National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week this week.  My life, like so that of so many others, has been affected by an eating disorder. Eating disorders are not only life-threatening, startlingly prevalent, and often undetected, but also taboo. So many people are afraid to talk about eating disorders, that many go without ever seeking or…

“What Do I Need Right Now?” More on the Reality of Eating Disorders.

There’s a few things you need to get clear on when it comes to eating disorder recovery: You’re gonna have to go to therapy. Talking with someone who can offer you a strong voice of clarity and advice untainted by personal involvement is invaluable. In fact, I would argue that everyone should be going to therapy, at…

The Power of Love Notes: An Act of Resistance

Recently one of my teachers undertook a challenge: writing a love note to herself every day for the month of February. It’s a twist on a month usually dedicated to love of others through an amalgamation of cheesy cards, overpriced flowers, and boxes of chocolates. But while not everyone may have a partner to celebrate with…

Everyday Goddesses: Tashmere Ward

Tashmere is someone I greatly admire. Her vibrancy, love, and passion shines through her in everything she does, and when she entered the Just Be Yoga community, I knew I wanted to get to know who she was. I’m so grateful to have her share her story through “Everyday Goddesses,” and so grateful to be…

Everyday Goddesses: Dorsey Standish

I’ve never met Dorsey in real life, but after reading her writings, I feel like I know her. Dorsey is an engineer and a yoga teacher (who is now focused on engineering a mindful life and bridging the gap between the “hippie dippie” world and the “science/tech” world) who isn’t shying away from sharing herself…

An Open Letter: You Are Not Your Eating Disorder.

You. Yes, you. The one who will always see themselves first and foremost as “the one with the eating disorder.” The one who blames themselves for the expensive therapy she dutifully goes to every week. The one who hides themselves away from others for fear of hurting them with lies, deceit, and ambiguity. The one who had stared at…

What If I Told You Your Anxiety Could Work to Your Advantage?

As you may or may not know, I’m currently studying Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. Last quarter, twice a week,  I and 200 other students would pack ourselves like sardines into one of the biggest lecture halls on campus for our introductory psychology class. We covered everything from the very basics of cellular brain structure,…

On Weight Gain, Body Ideals, Before-and-Afters, and More.

Recently on Instagram, I noticed a hashtag floating around called, “#gainingweightiscool.” Each picture under the tag displayed a different kind of before-and-after photo than you may be used to: instead of displaying weight loss, perhaps one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions in modern times, women were posting photos of their weight gain.  The participants…

Questions for a Recovered Anorexic

I recently agreed to answer some questions for a high school senior working on a project. The questions made me think, and I thought they might be helpful to others seeking to understand or recover from an eating disorder or mental illness in general.  How could your experience with an eating disorder affect you in…

Everyday Goddesses: Cailin Moore

Cailin is a powerful force for love. Her story of self-discovery, breaking open, and fearless authenticity inspires me every day, and I hope that it inspires you, too. Today’s everyday goddess shares a story that deals with careers that don’t serve us, embracing our sexuality, finding our place in the world, and making a difference…

The First Steps to Removing the Stigma From Mental Illness

Congress recently passed the first legislation to recognize eating disorders. The 21st Century Cures Act, which prevents insurance companies from denying support to sufferers of mental illness, is a huge leap in the movement to de-stigmatize mental illness and offer equal opportunity treatment to patients, but it is only the beginning. When I was a freshman…

“I Am Maris” Movie Fundraiser and Special Edition Tanks!

Click here to view the campaign page! I need your help. Friends, the filming for the documentary film “I Am Maris” is essentially complete, but the work has just begun. Editing, color correction, sound mixing, distribution, and more still needs to happen! This film is entirely funded by the filmmaker Laura Van Zee Taylor, because this…