Body Trust is Your Birthright By Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD & Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC of Be Nourished Ten years ago, Be Nourished was born from a desire to have a safe and welcoming space for people to have conversations rich in meaning about our relationship with our bodies. We wanted these conversations to illuminate…

Our Bodies: A Source of Wonder “A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem.” – Naomi Wolf I have read this quote before, thinking it was a lovely notion, but I didn’t really understand the truth of the message until I experienced The Body Positive leadership training at the…

  Body Hate, Body Love, and Everything In Between I lead the body image group at Opal, which often leads to the assumption that my own body image is flawless. And some days it is. But, my experience as an embodied woman is constantly shifting and changing. Just when I get used to the curve…

  Food+Body Freedom in the Backcountry One staff member’s experience of freedom from her eating disorder while backpacking in Washington Over the fourth of July weekend, I embarked on a four day backpacking trek to Washington’s finest and most envied spot, The Enchantments. As mentioned in its name, this captivating and whimsical spot struck a…

An empowered message to recipients of sizeism As a woman of size I have realized that many people in our society feel at liberty to comment on my weight. It could take the form of a “concerned” family member reminding me of diets and procedures at my disposal, or that I need to exercise and…

Experiential therapy for exercise eating disorder treatment through the lens of art To begin exploring this idea of exercise and movement in eating disorder treatment, I need to give you some back story.  Several years ago I had an idea. I was working at a shelter in downtown Seattle at the time with a group…

How One Clinician’s Journey on a Silent Mindfulness Retreat Impacted her Work in Eating Disorder Treatment 2014 was a trying year; through the turmoil, I felt the fast momentum of life and knew I could not stop it. I noticed my inability to handle personal struggles was impacting my work as a milieu therapist at…

I cried (tears of joy) the first time I went to The Pantry. This beautifully simple and cozy kitchen, tucked behind the famed Seattle pizza restaurant, Delancey, was a stark contrast and much needed breath of fresh air from the kitchen environment at Opal where I spend most of my time. Don’t get me wrong,…

When I was six or seven, I got my first diary. It had pink lined pages and a picture of Hello Kitty on the front. I still remember how eager I was to start putting things down in that book- I had just barely learned how to write sentences, but I had things to say….

An address to the Puget Sound IAEDP Community at the Winter Celebration of Life December 6, 2014 Amae “In graduate school, I took a philosophy course where we explored Elisabeth Young-Bruehl and Faith Bethelard’s book titled “Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart.”  It has always stuck with me.  Perhaps because it personally rustled something up…

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