Tuesday, 02 February 2016

"Purpose in the Pain" (By: Maci Hughlett)

You have or have had an eating disorder for a reason and the purpose is beautiful beyond all imagination.

Eating disorders are as ugly as it can get and the very idea of walking through this valley is a taboo subject in most cultural settings. The world does not want to know the truth of the reality we all live in: eating disorders exist and we need help. So how can an eating disorder be beautiful if it is thrown under the rug at a mere thought of the subject?

While struggling with disordered eating in recent years, a search for beauty and acceptance was a driving force in this personal struggle. There was little hope left in my eyes in the thick of the disorder but one thing did remain: purpose. Eating disorders tear away at the very being of a person and the monstrous gripping of the disorder take over one’s complete thought process. Though you may not feel it, your purpose is still there. And if your life purpose is one of the only blessing from Above incapable of being stolen from you, beauty flows from the very disorder itself.

Purpose is not an end goal. Purpose is a continual blessing of being right where you are, and when you do get to go forward, using the lessons from the past to aid others in the future. Your purpose will in turn help others who are going through struggles themselves as part of accomplishing their purposes in life. Part of the beautiful reason you were put here on this earth is to fight this battle of an eating disorder and pushing forward to the upward goal. Your eating disorder is a beautiful blessing because it is your purpose that is fighting to overcome – and that, my dear, is quite incredible.

About the Author

Maci Hughlett is a girl on a mission. She loves Jesus, coffee, books, hiking, and sees everything as an adventure. Maci is studying at Johnson University with a double major in Bible & Theology and Human Services – Counseling. She is up for doing anything in life that will help people see the light and would love to use her testimony for the good of others. Maci is a Tennessee native, growing up in Knoxville and is always making trips up to Nashville to visit family. She has found recovery from a bulimia twice and plans to stand strong against any future temptation to fall into the food trap once more. Family, friends, and her local church have been such a blessing in her life, especially on the road of recovery and she cannot thank them enough. Blessings!


Posted on 02/02/2016 1:36 PM by Maci Hughlett

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

"Qualities of an ED-Recovery Friendly Yoga Class" (By: Nephie Snider)

I'm will not lie to you. Not all yoga classes are going to help you recover from your eating disorder. Some yoga classes may even make your recovery all the more difficult.

As a yoga student, yoga instructor, and recovered bulimic, I believe that yoga can be a phenomenal tool in recovery from an eating disorder. Yoga may even be the biggest reason I recovered so fast and so fully from PTSD and Bulimia Nervosa. However, not all styles of yoga are helpful to people in recovery from eating disorders—some are even harmful.

I have tried more styles of yoga than I can count on my two hands. Some of these styles are incredibly helpful in recovery and some (intentionally or unintentionally) fuel the thoughts, behaviors, and environment that support the maintenance and development of disordered eating. Below is my list of guidelines for a yoga class that supports recovery form an eating disorder.

Qualities of an ED-Recovery Friendly Yoga Class:

1. The class has no mirrors

2. The class is unheated

3. The class is gentle and slower-paced

4. The students in the class have many different types of bodies

5. The class, studio, and teacher do not promote juice cleanses, detox diets, or fasts

6. The class and the instructor emphasizes your internal comfort over the pose's external appearance and gives you the time and space to move freely or skip poses

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO WALK OUT OF A YOGA CLASS. Your health is more important than any class or any amount of money you spent on it. I am granting you complete and total permission to leave ANY class for ANY reason.

If you ever need to walk out, know that you aren't alone. I have had to walk out of classes before. At the time, it was really hard to do. I spent a while just trying to deal with the class even though it was hurting me. I was worried I would get called out or that the instructor's feelings would be hurt or that other students' would judge me. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore and I walked out. I knew I had to do it for my health. Now, I am not bothered when any student needs to leave or step out because I know they are doing what is best for them. I have gotten to know many instructors and they feel similarly. A good instructor will respect and not draw attention to your decision to leave.

Further discussion is welcomed at

About the Author

Nephie believes that movement is a celebration of life! As a certified yoga and fitness instructor, she teaches zumba, barre, and yoga classes in Nashville, TN. She also offers private yoga lessons. For more information (and to access awesome free content), please see visit Nephie's website:

Posted on 01/26/2016 3:03 PM by Nephie Snider

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