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This is me after leaving this morning’s group running session early..  .. to conserve energy for the day ahead,  .. to avoid injury & illness through not over doing it,  .. but mostly because I was no longer enjoying it & the thought of a leisurely stroll through the parklands and a few more chapters of my audiobook was more appealing.  It’s only exercise. If it’s causing you distress, you’re doing it wrong.
Our fingerprints are uniquely ours, just as our bodies are. Body diversity exists, and it's glorious. It's not such a difficult concept to grasp; the fact that our bodies are all as unique and glorious as our fingerprints. 
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The team here at CFIH are wholeheartedly supportive of celebrating ALL bodies for the unique and incredible beings we are. We are committed to creating a brave space where ALL bodies can exist and feel peaceful. We are here to support you to explore your own body story and the glory of being human. We see you. 
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Please take this reminder into your week, and always - Trauma is NEVER your fault. You are not to blame. At all. Trauma is something that we always seem to carry the burden of, yet the responsibility and the burden is never yours. 
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality
Would anyone like to join me in a few rounds of interpretive dance? I mean, my moves aren't great (think writing my name in the air with my butt kind of not great!!) but it could be fun and a great way to diffuse the situation.
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In all seriousness though, coping with diet and weight loss talk can be hard at the best of times, especially if you're in a situation that you're finding it hard to move away from. Here are some small tips to hopefully make situations a little more bearable. 
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I personally like to find a child or a pet if I am at a social gathering - there's something soothing and grounding about spending time with a child who is completely and utterly embodied, as well as animals who are so incredibly healing. 
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What else would you add to this list? 
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality
In reviewing the findings from the ANGI (Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative) study, I found this beautiful quote from one of the main authors, Hunna Watson, describing her experience of working with clients with an eating disorder.  At CFIH we too share this view of our clients (and all individuals with an eating disorder): your vulnerability for illness onset is also one of your superpowers.  We are honoured to walk by your side as you recover from your illness and in doing so, are liberated to share your gifts with the world.
Who else experiences those niggling negative thoughts that tend to want to run at a mile a minute and hijack your brain? Yep! Me too. Sometimes those thoughts will lessen in intensity as the day goes on, and sometimes we're able to get through what we need to in order to feel a sense of freedom from those thoughts. 
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A while back, I started to try to sing my negative thoughts to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. Not only was it ridiculously hard to try to put my thoughts into the melody, but it was actually kind of ridiculous and often made me giggle. This exercise was a circuit breaker - it allowed me enough space to be able to take a breath, re-evaluate and get on with whatever I was doing. Granted, there were some days where it felt like I had the whole philharmonic in my head, and Twinkle Twinkle became an earworm that wouldn't leave for a while, but it's always something that I can go back to. When I found that this wasn't enough of a circuit breaker, I would then know that I'd had to move on to something else - and often that meant just allowing my thoughts to be, without trying to change them, and without judging them. 
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What other melodies could we sing our negative thoughts to? I mean (and I may be showing my age here) but some old school 80's & 90's pop would be pretty great! Just remember that we are not our thoughts. Our thoughts can come and go in waves, sometimes we need a circuit breaker and other times we just need to let our thoughts be. 
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