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This Is ME

By: Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation

Posted on February 26, 2018

Renfrew's 2018 Eating Disorders Awareness week theme, "This is ME", grew out of our belief that recovery allows for the re-emergence of each individual's authentic or true self, which has been overshadowed by the presence of the eating disorder. We hope that challenging our participants to embrace their true feelings, thoughts and experiences - their own truths - will ignite the spontaneity, creativity and sense of "aliveness" that has been missing from their lives.

Promises of thinness, popularity, health, and beauty fuel our fantasies—fantasies that rarely become reality. At Renfrew, we know that the achievement of external perfection can never take the place of the reality we need to give ourselves: self-respect, self-love, and self-nurturing. It's not easy to give up the adversarial relationship with our bodies and, while being trapped in a cycle of body-bashing may feel familiar, it certainly does not lead to acceptance and appreciation. Breaking that cycle takes a commitment to healing and keeping yourself immersed in an environment that supports your recovery. Renfrew's event for Eating Disorders Awareness week provides that environment.

Join us in moving forward in life by participating in the "This is Me" movement. Embody your true self and experience the harmony of your whole "being" as you cast off the mask of self-judgement and isolation. "It is never too late to be what you were meant to be." (George Eliot, aka Maryann Evans)

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