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Link Love: December 2016

Here’s a selection of articles and blog posts I’ve been loving recently. We hope they’ll make a difference for you too.  >> Read more

14/12/2016


Recap: One Holiday, One Wedding and One More Reason to Recover

It feels like forever since my last post and I really don’t even know where to begin because so much has happened. So, both to keep you up to date and to get my own head straight, I thought I would do a little recap of what’s been happening in our lives lately.  >> Read more

26/11/2016


Don’t Tell Me About Your Weight Loss (Please!)

In my experience, trying to avoid weight loss talk during recovery is one of the hardest things to do. Our culture is obsessed with it; we measure worth by it, celebrate it and look down on those who don’t aspire to it. So what are we supposed to do?  >> Read more

28/10/2016


Not Quite ‘There’ Yet

do still care what people think. I don’t want to, but I do. That’s where I’m at right now. But it’s my job to be so dissatisfied with a life that’s anything less than fully free, that I’ll do anything to get better.  >> Read more

8/10/2016


Link Love: September 2016

Here’s a selection of articles and blog posts that really made a difference for Kate over the last few months. We hope they’ll be meaningful for you too.  >> Read more

30/09/2016


To Be Free…

At this point of recovery, hanging out in the comfort zone is really dangerous. Outwardly, you can appear to be getting on with life and living ‘normally’ but internally, behind closed doors, you’re living with behaviours, thoughts and medical issues that are not healthy.  >> Read more

23/09/2016


An Interview with… Life Coach, Sarah Tamburrini

We didn’t know much about life coaching before we met Sarah but she has a really simple way of explaining exactly what it is (and isn’t). We love meeting people like Sarah who are so passionate about helping people rediscover true health.  >> Read more

09/09/2016


A Simple, But Handy, Recovery Tool

As most of you are aware, lately I’ve been faced with yet another stage of the recovery journey. I know exactly what I have to do to get through it and restore my body to health (eat more, exercise less – revolutionary, right?) but it is really difficult to put into action. This is a tool I’ve found really helpful.  >> Read more

02/09/2016


The Best of Friends

I’m lucky enough to have an awesome group of friends who have supported me and stuck by me over the past few years, despite the fact that I really was not myself. My best friend Stephy is top of the list. She’s continued to put up with me and has been so unbelievably patient when I really haven’t deserved it.  >> Read more

26/08/2016


I Want To Be Like Nigella

Over the weekend I listened to the No Filter podcast with Mia Freedman and Nigella Lawson. The culinary queen’s words on food and how she lives her life were so simple and beautiful, it got me thinking about my life and how I want to be when I’m fully recovered.  >> Read more

19/08/2016


Link Love: July/August 2016

Here’s a selection of articles and blog posts that really made a difference for Kate over the last few months. We hope they’ll be meaningful for you too.  >> Read more

12/08/2016


Mindfoodly in Melbourne 2016

Our Melbourne trip has come and gone (much too quickly), but we made the most of our time there and were able to tick off some of the things on my ED challenge list.  >> Read more

06/08/2016


On apples and better-ness.

This is a repost of a piece of writing that really touched Kate. You can find the original on accompanywithtea.wordpress.com, but we loved it so much we wanted to share it with oyu all right here.  >> Read more

24/07/2016


Ready… Set… Leap

During the last couple of years of my recovery journey, there have been several “turning point” moments. Each of these moments involved taking a leap of faith and changing my food and/or exercise behaviour while facing my two biggest fears: gaining weight and losing control. >> Read more

16/07/2016


When Did It All Become So Complicated?

Last weekend, Matt and I visited my Neany (aka my grandmother) as we do just about every week. As I was making cups of tea for everyone I noticed a packet of Jersey Caramels in her kitchen cupboard. The sight of those unassuming little sweets brought memories of pre-eating disorder life flooding back. >> Read more

07/07/2016


Because Sometimes Other People Say It Better

There are so many good people out in this world preaching stories of recovery, true health and hope to our diet-entrenched society, I thought this week was a great opportunity to share some of the articles and blogs that have inspired me lately. >> Read more

24/06/2016


Hunger Signals: The Ultimate Reminder Your Body Knows What It’s Doing

WARNING: This post is a little rantish and as much for my own good as anyone else’s! >> Read more

17/06/2016


How to Completely Let Go…

I’ve been struggling for a while now with the idea of completely letting go of all control around food and exercise. I want so badly to be in tune with my body. To trust it. To listen to it. To provide what it wants, when it wants it. But I just don’t know how. >> Read more

03/06/2016


An Interview with…Us!

Here at mindfoodly we love interviewing people we respect and admire, and sharing their stories and insights with all of you. A few weeks ago, we had the tables turned on us when our good friend Jacqui Tyler asked if she could talk to us about our new eBook You Are Not Alone>> Read more

27/05/2016


#WeDigDietitians: Lauren Fowler

The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is Lauren Fowlder RDN. >> Read more

18/05/2016


Feeling Lighter in My Soul

Over the past couple of months, I’ve noticed a change in myself. A change in how I feel and, as a result, how I act. The only way I can describe it is feeling lighter—ironic, given I’m physically heavier now than when I began my recovery journey!  >> Read more

13/05/2016


Recovering on Holiday (And Doing a Really Crummy Job of It)

For Christmas last year my parents’ awesome present to me, my brothers and our partners was a holiday to Noosa, QLD, booked for the end of April. I can honestly say the seven days I spent in Noosa were some of the hardest, most full on days I’ve experienced throughout my recovery journey.   >> Read more

07/05/2016


Rebekah’s Story: Doing The Best I Can

“In 2010, when I was 17 years old, I fell soundly asleep in my doctor’s waiting room. Questions were asked as to why I was so exhausted, and I was popped onto the scales in her office. That’s when it all came out.”  >> Read more

22/04/2016


Our First eBook, You Are Not Alone, is Available Now

We are very excited to announce the first ever mindfoodly eBook, You Are Not Alone: Real Stories that Challenge the Silence, Shame and Stigma of Eating Disorders, is available to download now.  >> Read more

13/04/2016


Learning to Not Just Live With It

Last night, I read something that really confronted me. I had to put my book down and honestly ask myself, “Have I been learning to live with my eating disorder?”  >> Read more

08/04/2016


Easter, Mindfoodly-Style

Our experience over the Easter long weekend had its highs and its lows. But we’re looking at it as another win, and an opportunity to look back and realise that enjoying chocolate, lots of yummy food and a few drinks does not equal bad health.  >> Read more

31/03/2016


I’m OK (But Not Content) With Where I’m At

Having a “get sh!t done” attitude can be helpful in a lot of situations. It can also make it really easy to be hard on yourself if you feel like you’re not recovering quickly enough. I’m learning to be okay (but not content) with where I’m at. Want to join me?  >> Read more

24/03/2016


#WeDigDietitians: Kylie Worboys

The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is Kylie Worboys (of The Healthy Vegemite fame). >> Read more

10/03/2016


Intuitive Eating is Not Meant to Be Another Diet

I’ve dabbled in intuitive eating, but I’m not there yet. When I’ve tried over the past couple of years, I always find the ED manages to twist my best intentions into yet another set of rules and restrictions. And that is why we are so, so lucky to have people like the lovely Lauren Fowler to show us that achieving intuitive eating is entirely possible. >> Read more

03/03/2016


When We Hear Our Bodies, But Don’t Listen

Eating disorders can make you numb to a lot—including the signals your body is screaming at you. In the same way you can hear people’s concern without listening to it, living with an ED can mean hearing what your body needs but not listening or doing anything about it. >> Read more

26/02/2016


Let’s Help – Not Hinder – Each Other

I absolutely adore the ED Community. And it’s my hope and my prayer that this post might make us all work even harder to ensure our community is one that’s absolutely free of guilt, shame and comparison. >> Read more

11/02/2016


#WeDigDietitians: Kylie Mitchell

The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is Kylie Mitchell (of immaEATthat.com). >> Read more

04/02/2016


Better Birthdays

Birthdays—along with the rest of life—are so much more enjoyable and fun the closer I get to full recovery. What used to be a day full of guilt, anxiety and restriction was this year a day of fun, relaxation and delicious food. >> Read more

29/01/2016


Having an Eating Disorder is So Not Worth It

Earlier this week Matt and I were talking about how big—and bad—an impact the eating disorder has had on both of our lives. We have both found it super important to remind ourselves of just how terrible life has been at times because of the ED. And it’s been an amazing recovery tool. >> Read more

21/01/2016


Why Recover?

Everybody has different reasons to recover and I want to share a few of mine. It might help you to think about your life and realise that recovery is worth it, and that the decision to begin recovery is one of the best you’ll ever make. >> Read more

13/01/2016


Our Christmas and a Big Recovery Decision

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year’s. We sure did! Lots of food and fun with friends and family… plus Kate made a big recovery decision. >> Read more

07/01/2016


Essential Pre-Christmas Reading

I don’t know about you, but I swear if I see one more article about holiday weight gain and ways to avoid Christmas food I think I may flip! >> Read more

23/12/2015


Plate Shaming Should be Ashamed of Itself

Something I’ve noticed more and more lately is the temptation to compare what and how much food is on your plate to what you see online. Here’s why that’s a terrible idea. >> Read more

16/12/2015


Your Most Important Accountabili-buddy is You

I am very lucky to have the constant support that I have around me whilst I have had the Eating Disorder. But what I’ve been learning lately is that I need to be accountable to myself. >> Read more

10/12/2015


#WEDIGDIETITIANS: EMMA STUBBS

The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is Emma Stubbs. >> Read more

25/11/2015


THE POWER OF BLOGS (AND SOME OF MY FAVOURITES)

The blogs on this list serve as some of the strongest reminders that it’s possible to live freely in a truly healthy manner. They’re a place I can go on bad days, when I need the ED’s rules to fade away, if only for a moment. >> Read more

18/11/2015


CELEBRATING A YEAR OF BEING MARRIED

Our wedding day really set my recovery in motion, it was the moment I went “all in” and truly started to challenge the ED’s lies and let go of its rules. So we really wanted to mark our first year of being married with something special. >> Read more

11/11/2015


GRATEFUL

I know this may seem odd and as hellish as this whole experience has been, I know that as I come closer to completing my ED journey I’m coming out of this a better and stronger wife, daughter, sister and friend. >> Read more

29/10/2015


CONSTANT COMPARISONS

We’ve all heard it a million times before: comparisons are the thief of joy. And for people trying to recover from an eating disorder this phrase rings especially true. >> Read more

23/10/2015


#WEDIGDIETITIANS: ASHLEIGH KEEP

The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is Ashleigh Keep. >> Read more

15/10/2015


BABY BLUES

It’s no secret I love babies. So when 12 months ago my psychologist told me my future fertility could be affected by my actions now, I remember thinking, “This has gone too far”. >> Read more

08/10/2015


BECOMING NORMAL

This ED world is easily the worst thing I have ever experienced. It’s like you’re constantly gasping for air but failing to get in any real breath. Thankfully, I’m becoming walking proof that it is possible to get away from this feeling and to begin to live again and to feel (mostly) normal. >> Read more

02/10/2015


GUEST POST: FOR WHEN THE BATTLE SEEMS NEVER-ENDING

A guest post from our good friend Bek on the nature of recovery and why you’ll shed more tears in recovery than you ever will in a relapse. >> Read more

23/09/2015


…AND WE’RE BACK!

Well, we’re back from our Hawaiian holiday and I’m pleased to report it was absolutely what we needed. We were able to switch off from our normal routine, relax and come home refreshed. (Featuring plenty of pics!) >> Read more

17/09/2015


#WEDIGDIETITIANS: HEIDI SZE

The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is Heidi Sze (of applesundermybed.com fame). >> Read more

10/09/2015


HAWAII: THE HONEYMOON KATE DESERVES

In a couple of days Kate and I are off to Hawaii. For us, it’s a chance for a “second honeymoon”, one we can enjoy without the ED calling the shots. A honeymoon that Kate deserves. >> Read more

26/08/2015


DON’T PUT DIRT ON MY GRAVE JUST YET

While every ED recovery journey is unique, there are some things that are a part of almost every story. The fear, anxiety and distress we experience during weight restoration is one such thing. And it’s one I’ve been struggling a lot with lately. >> Read more

20/08/2015


DON’T LET COMPLACENCY SLOW YOU DOWN

I’m learning throughout my recovery process just how sneaky EDs can be. One minute you think you’re rolling along quite smoothly, smashing goals left, right and centre, then all of sudden you’re stopped in your tracks. >> Read more

13/08/2015


COULD AN ED ALREADY BE WORMING ITS WAY INTO YOUR CHILD’S LIFE?

I am currently working my way through a fabulous book Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan. I wanted to share some of my reflections from the book with you in the hopes that it might help you spot the patterns in your own life, or even notice unhealthy behaviour in your children or younger loved ones. >> Read more

05/08/2015


BEING COLD… ALL THE TIME

One of the worst symptoms of having an eating disorder is feeling cold. All the damn time. Unless you’ve experienced it you really have no idea how frustrating it is. >> Read more

31/07/2015


GUEST POST: ASH (AKA @INNERPICKLE_)

A guest post from our good friend Ash on her journey to recover from anorexia and bulimia. Includes a recipe for her delicious homemade baked beans. >> Read more

22/07/2015


LAWS FOR TALKING TO SOMEONE WITH AN EATING DISORDER

Anyone with a friend or loved one recovering from an ED will know “being there” for them is a tricky business. Things you would normally say and do suddenly take on a whole new (and unintended) meaning and can end up detrimental to recovery. Here are three laws for what to say (and what not to say) to a loved one with an eating disorder. >> Read more

15/07/2015


#WEDIGDIETITIANS: Christina Turner (SOL nutrition)

The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is SOL nutrition’s Christina Turner. >> Read more

08/07/2015


CRUNCHIN’ MY WAY TO RECOVERY

Many people recovering from eating disorders find breakfast cereals a safer, less confronting step to take in early recovery. This was certainly the case for me. But the ED was always on the lookout for a way to take control. >> Read more

30/06/2015


A FORK IN THE ROAD

Last weekend I had an appointment and weigh in with my dietitian. I knew I would find out how much weight I had put on since my last visit. It was really playing on my mind and causing me a lot of anxiety. >> Read more

24/06/2015


Food, Friends and Fighting Back

A couple of weekends ago, I was able to do something I had been dying to do for a long time—throw a dinner party with two of my oldest, dearest friends (and fellow foodies). >> Read more

17/06/2015


Letting Go (No, Not “Let It Go”)

A few weeks ago we caught up with a friend who is fully recovered from an eating disorder. Her inspiring story spoke directly to many of the fears I’ve had lately. In particular, she emphasised how important it was to let go of ALL rules. >> Read more

13/06/2015


MINDFOODLY REVIEW: SAMUELS RESTAURANT

Read our review of Samuels Restaurant to see why—despite the AMAZING food—there’s another reason we won’t forget our experience there for a long time.  >> Read more

10/06/2015


“A SELFISH ILLNESS”

It can be really useful, especially early on in your recovery journey, to focus on getting better for yourself (and I’ve often used this approach). But I’ve been pleasantly surprised lately to find the benefits of recovery aren’t just for me—they’re for my loved ones too.   >> Read more

07/06/2015


Confessions of a Clueless Carer: Never Going Back

Once upon a time, Matt was so addicted to exercise and eating right it made it impossible for him to be the carer Kate needed. Find out what changed and why he’ll never let himself be in that position again. >> Read more

03/06/2015


#WeDigDietitians: Jacqui Tyler (Rethink nutrition)

The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Our first Feature Dietitian is Rethink Nutrition’s Jacqui Tyler. >> Read more

30/05/2015


An Apple a Day

Obeying the ED’s rules for when, where, how and what you’re allowed to eat can feel comforting and safe, but the reality is it’s incredibly bad for you. Find out how the humble apple helped Kate break the rules.  >> Read more

27/05/2015


mindfoodly Review: Humber

Sharing a meal is one of our favourite ways to spend time with the people we love. So when we heard Kate’s brother Nathan was going to be out of town for the weekend, leaving his partner Hollie on her lonesome, we saw the perfect opportunity to combine our two loves: food and family.  >> Read more

23/05/2015


We’re Writing An eBook And We Need Your Help

The longer we keep our pain in the dark the more power it has over us, and the harder it is to overcome. That’s why we’re putting together an eBook to challenge the shame, silence and stigma of eating disorders. But we can’t do it alone. >> Read more

20/05/2015


Confessions of a Clueless Carer: We Needed Help

For a long time we thought we could handle Kate’s eating disorder on our own. But we’ve come to realise admitting you need help doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human. >> Read more

16/05/2015


That Thursday I Started Eating Porridge For Breakfast

Little triumphs are teaching me that I can choose to listen to my recovery team, my family and my body, and it’s possible to silence the eating disorder. And that’s worth celebrating. >> Read more

13/05/2015


mindfoodly in Melbourne

Our trip to Melbourne had its ups and its downs. The important thing for us is that we learn from our stumbles, focus on the positives and move forward more determined than ever to live life without ED. (BONUS: Lots of photos from the trip.) >> Read more

10/05/2015


Is Fitness Hurting Our Kids?

Is it a warning sign that our fitness-obsessed culture has gone too far that when our kids think of grown-up activities one of their first thoughts is working out? >> Read more

06/05/2015


Missing Out (Memoirs of a Daddy’s Girl)

The eating disorder has taken a lot from me. But one thing I wasn’t ready for was the devastating effect this illness would have on my relationships with my friends and—more unbearably—my family. >> Read more

02/05/2015


Taste Test: Ridiculously Delicious Old Fashioned Peanut Butter

We found a new peanut butter. But can it live up to its name? >> Read more

28/04/2015


PEAS, HAM AND A WHOLE LOT OF TEARS

The same soup. Two different years. And two very different experiences. >> Read more

24/04/2015


CONFESSIONS OF A CLUELESS CARER: MY BIGGEST REGRET

Caring for someone with an eating disorder comes with its own challenges. In this ongoing series Matt will share his experience caring for Kate—mistakes and all. >> Read more

22/04/2015


WHY Wearing Swimmers Can Be an Act of Bravery

A viral post from an influential fashion blogger has inspired millions to love their bodies more. But could it be sending a different message to people with body image disorders? >> Read more

18/04/2015


mindfoodly Review: Lower East CAFÉ

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12/04/2015


The army of the potato

In her war against ED Kate finds herself face to face with General Potato. Will our heroine be able to overcome her fear and (b)eat that S.O.B? >> Read more

10/04/2015


TRÈS BIEN FRANCE, TRÈS BIEN

A new law passed by the French government makes it illegal to condone anorexia, and limits unrealistic  body image representations. >> Read more

07/04/2015


Kate’s Story

The story of my fight against disordered eating is still being written, but it started with an innocent moment of boredom. >> Read more

04/04/2015

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