednesday evenings at 6:30/7 PM).

Meeting Details

Group is for parents and caregivers of individuals with eating disorders.
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Fort Lauderdale Support Group

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Fort Lauderdale Support Group

Led by Laurie

ANAD’s longest serving program is our eating disorder, self-help support groups. Self-help group support can help tremendously when someone is suffering with an eating disorder, because it allows them to share what they are feeling and thinking in a safe, non-threatening environment where they will not be judged for having an eating disorder. Caring, community support can help replace eating disorders.

If you are nervous or afraid to start a support groups, please don’t hesitate to contact the Support Group Leader ahead of time to tell them about your concerns.

Location

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida   

Phone

305-467-0473

Email

Meeting Times

Meeting Details

Please contact before attending for specific information on location, date, and time of support group.
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Orchard Park Support Group

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Orchard Park Support Group

Led by Kersten

ANAD’s longest serving program is our eating disorder, self-help support groups. Self-help group support can help tremendously when someone is suffering with an eating disorder, because it allows them to share what they are feeling and thinking in a safe, non-threatening environment where they will not be judged for having an eating disorder. Caring, community support can help replace eating disorders.

If you are nervous or afraid to start a support groups, please don’t hesitate to contact the Support Group Leader ahead of time to tell them about your concerns.

Location

4570 S Buffalo St,
Orchard Park, New York   14127

Phone

716-870-8742

Email

Meeting Times

First meeting will be Monday February 13th with meetings being on Tuesdays at 7 PM after this.

Meeting Details

Group is open to anyone who wants to come. Please contact Support Group Leader before attending.
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Royal Oak Support Group

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Royal Oak Support Group

Led by Paige

ANAD’s longest serving program is our eating disorder, self-help support groups. Self-help group support can help tremendously when someone is suffering with an eating disorder, because it allows them to share what they are feeling and thinking in a safe, non-threatening environment where they will not be judged for having an eating disorder. Caring, community support can help replace eating disorders.

If you are nervous or afraid to start a support groups, please don’t hesitate to contact the Support Group Leader ahead of time to tell them about your concerns.

Location

317 E 11 Mile Rd,
Royal Oak, Michigan   48067

Phone

248-336-2868

Email

Meeting Times

Tuesdays at 7-8 PM.

Meeting Details

This is an open group located at Inner Door Center. Please call before attending, There is free parking behind the building.
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Libertyville Support Group

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Libertyville Support Group

Led by Kelli

This free ED support group focuses on healthy, positive communication and recovery skills, and strategies. We uplift and affirm members who are struggling and counter unhealthy self-talk/messages that tell the sufferer: “I’m not worthy of recovery. I will start tomorrow. I have to punish myself for my mistakes. I can’t be loved.” Support group members encourage one another to feel safe and understood as they open up more and communicate their feelings more. The meeting rooms at Cook Memorial Public Library in Libertyville are private and wonderful to use! Even members with children can bring them along to read or do homework in the upstairs Children’s section while in meetings.

If you are nervous or afraid to start a support groups, please don’t hesitate to contact the Support Group Leader ahead of time to tell them about your concerns.

Location

413 N Milwaukee Ave,
Libertyville, Illinois   60048

Phone

847-309-3592

Email

Meeting Times

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM

Meeting Details

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