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Ashley Solomon, Psy.D is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, body image, trauma, and serious mental illness.

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Five for Friday :: 22 April 2011

April 22, 2011 2 Comments by Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul

Runners At Mile 17.

As I shared last week, this past weekend was spent in Boston cheering Justin on to an amazing finish in the most exciting marathon in the world. The speed and skill and passion of these runners was absolutely amazing, and my enjoyment of the race was only matched by my excitement over the delicious Italian food in the North End… You Bostonians know how to run and how to eat – two of my favorites! I wanted to say a quick thank you to all of you who offered suggestions on things to do and see in Boston, as well as encouragement and support of my husband. We both truly appreciated it!

As always seems to be the case, catching up after a few days away is tough and can leave you feeling like you need another trip away from it all. Fortunately, I have a weekend at home to take care of myself before heading off to the International Conference on Eating Disorders next week. I’m so thrilled to go take in the sights and smells and warmer temperatures of Miami while attending some great trainings and connecting with other eating disorder professionals. I’ll even be learning more about how technology and the internet impact those struggling with eating issues, a topic that I am fascinated by (imagine that, right?). I’ll be sure to offer a full report.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a few of the posts I’ve rounded up for you this week!


  • I really do try to work hard to diversify the sites I share here, but some just always have amazing content that I have to share! is one of those and this week Sunny Gold shared an excerpt from her new book in which she explains what exactly counts as a binge – a question that I get asked all the time.
  • In the same vein of endlessly important and interesting content, I bring you the awesome list of Body Positive Resources for Girls and Young Women on Already Pretty. If you’re a younger reader, have a daughter, or are just young at heart, you’ll find some amazing gems over there.
  • I urge you to head over to Elephant Journal and check out this fascinating list of 32 unusual ways to bring abundance into our lives. One I love: “Learn to receive.”
  • Remember what I said about being excited for the ICED? One of the major thrills for me will be celebrating Aimee Liu’s launch of her new book, Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives, a collection of reflections on recovery. In this post, she shares some of these reflections.
  • Katie at Health for the Whole Self takes on the topic of the “set point” – the body’s preferred weight range. She shares that she would rather be at peace with her set point than at war with herself. What about you?


Reader Comment of the Week :: Marthe on What poem is inside of you?

I love poetry, but I haven’t really written much of my own. I’m inspired to try though! This poem is inside me today:

The floating river is a volcano
of ashes and fire.
Yet is is all translucent.
How can the river flow
when the waterfall is imminent?
How can it
let go?

You never know
when explosions
will paint the sky red.
Yet it is all floating.
How can the bird know
black from white?
How can it fly
on across the memories?

The heart is ablaze
and the mind is lavish.
But destruction is just
around the corner.
How can you stay
when the nature is at war?
How can I know
which one is me?


p.s. Go read all of the poems that were shared in response to this post. What creative readers!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Be sure to share what wonderful things you’ve read or written this week!


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  1. Sally
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much for the shout-out!
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  2. Marthe
    4 years ago

    Ooooh, thank you so much for featuring me & my poem! Can’t believe it’s one of my first poems ever and it’s already “published”! :D
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