Recovering and Discovering

Sharing my recovery story for the Recovery Rockstars blog at the Cielo House treatment center.

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Here's Why the Definition of Body Positivity Isn't Up for Debate - Everyday Feminism

Body positivity isn’t what you think it is; it has a real definition, and you can’t just change it because you want to justify your weight loss behaviors.

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Here’s How Fatphobia Is Being Marketed to You – And Why So Many of Us Buy Into It - Everyday Feminism

If weight loss is a side effect, and not a goal, of health, then why do so many of us keep buying into the weight loss lie? Here are 4 ways that fatphobia is being marketed to you–and why you keep buying it.

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Your FitBit is Ruining Your Relationship with Your Body - Psychology Today

Republished from Everyday Feminism: Three reasons using your FitBit may not be so healthy after all.

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3 Ways to Fight Diet Culture’s Toxic Messages and Love Yourself When Gaining Weight - Everyday Feminism

Why gaining weight isn’t always a bad thing–and how to love yourself even when diet culture tells you that you shouldn’t.

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Your FitBit Is Ruining Your Relationship with Your Body – Here Are 3 Reasons Why - Everyday Feminism

Is self-quantification ruining your relationship with your body? I discuss three things we need to consider before we strap on the fitbit and start calorie counting…

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What On Earth Makes Us Want to Wear High Heels? Well, Here’s Your Answer - Everyday Feminism

Why do female-identified people like wearing heels? I explore the history of heels and what drives the desire to wear them.

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If You Think the Dad Bod Phenomenon Is Championing Body-Positivity, Think Again – Here Are 3 Big Reasons We Need to Stop Praising It Now - Everyday Feminism

The Dad Bod could be seen, in some contexts, as a step in the right direction. After all, by its mere existence, it de-fetishizes the Men’s Health-inspired paradigm of six-pack abs for all men – and, potentially, it aids in alleviating the burden on many burgeoning, hidden male eating disorders. Which is great.

But there is also a seriously sinister, overtly sexist, body-policing overtone to this whole cultural phenomenon.

And we need to talk about it.

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Have These Lies Taught You It’s Okay to Body Shame? Here’s Why They’re Wrong - Everyday Feminism

I have my doubts about Dove.

About Dove, and about most of the companies that create those viral “body positive” ads that attempt to show “real” women that they are beautiful:

1. They Require Women to Accept Their Own Victimization
2. Empowering Ads Are Starting the Wrong Conversation
3. Empowering Ads Are Still Ads

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Want to Help People Be Healthier? 4 Reasons to Change the Food Industry Instead of Fat-Shaming - Everyday Feminism

Instead of making fat a moral, individual issue, let’s look at the systems that are creating disease and change them instead.

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What Harry Potter Had to Do With My Recovery From an Eating Disorder - The Mighty re-posted an original post from my website on eating disorder recovery and Harry Potter.

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Unpopular Opinion: You Are Probably Not Beautiful (And That's Okay) - xoJane

An unpopular opinion about how our focus on the body–including on being beautiful–is actually damaging to our body image!

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5 Ways to Be an Ally to Your Partner’s Eating Disorder Recovery (And Avoid Triggering Them) - Everyday Feminism

An open letter to the partners of disordered eaters, to improve communication and avoid triggers.

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3 Ways the Body-Positivity Movement Could Be More Body-Positive - Everyday Feminism

Is our focus on “body positivity” actually making it harder to positive about our bodies? I explore 3 reasons why I’m feeling kind of negative about body positivity.

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The Only Secret You Really Need To Know About Holiday Weight Gain - Thought Catalog

We don’t all just develop an eating disorder as soon as fall hits. Our cultural eating disorder is just a result of strategic programming.

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Disordered Eating is a Communicatable Disease - Thought Catalog

In case you weren’t aware, disordered eating is a communicable disease–or, perhaps I should say it’s a communicatable disease. It’s not the kind of disease that’s spread by hugging–on the contrary, hugs are an essential daily vitamin that can help you build your immunity. It’s the kind of disease that spreads from person to person through negative self-talk, marketing ploys, and cultural habits.

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The Challenge -

I’m a type-A personality. I thrive on deadlines and deliverables. I’m motivated by measuring progress. This is fantastic for my LinkedIn profile, but devastating for my personal well-being.
The reason?
I love a good challenge.

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Healthy Weight Week Guest Post: 0.0 - Wego Health

I thought I was watching my weight, but my weight was watching me.

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What’s Your Excuse (For Perpetuating Fitspo’s Ableist Narrative)? - Everyday Feminism

3 hidden reasons why Fitspo is disempowering:

– Fitspo Makes the Assumption That Ability Is a Choice
– Fitspo Makes the Assumption That an Able Body Is Earned
– Fitspo Makes the Assumption That the Disabled Body Is Something to Be Overcome

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4 Things Stopping Us From Ditching Diet Culture and How to Finally Let It Go - Everyday Feminism

Looking at Diet Culture through the lens of social capital, weight stigma, the backfire effect, and shame.

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Orthorexia Is the Eating Disorder You've Never Heard Of -

Quoted in story on orthorexia and recovery.

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5 Signs That Fitness Tracking Has Become Bad for Your Health -

Shared my story about orthorexia and exercise addiction in relation to health and fitness tracking.

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Why Emma Watson's Breasts Have Nothing To Do with Feminism -

Quoted extensively in an article on feminism and the right and the choice to appear “sexy” in public.

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What Does Body Positivity Actually Mean? - Psychology Today

Contributed an interview on the meaning of body positivity for an article written by Katherine Schreiber.

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Healthy Disease -

Featured in an article in a Brazilian publication on orthorexia: causes, symptoms, and solutions.

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Fitness trackers reveal the damaging pitfalls of the modern approach to self-improvement - Quartz

Interviewed on my experience with personal fitness trackers and self-quantification, and why I believe that FitBits are dangerous.

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What Happens When Clean Eating Turns into an Obsession? - Elle Magazine

Quoted in an article on orthorexia.

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Psychiatry doesn’t recognize ‘orthorexia’ — an obsession with healthy eating. But the Internet does. - Washington Post

Quoted in the Washington Post about my experience with orthorexia and how I recovered.

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When Wellness Makes You Unwell - Adios Barbie

Quoted in Adios Barbie on orthorexia and recovery from disordered eating.

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When Does 'Eating Clean' Become an Eating Disorder? -

Quoted on orthorexia and how it goes undetected.

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Orthorexia: when healthy eating turns against you - The Guardian

Featured in The Guardian in a story on recovery from orthorexia.

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The Real Problem with Inclusive Beauty Movements -

Extensively quoted on the problem with “real beauty” movements in marketing and advertising.

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The Hidden Dangers of Juicing -

Quoted on disordered eating and juicing.

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Has Body Image Become Oppressive? A Look at the Backlash Against Beauty - Shape Magazin

Quoted on body image and beauty in Shape Magazine

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Women in Podcasting: An Interview with Kaila Prins - Podcaster News

Discussing my journey with disordered eating and how it translated into the Finding Our Hunger podcast.

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Først da legen sa at hjertet kunne stoppe når som helst, innså Kaila at hun var syk - Klikk

Profiled on a Norwegian website, Klikk, discussing how my eating disorder, orthorexia, disguised itself as “healthy behaviors.”

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Orthorexia: The New Eating Disorder You've Never Heard Of -

Featured in an article on orthorexia and eating disorders: when is health eating detrimental and how do you eat healthily in a way that is supportive for your body? I discuss my personal experience with orthorexia, as well as my understanding of how Marketing and genetics influence our food choices.

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The Truth About Exercise Addiction: Understanding the Dark Side of Fitspiration (Chapter 7, What it Feels Like: Exercise Addicts' True Stories)

Featured in chapter 7 of Katherine Schreiber & Heather A. Hausenblas’ book on the topic of exercise addiction.

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When Healthy Eating Turns Into an Obsession - MSN.coS

Everyday Health article featuring my story on overcoming orthorexia picked up by

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When Healthy Eating Turns Into an Obsession - Everyday Health

Featured in an article for Everyday Health: “Kaila Prins had the best of intentions when she began to focus on clean eating. She soon became obsessed and quit school because of orthorexia nervosa.”

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#BodyLove: Ways to Boost Your Confidence - Fitness Magazine

Quoted in a print and online article in the October issue of Fitness Magazine regarding using blogging to boost your body confidence and positive self image.

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What 7 Women Who Overcame Eating Disorders Wish They'd Known Then - Greatist

An interview about eating disorders with Charlotte Anderson of the Great Fitness Experiment for and Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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