Refeeding My Anorexic Child

Helping a loved one get well when they’re ill usually involves doing what you can to help them relieve their discomfort and fight to overcome their illness. You’re working together. This isn’t the case with mental illness. For a teenager with an eating disorder like Julia, wellness and relief from pain were not her endgame when she was in crisis, nor we were in it together. It was so complicated and counterintuitive as a parent and caregiver. I couldn’t understand why anyone would feel compelled to harm themselves. But mental illness sends a different message to the afflicted. It makes everyday living full of conflict. Anorexia, experts say, is the worst of all of them with its high mortality rate and long-term physical damage.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

The fall season really brings out our love of pumpkin and what better way to celebrate that than with our delicious pumpkin chocolate chip bread? We enjoy it so much that we tend to make it all year round.

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Pasta Salad

This easy-to-make dish is great for lunch, dinner, a picnic, or a road trip. It’s the best when summer vegetables and herbs are still available, but we enjoy it in colder weather too.

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Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

Ah, Halloween. Thanks to Julia’s love of all things spooky, our family is always able to get into the celebration—with decorating and baking. This seasonal and vegetarian variation of classic Rice Krispies Treats is equally delicious as it is adorable.

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Tomato Parmesan Soup

This soup is delicious, easy to make, and perfect for a cold autumn day. The parmesan adds a satisfying creaminess to the classic tomato base.

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Drinking Calories

Drinking calories to restore weight is very common in eating disorder treatment. ED patients are often required to eat a high number of calories, and that can be a challenging feat—for both the body and the mind. But liquids go down easier. They take up less room in the stomach. Not to mention that they’re a lot less intimidating than a slice of cake or a piece of pizza, even if the caloric value is similar.

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Strawberry Milkshake

This classic strawberry milkshake with whipped cream and a sprinkling of granola on top is a delicious and nutritious liquid snack that satisfies and energizes. Feel free to substitute the strawberries with your preference of fresh or frozen fruit.

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Tacos

Happy Taco Tuesday! These hard-shell burritos are one of our favorite Mexican dishes. They’re fun to prepare and very versatile with their variety of toppings, sauces, shells, fillings, and spices.

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