Created by Tom and Doris Smeltzer, whose daughter Andrea died at age 19 after 13 months of bulimic behaviors, the Andrea's Voice Foundation is a great place for anyone to go for more information about eating disorders and their treatment. Doris is an amazing speaker/educator, and the resources the foundation provides are particularly helpful for parents and others trying to understand their loved ones' choices.
This site features all the publications sold by Gürze Books, plus blogs from some very notable experts on eating disorders. Gürze Books was founded by Lindsey Hall, an amazing woman who recovered from bulimia and wrote Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery, and Leigh Cohn, Hall's husband who co-authored the book. Hall has also written Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery with Monika Ostroff, and both of those publications were treasured gifts that proved tremendously helpful to me in recovery.
This caring Houston-area therapist has years of experience successfully treating clients eating disorders as they embark on their own, unique journeys of recovery. She believes in full recovery and also specializes in relationship counseling.
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston hosts presentations and offers a plethora of support groups, workshops, and resources for those in recovery from addictions of many kinds. They also advocate publicly for recovery and host educational events for the public. Meetings, special events, and support are available for people with eating disorders as well as those with substance abuse or sexual issues.
The Emily Program deals with eating disorders differently, offering outpatient and inpatient care at multiple warm, welcoming locations near Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth, MN. It treats each person that comes to them as a unique individual and takes into account everyone's personal journey throughout treatment.
The home of Joy Nash, body acceptance advocate and downright fabulous person, this blog features her famous "Fat Rant" videos and more of her perspective on fashion, body image, the media, and living your life instead of making excuses.
First Ourselves was founded by Karly Randolph-Pitman, a woman in recovery from compulsive overeating. She practices abstinence from sugar, but her blogs, speeches, workshops, and entire enterprise are about far more than food. She encourages women to live their most authentic lives and discover how to express themselves through means other than food. Her blog is incredibly helpful, and the other tools on her site are invaluable to those seeking recovery.
The Healthy Weigh is a warm and inviting place to go in the Houston area for nutritional counseling that considers each unique individual and his or her goals. Whether a person simply needs to learn normal portion sizes, needs help adhering to a meal plan, or wants to break free of rigid nutritional constraints, they offer knowledgable, caring support.
Raising the self-esteem of girls everywhere, dynamic self esteem expert Jessica Weiner has recovered from eating disorders and describes her journey in her books and motivating talks around the country. She is a great resource for young girls learning about who they are.
Dr. Anita Johnston's approach to treatment speaks to a woman's soul and explores the ways that storytelling can unlock the door to recovery. Her website and book, Eating in the Light of the Moon, describe how freedom from eating disorders can be achieved by following myth and metaphor to the truth of who we are. This approach has proven especially meaningful and valuable to me. Johnston also founded Ai Pono Hawaii, a center dedicated to the treatment and ongoing recovery of those with eating disorders, and she tours outside of Hawaii regularly, leading profound workshops for many different groups.
MentorCONNECT is a community of people at various stages of recovery from eating disorders. Members who are newer to recovery are matched with those farther along in their journeys, forming mentoring relationships designed to complement therapy and other recovery activities members might be involved with. This community, envisioned by founder Shannon Cutts, fills in a gap that often exists in recovery: the connection of sufferers with people who live the reality of recovery. These relationships can take recovery to the next level.
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) has opened many eyes to the miracle of recovery. The 12 steps and the principles of the OA program are tools anyone can use to recover, but there are many other avenues as well. OA groups are worth a try, and most meetings welcome those with eating disorders of all kinds.
The Houston chapter of Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is very active and has many meetings for those with differing recovery needs. The 12 steps and the principles of the OA program are tools anyone can use to recover, but there are many other avenues as well. OA groups are worth a try, and most meetings welcome those with eating disorders of all kinds.
Ophelia's Place is dear to my heart. This nonprofit, located in Liverpool, NY, opreates in conjunction with The Nutrition Clinic in Elmira, NY, to provide outpatient support for those in recovery from eating disorders. They spread the message of recovery and positive body image by speaking out and working in their community, hosting support groups and conducting awareness events. They also started Cafe at 407, a lovely coffee shop and restaurant that invites the community in for fabulous food and a new conversation about what it means to love our bodies.