Befriending Our Parts in Eating Disorder Recovery with Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) revolves around the idea that all of us have many “parts” or inner personalities, and that each part has its own individual way of handling various situations to manage the system (ourselves) as a whole, often in well-meaning but self-destructive ways. Through the power of a processes called Self-leadership and showing compassionate curiosity toward our parts, we are able to relate to and understand what each of our parts really needs, so that we can heal as a whole.

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Marcella Cox
Understanding the Power of Your Words

Words and the stories you tell yourself have the greatest power over the way you view yourself — above anyone or anything else — which is why you must take great care to nourish yourself with words and thoughts that serve you instead of harm you.

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Marcella Cox
How Fierce Self-Compassion Can Support Self-Care

While many people associate self-compassion with its gentler and softer side, rest assured, self-compassion can be strong and fierce as well, protecting you as a mother bear protects her cub. Learn more about the importance of fierce compassion and how use it while practicing self-care.

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Marcella Cox
Why Embodiment is Key for Eating Disorder Recovery

The body is one of our greatest sources of wisdom, but as our sense of embodiment becomes more disturbed, we start living, in a way, apart from our bodies, which in turn leads to harmful practices such as disordered eating. The key to eating disorder recovery is to rediscover your sense of embodiment. Because every time you listen to your body’s signals and respond appropriately, you build trust with your body strengthening confidence in yourself.

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Marcella Cox
4 Ways Intuitive Eating is Self-Compassionate

We need to be kinder to ourselves, especially when it comes to what we eat and drink. We may think enforcing rules surrounding food is the way to maintain control, but really it only perpetuates our feelings of anxiety and inadequacy. Intuitive eating on the other hand involves listening to your body’s natural wisdom to guide your food and drink choices, and is a compassionate approach to nourishing your body.


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Marcella Cox
Three Ways to Practice Kindness on Your Road to Recovery

The road to recovery is usually a long, nonlinear one that can sometimes feel like it’s a never-ending journey. By having patience and making room in your life to practice kindness day by day when you’re experiencing difficulty as you recover, you will discover a different way to be with your emotional pain and to motivate yourself with compassion.

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Marcella Cox
Make Peace With Your Body Through Intuitive Eating

We live in a culture that provides countless ways to question our worth and few ways to trust and love ourselves, including with our food. To overcome all these confusing messages about what and how much to eat, we can become intuitive eaters, which empowers you to listen to the natural cues of your body to determine when and what to eat, and enables you to make peace with food, your body, and yourself.

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Healing Body-Image Disturbance Through Yin Yoga

Body image disturbance is one of the hardest challenges to overcome in eating disorder recovery. Not only is it one of the most difficult issues to treat, but also it is usually the last hurdle to be overcome during eating disorder recovery. Yin yoga offers an accessible entry into allowing a different experience of one’s body.

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Marcella Cox
Abundance, Letting Go, and Being Enough

Through the years I have found that how we approach or handle one aspect of our lives can reflect how we approach other areas of our lives. So if this fear about not having enough or not being enough has you cluttering up your closet, how is it affecting the way you eat? 

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Marcella Cox