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  • Asian father holds newborn baby girl while mother (out of focus) makes a call from her hospital bed

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: New Fathers

    “Wow, you are an expert at that,” says the man at my side watching me effortlessly swaddle his newborn in a blanket.  “Yeah, I’ve had practice,” I reply.  After years of swaddling my own three children and thousands of newborns I had better be an “expert” swaddler.  But his comment isn’t about me.  It is […] Read full story

  • Five women and two men holding a sign that reads "We Are Marching for so many #MarchAgainst ED

    Present Day

    My daughter spent almost five months in the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program in 2012 and six weeks in their adult program in 2013, after a relapse. She continues to check in with her (phenomenal) psychiatrist regularly. She has found art to be an important tool for her to maintain her recovery. Recovery: A […] Read full story

  • Happy Family at a wedding

    FBT What?

    Family Based Treatment (FBT) understands this truth: recovery from an eating disorder cannot be made without full weight restoration and ongoing full nutrition. There is another important acknowledgement FBT makes which conventional (and markedly less effective) treatments don’t: when the symptom of a disease is anosognosia (inability to recognize one is ill), waiting for the […] Read full story

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    Down the Rabbit Hole

    I am fond of prefacing conversations about eating disorders with: “If, everything you know about eating disorders you learned from an ABC Afterschool Special or Lifetime TV movie, you don’t know anything.” A frightening aspect of this disease is that most people—including doctors and other clinicians—wrongly assume full authority on the topic. Many people don’t […] Read full story

  • Smiling teenage girl on a beach

    When Choice Isn’t A Choice

    Long before I knew the term “disordered eating,” I knew its environment. My stunningly beautiful mother maintained her perfectly-proportioned, svelte figure with Carnation Instant Breakfast, cigarettes for hunger control during the day and an enormous, home-cooked, delicious meat, potatoes, salad and vegetable dinner every night. Sweets and sugar were forbidden, but sour cream was encouraged—low-fat, […] Read full story

  • Whit Picket Fence with yellow flowers in the background

    Taking the Road you Never Wished to Travel

    Intellectually, we know John Lennon nailed it, “ Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.” Truly owning that sentiment is something else. For me, an inveterate planner (right down to March and May babies for Kindergarten-readiness) with a proven track record of turning the plan into a reality, this […] Read full story

  • Toddler playing peek-a-boo

    Childhood Unplugged — The Importance of Play From Birth and Beyond

    Children today are surrounded by flashing lights, screens and plenty of noise. Going unplugged doesn’t need to be a punishment; it can instead be the key to a world left unexplored. As a busy homeschool mom of four kids 8 years and under, believe me there are days I long for nothing more than a […] Read full story

  • Toddler sitting in a sand, pouring sand into a pail

    The Polluted Playground – Keeping Kids Safe in a Toxic World

    From the food our families eat, to the sand our kids play in we are surrounded by pesticides, chemicals, genetically modified food, and environmental pollutants. Part of protecting our families is simply just knowing the risks, how we are affected and what we can do to protect ourselves against our polluted playground. As most any […] Read full story

  • Bowl of ramen noodles with a veggies and a cornish game hen on the side

    9 Ways to Buy and Eat Organic On a Ramen Noodle Budget

    There have been plenty of debates over the years as to whether eating organic is “really” better for you. In my own personal research and experience, the least amount of human interference the better it is – but lets face it, we are not all going out back and picking money off of trees. We […] Read full story

  • three measuring cups of gluten-free grains, stacked on top of each other

    6 Gluten Free Kid Friendly Lunch Ideas and Cross Contamination Tips

    Raising nearly a handful of kids, two of which have a gluten intolerance, I have learned a few tricks along the way. Lunch time is a crazy time in our home, as I’m sure it is in yours. Today, I’m sharing a few precautionary cross contamination measures we take in our home and 6 easy […] Read full story