Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Looking for an Eating Disorders Family/Friends Support Group in BC?

Jessie's Legacy Eating Disorders Support Group:
For parents, partners and caregivers

Support is crucial for everyone involved with an eating disorder: This is a support group for parents and partners who deal with the challenges and struggles of having a family member with an eating disorder. Through this group you can: Share your experiences and ask questions in a supportive environment, Learn that you are not alone in this experience, Gain strength and wisdom from others who have “been there”; and Expand your knowledge of the supports and resources available to you.

Dates: Meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month. Note: no meeting if Monday falls on a holiday.
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Family Services of the North Shore
101 – 255 West 1st Street
North Vancouver, Bc V7M 3G8
Phone: 604-988-5281
Cost: No fee!
Website: www.jessieslegacy.com

Cant make it?  It can be accessed via teleconference to anyone in the Province of BC! 

To register/for more information, call 604-988-5281

Friday, July 19, 2013

Enter our Photography Contest!

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign presents...
love our bodies, love ourselves: Perfect is BORiNG! 

This unique contest invites BC amateur photographers to explore striking images that reflect beauty in imperfections!  Submitted images will be showcased on our
love our bodies, love ourselves blog: www.loveourbodiesloveourselves.blogspot.ca

Contest Theme:  Take images that capture our subtheme Perfect is BORiNG!  and illustrate the beauty in imperfections.  
Who can enter:  Amateur photographers of all ages across BC.
Prizes:  Top 3 winners will receive our official  Perfect is BORiNG!  t-shirt and
love our bodies, love ourselves wristbands!
Submissions:  Email images to pedaw@mail.com by contest deadline August 31st, 2013. Maximum 3 images per person. If you would prefer to keep your name anonymous, please email us your preference for photo credits.
Judging:  Winners will be chosen by the most number of votes judged by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) committee members.
Winners Announced:  Top 3 winners will be posted on 
love our bodies, love ourselves blog on September 9th, 2013 at 12:00pm PST.

Hurry! Submit photos to: pedaw@mail.com
by August 31, 2013!


The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is a BC Province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem. Our mission is to provide an eating disorder prevention approach and resiliency based system of services, workshops, education, and support to people of all ages in BC. The initiative is led by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore in collaboration with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Looking Glass Foundation, St. Paul ’s Specialized Adult Eating Disorder Program, BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program, and Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses.

Disclaimer: By entering this contest, I grant PEDAW the rights to display my photo on all social media platforms, and submit my photo for inclusion of future media materials including newspaper/print/online media. Photos must be taken in the 2013 year. Contest limited to 3 photo entries per person. If you have any questions or concerns, please email pedaw@mail.com

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Your Assignment for the Day...

Similar to what I posted earlier on our Facebook page, here is your assignment for the day: 

Take this picture, print it out, write in your Top 5 Love Your Body Affirmations, and tape it on your bedroom door and/or bathroom wall where you can see it everyday! Here's a few to get you started:
  • My self-worth is not determined by a number on a scale
  • I am more than my appearance
  • I dont want to look like anyone but myself
  • I am perfect and complete just the way I am
  • The size of my jeans do not dictate my happiness
  • My friends/family love me no matter what I look like
  • Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of body
  • I am ____ (list qualities nothing to do with appearance--a good listener, friendly, passionate, etc.)
  • I don't need to compare to others in order to feel good about myself. 
  • My body deserves nutrition to function properly
  • My "flaws" add character
  • I have more important things to do than fight with my body.
  • I accept my genetics.

Have a good Love Your Body Affirmation?  We'd love for you to share it with us in the comments below!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Guest Post: The beautiful Natalie Wilson

I have just started to realize and understand the power of living in the now. I have always been wrapped up in thinking about who I used to be, and who I will become. These thoughts inhibited my ability to fully appreciate and acknowledge where I am right now.

As I was dwelling on what used to be, or worrying about the what if's, I should be's, and when I's, I was losing precious, valuable time of my life, time that could be used to focus on WHAT IS.

What is, is right now. Right now I am taking time to accept what is happening in the very moment I am living.

The mind and body work together and have such a strong connection that it can either achieve greatness, or be deadly. We can wrap ourselves up in a tangled web of emotions so tight we will never be free. We can fight off feelings and thoughts for so long that they no longer exist. We can push our bodies to limits until they are numb and no longer feel.

Not long ago, I fully lost sight of who I am. I literally just existed, went through my days in some what of a blur, never really acknowledging what was going on around me. I no longer had any idea of what I liked, what I wanted, and what was right or wrong. I could not communicate how I was feeling or what I was thinking. My sense of self disappeared. How does one live without taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing?

With self-awareness and practice, I have learned how to live right now. A huge part of this is being mindful. To be able to live and be in the now without judgement...is that possible? It is, but it takes courage, patience, trust, love, confidence and compassion. It means that whether you like it or not, you feel, taste, touch, see and smell. These are things I once took for granted. How wonderful is it to feel the comfort and love of someones hug, taste and savour a meal, smell the ocean, shiver from a cool breeze, see dolphins jumping through waves, or the sun setting after a beautiful day. How happy I am to feel full, feel hungry, feel tired, and feel pain, after my mind and body did not register these for so long.

What helped me was to honour and acknowledge even my smallest examples of success and achievements at that moment. They may be small to some, but important and big for me: expressing how I was feeling, comfortably and confidently saying no, asking for help without feeling like its a burden, falling asleep when I was tired, waking up without an alarm, arriving on time, making a plan, eating when I was hungry and stopping because I was content, but not yet full...

Living in the now means I am being who I am. It means I am constantly learning, failing, succeeding, challenging, and accepting. I feel like each moment is precious and has a purpose. My mind once scattered and unorganized, my body unhealthy and over stimulated, and my spirit lost and broken, is now connected into one whole amazing unit. A balance of mind, body and spirit, firing on all senses, living and loving right now.

The beautiful Natalie Willson is a personal trainer and teaches cardiac rehab classes. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Guest Post: The insightful Tracy Silver!

I have been thinking a lot about gardening lately, and have actually started a garden on the side of my building.

I began growing pumpkins, tomatoes, corn and a variety of other veggies. I am amazed at the entire process: dirt that was just there, dug into with newly bought shovels and freshly painted fingernails. Seeds from past plants scattered in neat little rows, marked with chopsticks (I knew those would come in handy one day!). Little bit of water, little bit of sunshine, and patience...  

Suddenly I see green leaves emerging from the rocks and dirt, fighting their way through the layers of soil with purpose and intent. The plants understand intrinsically what to do: wait for the sun to shine on them, the rain to quench their thirst, and the earth to nourish them.  

I think of myself in relation to the seed. I myself was a seed once, relying on the nourishment of my mother to help me grow and develop. I needed nothing more than the universe, my body, and my mother, all in perfect harmony. This is still part of me, that harmony, that intrinsic knowledge of what is good for me and what my body needs. I feel it when I stretch, when I close my eyes and face the sun, when I drink water, eat a piece of fruit, or hug a friend. I have moments of amazing peace, amazed by the process of life. The beauty of simple things that brings me to tears, feelings of love so deep and pure that I lose my breath, filled with hope and possibility. In those moments, I am the seed. Headed towards the light, bursting forth from the darkness full of life.  

Some days are more challenging than others, more rain that sun, more wind that batters my tender leaves, leaving me vulnerable towards predators. But there is always growth, perseverance against all odds and above all, life. The simple beauty of life lived with purpose, truth and the fundamental oneness with the universe...

Written by the wonderful and very poetic Tracy Silver.