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Dieting IS an Eating Disorder…. #EDAW2017 Day 1

It is Eating Disorders Awareness Week this week. I am honoured to have over 2,000 followers on my Facebook page, and I know that a percentage of those followers are ‘officially’ struggling with an Eating Disorder – by that I mean in recovery from Anorexia, or struggling with Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder.   However, the…

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Removing Blocks and Getting Things Done

Most of us have “To Do” lists that are a mile long. Some are work focused, some are personal, most are a mixture of both. Regardless of whether we  want to change professionally or personally, once we identify what we want to change, we seem to think that this is all it takes. Not true!…

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De-Scrooging (and Being Mindful) at Christmas

Guest Blogger Chris McConnell, CBT, ACT and Mindfulness Therapist, has written some timely words on managing anxiety, stress and depression at this time of year. De-Scrooging Yourself this Christmas Watching an advertisement on Irish TV recently, showing two employees going to great lengths to de-scrooge their boss, who on Christmas Eve demands a pile of…

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Surviving The Family at Christmas

Let’s face it, we might all love our families, but that doesn’t mean we like them all the time. Christmas can be a stressful time of year, when relatives who have not spent any time together all year, suddenly converge in one place.  With them they bring memories, habits, routines and their own beliefs of…

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One Quiet Day Of The Week

Living away from home for a few years now, first studying, and now working in the capital city, has meant that household routines have become a lot different than they used to be.   I’m fortunate enough to live with friends. However, living with friends who all work different jobs, different hours, in different parts…

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Changing the conversation around Eating Disorders

I went along to the annual conference for the International Association for Youth Mental Health in the UK a few weeks ago, where I heard from many researchers and professionals working in the area of youth mental health. These people are all working endlessly and passionately towards ending stigma and raising awareness for youth mental…

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Anorexia Athletica – The clue is in the name

Anorexia Athletica… Sports Anorexia… Hypergymnasia… Compulsive Exercising… There is a rapidly emerging area of eating disorders and the clue is in the name…   With eating disorders, a common motivation is the sense of control the individual feels over their body. When everything around them seems to be in chaos, eating disorder sufferers often feel…

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Orthorexia: How ‘healthy’ is your healthy eating?

Last night I was watching one of my favourite movies, Notting Hill, with friends. We found ourselves laughing as usual when the friends of lead character Will tried and failed to set him up with different women after his heart is broken by Anna. Of course, the ladies seemed to be a little, shall we…

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Emotional Eating – When A Little Becomes A Lot

‘’All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.’’ ~ Charles M. Schulz.   Don’t you agree? After a long day at work, there’s often nothing better than a few squares of chocolate with a coffee.   This is one of the many roles food has to play in our…

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