Category: Eating Recovery

Celebrating Every Body: The Body Positive Movement in Action

In today’s world of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Pinterest, photos of near-perfect bodies and flawless faces flood the social media scene. While many celebs and citizens alike are promoting a new approach to beauty known as the body positive movement, it’s easy to fall into the toxic trap of comparing ourselves to others. The good news is we’re making progress toward positivity and a healthy lifestyle. Rachel Reid, RD, a... Read More

Body Healing Before Body Positivity

Summertime is often a trigger for individuals struggling with disordered eating patterns. Less clothing and barely-there bikinis can evoke anxiety and depression in those who suffer from maladaptive eating behaviors. We’re taking a more in-depth look at the societal movement toward body positivity. Jill Sena, MA, LAC, SEP, a primary therapist at Sierra Tucson, offers insight on what it means to heal from disordered eating patterns, and how healing precedes... Read More

Body Beautiful: Finding Authentic Beauty in Self-Acceptance

Known for her advocacy work in creating a more body-positive society, supermodel Emme has made it her mission to incite a cultural shift in the status quo. Her 2016 #BodyBeaUtiful project, co-sponsored by Sierra Tucson and Timberline Knolls, featured videos and messages of individuals who shared their personal stories and joined the #BodyBeaUtiful conversation. We started our own conversation with Emme about this monumental movement from body dissatisfaction to body... Read More

Body Positivity: Celebrating every body and the person within

Body Positivity. Two buzzwords and a very hot topic in today’s society. But what does it really mean, and how do premier treatment centers like Sierra Tucson incorporate this concept into their therapeutic milieu? Scott Frazier, MSC, manager of Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Services, explains. Q: What is Sierra Tucson’s stance on body positivity? SF: At Sierra Tucson, we teach residents to be loving and kind to their bodies. Many... Read More

A Smoother Road to Eating Recovery

Sierra Tucson’s Evolved Approach to Disordered Eating by Alisa Fliss, EdS, MBA Director of Business Development, Acadia Healthcare – Recovery Division Recently, I received an invitation to a conference call to learn about the latest updates on Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Program. I have to admit, this was a conference call to which I looked forward. There’s a real need in our communities for programs like that of Sierra Tucson’s,... Read More

Eating Recovery and the Holidays

Minimizing Fear and Anxiety For individuals in eating recovery, the holiday season can stir up feelings of fear and anxiety. From Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, to holiday parties and Chanukah traditions, this time of year is when memories are made around calorie-laden meals. Often, fighting the urge to fall into old patterns and behaviors feels like an uphill battle for the struggling individual. At Sierra Tucson, our goal is to... Read More

A Healthy Food Attitude

How long has it been since you’ve taken a look at your relationship with food or the parameters around which you eat? Does this relationship matter to you? Why or why not? The answer to these questions can create such an opportunity for you. In a world full of “eat this, not that,” “super food,” and a surplus of health claims, somewhere down the line there has been an attack... Read More

Changing the Shape of Eating Recovery

Integrative models to support a healthy lifestyle By Scott Frazier, MSC Eating Recovery Program Manager at Sierra Tucson When residents struggle with their identity, they inevitably struggle with attachment. This leads to a craving for attaching to others and may create a loss of attachment to self. One can easily be imprisoned in the early Psychosocial Crisis stages that removes autonomy and causes mistrust in many facets of his or... Read More

Eating Recovery: A Shift In Treatment

By Gayle Masterson, MD Director, Eating Recovery Program When it comes to eating disorders, traditional methods of treatment have placed a greater emphasis on the diagnosis and not the individual as a whole. At Sierra Tucson, our Eating Recovery Program is shifting its focus to include attachment issues; developmentally related, early life issues; and the significant ways in which these patterns of engagement in interpersonal relationships result in the development... Read More

Eating Disorders: All Shapes and Sizes

In today’s society, the pressure to look a certain way can be overwhelming. Societal pressures can cause it to be difficult to accept the body we are in, and lead to an unexpected eating disorder. Fortunately, there are new trends that support the idea of loving your body. For the first time in its history, Sports Illustrated put a “plus-size” model, Ashley Graham, on the cover of its 2016 Swimsuit... Read More

The Gift of Self-Care

Eating Recovery During the Holidays The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the promise of celebrations, family traditions, and gift giving. For those who struggle with food, weight, or body-image issues, this time of year can also mean high levels of anxiety, overwhelming triggers, and enormous guilt. At Sierra Tucson, we encourage patients and alumni of our Eating Recovery Program to practice self-care during the holidays. When... Read More