March 31, 2008

New Eating Disorder Support Group In Buffalo

Posted in Blogroll, Eating Disorder Recovery Resources, Help for Those who Tend Toward Self-Destruction, SUNY at Buffalo Prevention and Treatment Group Updates, Western New York Eating Disorder Resources at 1:14 am by satsanga

Eating Disorder Support Group
Type:
Description:
Eating Disorder Support Group
ANAD-Anorexia Nervous and Associated Disorders
Sundays 6-7 p.m.
Beginning April 6th
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville NY, 14221
Board Room

Frequently Asked Questions:

DO I NEED TO ATTEND ON A REGULAR BASIS?
-Frequency of attendance is a matter of personal choice.

-For some, using ANAD groups at the beginning of their illness gives them some motivation, education, and information on resources in their community.

-Others use ANAD groups during active treatment or recovery as an adjunct to their therapy.

-Many will return to ANAD groups to help prevent a relapse or to share stories of inspiration.

IS THERE A COST?
-No, all ANAD services are free.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
-Individuals with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorders NON (Not otherwise Specified). Family members are also welcome to visit.

Contact:
Mandy Howard
Email: pahoward@buffalo.edu
Phone: 404-291-4018
or
Carly Hadjeasgari
Email: cfh5@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-208-8151

March 27, 2008

Wellness and Yoga Group Update- Can you Really Recover?

Posted in Blogroll, Eating Disorder Recovery Resources, Help for Those who Tend Toward Self-Destruction, SUNY at Buffalo Prevention and Treatment Group Updates at 2:17 pm by satsanga

Our group this Spring has worked hard to stay connected. The weather has been very Wednesday focused. But we are up and running.

We were talking about the BIG QUESTION last night, “Can you really recover?”

And the answer is yes. and next, it is not easy. .. and next you need to stay mindful and focused on being well and NOT on being sick.

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”

I believe this. I believe that we can work toward being well one little behavior at a time. Here are a few:

1. Ride out your feelings. When a uncomfortable feeling comes…stay there and feel it. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply and let the feeling come to you. You can handle it. It is information for you. Ask yourself about the feeling, “Is this feeling about right now?” “Is this feeling about a memory?” “Is this feeling about my expectations for the future?”…Then, focus on the NOW. Feel your breath. Bring your awareness to the present. …The feeling will transform. It becomes yours and something that you can handle. Some find it helpful to write what is happening down.

2. Practice harm reduction. If you feel you might binge and you are in a place in which you really can’t breathe through it, eat a big bowl of air popcorn (a can of soup, a veggie patty). If you are restricting to manage your feelings, drink a slim-fast (better than skipping) and look forward to your next healthy meal. When you can, get back on track. These are not failures. These steps are you getting closer to the healthy path.

3. Practice one healthy thing a day. Just one. This can be a date with a friend, a peaceful walk, meditation, a yoga session, a bath, making a good meal, sharing your feelings with a safe person…Just one thing a day.

These things will get you started.

Catherine