Orthorexia: When Good Intentions Go Too Far

The Paleo Diet, Clean Eating, The Whole30, The Raw Food Diet… Everywhere we turn there’s a new diet philosophy touted as “the answer” to living a healthier, happier life. Each of these diets typically promises not only weight loss but also disease prevention and overall better health.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with eating healthy foods; but, if a person becomes fixated on a need to eat only what they consider the healthiest and most “pure” foods they could be suffering from an eating disorder called Orthorexia.

Becoming Me: My Eating Disorder Recovery Story

Without them, and my parent’s unwavering and often-tested support, I would not be where I am today both literally and figuratively. I am living out my dreams. I’m a flight attendant, somebody’s fiancé and, most importantly, I’m finally me. Becoming Me didn’t happen easily or quickly. I have struggled with an eating disorder for most […]

Amy Winehouse’s Struggle with Bulimia Nervosa

Saying that there is an unhealthy expectation in our culture when it comes to weight and female celebrities is an understatement. Disordered eating is so normalized in our society that few people acknowledge the gravity of the disease unless they’ve experienced it first hand.

The documentary Amy, which won the Documentary Feature Oscar Sunday night, skims the surface on the subject of disordered eating in female Hollywood and its role in the life and death of famous singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Unfortunately, it’s still a far cry away from bringing to light the gigantic reality of Winehouse’s probable battle with bulimia nervosa.

Overcoming Your Dysfunctional Relationship with Food

Changing Your Perceptions of Foods The first step for eating disorder patients in treatment is to avoid labeling foods and categorizing them as “good” or “bad.” This black and white thinking is a dieter’s mentality and leads to a dysfunctional relationship with food. When a patient eats a food on their “bad” or forbidden list, […]

Special Discount on All Rio Retreat Center Workshops

Spring is almost here. To celebrate this time of growth and renewal, we’re offering 25 percent off of all workshop registrations between now and March 31, 2016.

Workshops at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows are designed to help you understand your own needs, desires, emotions, habits, and everything else that makes you who you are. The more you know about yourself, the better equipped you are to engage in healthy relationships and have an improved sense of self.