A Joyful Journey...

Join Doris Smeltzer, critically acclaimed author/educator, as she muses on topics from eating disorders to the mysteries of life. Often "Featured" are select, astute observations made by Andrea during her all too brief 19-year life…it is she who taught us: the joy IS in the journey!

Friday's baby step

There are few words that can prompt responses within me in such a myriad of conflicted and confusing ways as "binge." Just received the following ad in an email:

Binge

In the past week I've read numerous article titles using this "B" word: "Binge on Netflix, Binge on books ... on taxes, on fattening foods", etc. Obviously, I know the source of my negative responsiveness. Andrea died from the binge/purge cycles of bulimia. I cannot hear the word, no matter the context, without my mind connecting it to her...and the intense pain caused from that little noun.

In searching for synonyms that may be less triggering to my senses I found "spree, overdo, binder, splurge."  Maybe it's the connotation of excess that gets me, as these don't feel much better. Although perhaps if they were framed around loving behaviors or kindness...hmm...Nope. Just feels "off"--like depletion could be the probable outcome. I know too well the feeling of "empty" when I give too much of myself.

It's possible that "bingeing" on anything feels counter to self-care. And that is what I wish for all of us: self-love, self-compassion...words that conjure more positive forces into our lives. How sweet it would be if their lived reality could be a simple endeavor, yet it takes time and purposeful practice to achieve. My one simple act in this regard is to delete offending material without a glance at its content...a baby-step for today.

[Originally posted on the Gürze Books Eating Disorders Blogs]

Gettin' your groove on
What bodies really look like

Related Posts

 

Invest in ending eating disorders:

Shop via AmazonSmile or:

Givva
Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Andreas Voice Foundation

Automatically support Andreas Voice Foundation by shopping at Office Depot, Old Navy, and Target.

The book, "Andrea's Voice...

Silenced by Bulimia

 

Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze, 2006). read more...

Gratitude for support from:

mechnaics bank logo

Tag Cloud

eating disorders, body image healing, weight loss personal change Austria bulimia self-love Mothers Day self-hatred self-compassion, Italy binge competent eating Florence #Nuerofeedback4EDs weight beauty Nigerian Health At Every Size®, preferred gender pronouns Julie Wyman mindfulness, Intuitive Eating Michelangelo weight stigma Kenya high school reunion fat friendly doctors, body positive spain Lindsey Averill Body of Truth Italians judgments Africa only you can be you American Medical Assn., self-forgiveness nature / nurture, baby steps self-loathing wi-fi Internet meme wedding shattered bittersweet health and fitness, cellulite Mrs. Obama magical thinking bride & groom Rumi, vulnerability, memories body hatred crash diets, models independence Passover health ritual Cutting, public ownership, breaking down walls grief workplace wellness Independence Day Easter social media New Year International No Diet Day body acceptance, Resolutions Alzheimers privacy, Labor Day intersectionality Spring NEDAW 4-wheel drive recovery dysfunctional family, Eating Disorders Awareness Month fat talk metaphors, challenges queer body love lessons learned Renfrew Perspectives self-acceptance extended family, love mental illness killer stress, First Lady anorexia fat people, Sequoia National Forest Taryn Brumfitt dancing at bus stop Health At Every Size® white privilege Lets Move! body Chimamanda Adichie Silver Creek Falls Weight Stigma Awareness Week Bailey Webber self-care, healing metaphors, black & white thinking Andreas Voice, fat acceptance, non-binary gender shame,

Andrea's Voice...

Silenced by Bulimia

 

Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze, 2006). read more...

Invest in ending eating disorders:

Shop via AmazonSmile or: