Supporting a Sibling in Recovery

The impact mental illness has on a family is extraordinary. As parents, we were challenged every day for years as we struggled to understand anorexia, depression, and anxiety and find a way to stop it from destroying our daughter’s life. We had her to protect and, equally as important, her younger brother. He was caught up in the chaos and confusion like the rest of us, and he was only eleven. How could we help him understand what was happening to his big sister when we didn’t fully get it ourselves? Our love for both of them dictated our path moving forward. We decided not to shut him out or protect him from the truth; instead, we chose to do our best to meet his needs, openly communicate what was going on with Julia and include him in her treatment, get him personal counseling so he could ask questions and share his feelings, and always make sure he knew he had our unconditional love and support.

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Vanilla Cupcakes

We love these fluffy vanilla cupcakes so much that they’re our go-to dessert for many birthday celebrations. Topped with homemade cream cheese frosting and sprinkles, they’re a sweet treat!

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Golden Bloggerz Award

A huge thank you to Rachel Duerden for the nomination. Please be sure to check out Rachel’s incredible blog Jasperden Health here. The Golden Bloggerz Award was created by Chris Kosto to motivate and reward all the amazing bloggers who work hard every day to serve their audiences and deserve some recognition.

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Chow Mein

Chow mein, meaning “stir-fried noodles,” is created by pairing crispy vegetables and a scrumptious soy-inspired sauce with tofu, meat, or fish. It’s another delicious Asian dish that’s easy to prepare at home and enjoyed by the whole family on a regular basis.

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Koulourakia

These Greek ribbon-shaped cookies, infused with orange zest and topped with sesame seeds, are traditionally eaten on Easter. Whether you bring them to gatherings or keep them at home, their uniqueness and great taste are bound to please any crowd!

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Matzah Ball Soup

Matzah balls are boiled dumplings used in traditional Jewish matzah ball soup during Passover when unleavened bread is required. Inspired by the German knödel, matzah balls are light and fluffy and served in a broth with vegetables and fresh herbs.

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Coconut Macaroons

These flourless Italian cookies, which were originally made with almond paste, have evolved significantly over time. When coconut replaced the almond paste, they became world-famous, especially for European Jews at Passover. Today, our family enjoys them dipped in chocolate both during the Jewish holidays and as a sweet and nutritious treat to have around the house.

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Intuitive Eating

Many of us have heard the phrase “intuitive eating” before on social media, in conversation, or, if you’re like me, from a dietitian or other nutrition and/or eating disorder specialist. But what exactly does it mean? Simply put, intuitive eating is an evidence-based approach to eating that encourages making food choices without guilt, honoring hunger cues, respecting fullness, and enjoying the pleasure of eating. It was introduced in 1995 by dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch and in eating disorder treatment is considered the “gold standard” and the ultimate goal in recovery.

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