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I hope you are having a great time!

2011-10-20T05:14:44.207-04:00

I hope you are having a great time!



Different folks different strokes! I agree with th...

2010-04-04T06:02:35.073-04:00

Different folks different strokes! I agree with the others here, it all depends upon the person.



Thanks so much for your post, and your blog. Milli...

2010-03-27T23:11:21.486-04:00

Thanks so much for your post, and your blog. Millions of Americans are suffering from eating disorders. Silver Hill Hospital has clinicians trained in evaluation, diagnosis and adult and adolescent psychiatric treatment and provides hope for people who may not have been getting the right care. Talking/blogging about mental illness can be extremely helpful not just for yourself, but for others in need. Keep up the good work.



Well written, it is really nice to go back to a pl...

2010-02-21T01:33:17.686-05:00

Well written, it is really nice to go back to a place and remember stuffs. Thanks for sharing them. One day I'll visit Buenos Aires. I wish you the best of luck.

Ritchie
all inclusive vacation



Hi Ai Lu. Just stopping by to see if you had upda...

2010-01-05T00:01:25.830-05:00

Hi Ai Lu. Just stopping by to see if you had updated. Hope all is well and that you had a fantastic start to the new year!

with care,

~ej



Waaaaa...I am addicted. Do you have any clue how t...

2009-09-28T21:18:59.091-04:00

Waaaaa...I am addicted. Do you have any clue how to order them outside of Brazil? I cannot find any sellers near me. Boo.



Enjoy your break! In the meantime, another articl...

2009-07-06T10:26:50.291-04:00

Enjoy your break! In the meantime, another article you might like: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/eating-to-fuel-exercise/?em



I think the larger question has to do with engagin...

2009-07-06T06:12:43.604-04:00

I think the larger question has to do with engaging in anything to an extreme level, which doesn't seem to at the same time allow for balance, which is where I feel the road to peace and health really goes.

I ran for years and years - even after I severed my ACL in a fluke ski accident and running wasn't an option anymore. Fortunately, I stopped short of developing painful arthritis, so I'm lucky. But a number of my friends who engaged in strenuous, punishing exercise - playing volleyball on cement and competitive hockey - are starting to have hip replacements at an age much younger than just normal wearing out would warrant.

I encourage all of you young people to find balance, which does include exercise. Your generation will live longer than the generation before, and you really don't want to wear out. Get calcium while you're young enough for it to count, only get enough sun to absorb vitamin D, learn healthy but not extreme - eating habits. (Remember, it is fuel, but it's also pleasure.) The same goes for exercise.

And as far as looks go, it's true, in France you don't see fat people. But you don't see women who look like wraiths either. The only people running there are Americans.

Have a good summer. I hope you come back in the fall.



Have missed your posts, but glad that you are doin...

2009-07-05T18:57:51.869-04:00

Have missed your posts, but glad that you are doing well. Enjoy the summer months!



I am SO happy for you!

2009-06-14T16:46:22.495-04:00

I am SO happy for you!



Interesting question. I think it depends on the p...

2009-05-31T08:35:07.708-04:00

Interesting question. I think it depends on the person as well. Some are just ultra competetive and really do love performing at that fitness level, others do it for the calorie burn.



I have a friend who competes at a pretty high leve...

2009-05-28T10:29:23.835-04:00

I have a friend who competes at a pretty high level (triathlete), but NOT year-round. To me, she is a great role-model because while she IS extremely fit and very competetive (anyone who can finish an Ironman is pretty awesome to me) she also looks like a "normal" woman. Whatever that means, I know. But what I mean by that is that she has curves and isn't "cut", and she seemingly doesn't care. I've known her now for 8 years or so, and her weight doesn't drop when she is training or not. I also wonder - maybe she is NOT programmed like I am.
Along this same line, I have several very athletic friends (played sports in college), and they don't focus on the weight/get fit aspect of the sport. Maybe it was the sport that they played (tennis, softball, basketball) that did not focus on being faster and "individual" performance but rather a team focus? And maybe it just depends on these women, but I love that they are so healthy about exercise, athletics, food and weight.



One time when I was bemoaning my lack of defined, ...

2009-05-28T01:19:13.432-04:00

One time when I was bemoaning my lack of defined, toned muscles like other girls on my college crew team, my coach told me that some of her best athletes "looked like noodles." I didn't particularly appreciate what that implied about my physique, but I thought it was a good point that the best athletes don't always look like the most fit. In our image obsessed culture we equate what looks strong with what is strong. Likewise, what looks "healthy" so often isn't healthy at all.



Difficult question and really does depend on each ...

2009-05-28T00:39:03.864-04:00

Difficult question and really does depend on each individual. I think for some athletes appearance is thought of more for functional purposes. They think thinner = faster more than equating it with beauty only. I think the beauty aspect is more of an afterthought.

However, at the same time, for some athletes, functionality may be thought of first but with caloric restriction and/or overexercise eventually turn into beauty.

On a side note, every issue of Runner's World seem to be a special "weight loss" issue which is really annoying!



I love your posts about cycling. They're very lyr...

2009-05-27T23:44:37.507-04:00

I love your posts about cycling. They're very lyrical and thought-provoking.

PS verification is "dereisub." Like Shakespeare at warp speed: "Aye, there's the rub."



Thanks so much for sharing your insights on this. ...

2009-05-26T13:22:01.884-04:00

Thanks so much for sharing your insights on this. Exercise addiction is one aspect of recovery that I haven't made much progress in conquering, and it's simply hard to grasp what a healthy relationship with exercise is really like. This post definitely gave me food for thought. It's great to see that you have rediscovered that, definitely a victory to be proud of.



I think it's awesome that you have found exercise ...

2009-05-26T11:28:17.787-04:00

I think it's awesome that you have found exercise you can enjoy healthfully (and I also think it's wise to consider the whole "addiction" thing and make sure your reasons for cycling are all good). I was always really active before my anorexia. Then, exercise became a burden and I haven't really figured out how to incorporate it again without going into OCD mode. I know I like to move my body, and I used to do it without a thought of calories burned. I want to get back to the "fun" of it, and you inspire me that way. Thanks!



Wow -- I am so glad to hear that this post resonat...

2009-05-26T10:09:59.287-04:00

Wow -- I am so glad to hear that this post resonated with the three of you.

Sometimes I feel conflicted when I write about how necessary it has been, for me, to re-establish a relationship with food and exercise, because for a lot of people who have had eating disorders, it seems like a nearly impossible task. Yet I believe that we CAN find new ways of relating to our bodies, to food, and to exercise, without those necessarily being pathological. And it sounds like the three of you are also reaching towards something like that. I look forward to hearing more about it from all of you!



Wonderful post! I remember 10 years ago or so, a f...

2009-05-26T00:41:10.963-04:00

Wonderful post!
I remember 10 years ago or so, a few months after I had experienced my once and only inpatient moment and was seeing my first (and last?) amazing therapist, I had my first massage. She didn't recommend it, but it happened that the massage coincided with that therapeutic moment, and it was such a strange and wonderful thing, to treat my body well, to pamper myself and to have another person's hands running over this body that I myself hated so intensely.
For too long, I think that I was afraid of all that was sensual. I felt greedy, constantly hungry, wanting more in every aspect of my life.
Now, I like activities that let me focus on my body, but in a healthy way. I love the ache in my muscles in bones after hiking, but I equally enjoy the feeling of being outside as I try to take in the views and the sensations that accompany camping and hiking.
And, yes, the paying attention to food. At times, I worry that I pay TOO much attention to food. "Is this another manifestation of the eating disorder?". But it has a different quality, in every way, and I'm embracing the focus on "food" now because much of the current focus has to do with what is fresh, what tastes good to me, what I am craving. Just like the focus on the body is not self-hatred, but on honoring my body, as much as I can at this point.



I wish I could someday write something like this! ...

2009-05-25T17:36:47.531-04:00

I wish I could someday write something like this! I struggle with lack of exercising and feel so disconnected right now, but it is part of my therapy rules. However I enjoyed this beautiful post! I used to run orienteerin and the feeling after good race when I just sat down with the map and recall the route in my head was so incredible.

And the college thing is so common. I have too much friends who are suffering with this "academic disconection". Even though lot of them are medical students, they (we) know perfectly how to cheat and ignore our bodies and minds. But sometimes it seems it is the only way how to survive in med school:(

Senses... i have participated in research about sensation of pain, it was significantly decreased in people with ED. I think I did lot of stress fractures because of it. And than there is the smell thing- I think that during restricting my smell was much more sensitive than now when I am eating properly.

(I am sorry for the messy comment, just random thoughts) Thanks for sharing this!



Ahh, I love that feeling of just being so connecte...

2009-05-25T12:42:10.265-04:00

Ahh, I love that feeling of just being so connected to your body. I find it with yoga, baths, and massages (which reminds me -- I'm due to get a massage soon). I do think there is something about eating disorders and the senses. When I was in full-blown anorexia, I felt starved in multiple ways, cut off from the world, unaware of my body and its perceptions. That's the saddest part of eds in my opinion -- that detachment. I've been thinking lately of doing some kind of dance because, in the confines of my own head, I can dance ;) But, also, I think using my body in that way would make me more conscious and aware.
Cool post. Thanks!



Kristina: Yes, that's it exactly: the joy of disco...

2009-05-25T09:52:47.352-04:00

Kristina:
Yes, that's it exactly: the joy of discovering something that I thought I hated. It is a feeling of expansion, of opening up new possibilities.
Be well,
Ai Lu



I must admit that Tuna Salad is NOT one of my favo...

2009-05-21T09:47:03.411-04:00

I must admit that Tuna Salad is NOT one of my favorite meals, but maybe I just haven't had the right balance?
I do, however, understand the joy (maybe a strong word, but I'll go with it) of finding that you like something that you always thought you did not. I had a recent fling with peanut butter, something that I've never *loved*, although I didn't hate it either. Experimenting with it has been fun and has expanded some breakfast and snack options.



Sounds yummy, Ai Lu! Have a great trip! :)

2009-05-21T00:25:57.667-04:00

Sounds yummy, Ai Lu!

Have a great trip! :)



Ahhh, yay, I can comment now! I was trying to com...

2009-05-16T19:22:00.000-04:00

Ahhh, yay, I can comment now! I was trying to comment yesterday, but Internet Explorer kept freezing up when I clicked on the comment link...

I LOVE muffins! Hmmmm. I haven't had one in a long time, but there shall come a time again soon when I can enjoy them - and my body, too. :)

My favorite used to be almond-poppy seed. Yummy!! I used to get them from my favorite German bakery in town that I worked at many summers ago. (Back then, I'd get them for free every day! I'd eat them for breakfast, and for dessert after dinner with my favorite Earl Grey tea. :) My body still handled gluten fairly well then.)

I also love zucchini muffins. I think I told you ages ago that I'd translate the German recipe I have for you. At this point, alas, I have no idea where that recipe book is... packed away somewhere in a box with all my other things that are being kept in my friend's garage while I am living in my cute little studio. I tried finding it online, but couldn't. One day, though, I will translate it for you and send it to you! Or, better yet, maybe I'll have a chance to make them for you one day, and we can enjoy them together?! :)

hugs to you and much love! Enjoy your summer!

~ej