Ways to Engage During NEDAwareness Week

Written by: Emily Blair, Director of Operations

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I wanted to take a moment to share some events that are taking place in or near the Chicago area in honor of NEDAwareness week.

1. Consider getting a group together to go see a movie that discusses the realities of struggling with an eating disorder.

“All of Me” Movie Screening

  • DateMonday, February 26, 2018
  • Time6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • LocationNorthwestern University, Annenberg Hall, room G15, Evanston, IL
  • Click here for more information.

2. Attend a night filled with discussion on leaning into our authentic selves.

Free Community Event to Celebrate National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – This is ME!

  • DateWednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Time6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • LocationThe Renfrew Center of Chicago, 5 Revere Drive, Suite 100, Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Click here for more information. 

3. Take action steps to further your own recovery journey by attending an EDA group.

EDA – Eating Disorders Anonymous Drop-In Group

*This event was not specifically created for NEDAwareness week.  I added this option for those looking to join an EDA group.  It occurs every Wednesday at The Awakening Center.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Location: The Awakening Center, 3523 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 6065
  • Click here for more information. 

4. Connect with your mind and body at a yoga or meditation class.

Centered Studios (off the Morse stop on the red line) offers a great selection of yoga classes, as well as a two-hour meditation on Friday evenings.  Consider getting a group of friends together to go to a class.  Here’s a link to their schedule.



You may be saying, “But wait!  I’m not in the Chicago area.”  No worries.  Here are some other ways to take action during NEDAwareness week.

 5. Set aside some time to meditate during the week

NEDAwareness Week Guided Meditation with Dr. Jenny Copeland, Facebook Live event

  • Date: Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 to 7:20 pm.
  • Location: online
  • Click here for more information. 

 6. Consider enrolling in a course to improve your relationship with your body.

Click here to see various online courses on making peace with food and your body offered by Christy Harrison, MPH, RD CDN. 

7. Start reading Megan Crabbe’s body positive book on making peace with your body.

Click here to order the book on amazon. 

 8. Put up post-its on your bathroom mirror with body-positive quotes.

 Here’s a list of some quotes to get you started. 

 9. Watch the documentary “Embrace” with some friends, which follows Taryn Brumfitt’s journey as she seeks to make peace with her body.

You can order the film here.  The documentary is also available on Netflix! 

 10. Finally, follow our contributing writers on Instagram. They’ll be sure to fill your feed with inspirational and body positive messages. 









Written by: Madeline McCallum, contributing writer and blogger at http://madelinesmusing.blogspot.com/?m=1


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“We appreciate your consistent releasing of resistance.

We appreciate the continual opening of new doors, allowing your further discovery of who-you-are.

We are eager about the consistent ease that is before you.

We are eager about your new desires still to be launched.

We are eager for your inevitable rendezvouz with good-feeling ideas and experiences.

We are eager for your realization of the unlimited abundance that surrounds you.”

(Esther & Jerry Hicks)

I had a moment the other day where I paused in my tracks and considered how wild it was that past-me, some previous version of myself, had worked so extremely hard to make sure my feet were standing right where they were at that moment – on the London pavement, coffee in hand and opportunity stretching before me.

To be clear, at no point in my life did I ever really plan out a specific road map – and that used to stress me out. I’ve always known my ambitions and my bigger-picture dreams deep down, but I tend to get bogged down in the “how,” in feeling like I need to be actively doing something to make all of my dreams happen. When given the topic of appreciation, what first came to mind was an image in my head of me just wrapping my arms around myself, praising the girl who, from a very early age, committed to a life of doing everything in my power to live a life of adventure, of ambition, of reach, of no boundaries. Because of her relentless commitment to herself, I am now in a place where I can recognize and fully bask in all that I have achieved in my mere two decades on this planet.

I appreciate the family who instilled these values in me – a family who never drew strict lines around me (and thank goodness, because my internal demons definitely took care of that one for them…), a family who showed me that through hard work and perseverance, I can truly achieve anything I set my mind too.

I appreciate the time I have allowed myself to heal. As much as hindsight allows me to recognize the rewards of all of my hard work and nose to the grindstone moments, it also lets me recognize that none of that hard work would have come to fruition if there weren’t also periods of pause. I hope that I continue to give myself this grace – realizing that this recovery is a marathon, one that requires dedication and training every day. And that two years, or five years, or ten years, is just a blip on the timeline of my full life. I am not losing time or wasting time – rather, I am giving myself back years of love and feeling and wholeness.

I appreciate the relentless commitment I have made to myself. This body and this mind is my home, and I intend to treat my home with respect and care for its longevity. Time has shown me that every time I dig deep into my core values and use those to guide my actions, the result feels right and truly bountiful.

I appreciate that at some times I may not feel so content with myself, but I hope that I can look back and remember that I have always made it through those rough patches – and come out stronger and more resilient on the other side.

We are eager for the tipping point that will surely come that will allow you to see yourself as we know you to be: deserving of all manner of abundance, worthy of all good things, satisfied with what-is– and eager for more.

(Esther & Jerry Hicks)


Written by: Morgan Blair, founder and creative director of Unpolished Journey


It’s like a ball of Christmas lights tangled in your esophagus.  The lights randomly turn on, it’s pretty, your throat is glowing with all the millions of tasks left undone. The knot keeps words from leaving your lips or sustenance from sliding down your throat. You need to untangle the knot, but how does someone do that when the knot is stuck in their throat?


It’s like having sore feet from a long night, but never having another day off. No time to soak them, massage them, or allow them to recover. It is the compiling effect of sore feet. Worse and worse and worse until you walk with a limp and shoes are no longer an option. You need a day off, but how can you do that when you have three jobs?


It’s like peanut butter on your toothbrush, sticky, messy. You don’t realize it as you stumble to the bathroom in a sleepy haze. You grab it and bring it to your teeth. It taste funny. You look in the mirror. All your teeth are brown and your hands are stained with the lovely reek of peanuts and sugar. You need to wash it all off, but how do you do that when the butter is stuck between all the bristles?


Stress is leaning too far forward while being pushed backwards. It is the upside down while standing right side up. Stress has been a dear friend and also a long lost enemy. What do you do? The only thing you can do is invite it in and offer it a cup of tea. It might be there for awhile.