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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 :: 30 September 2011

September 30, 2011 2 Comments by Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul


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It’s been rainy, gray, and just overall bleak here, as I know it’s been in much of the eastern half of the United States. Sometimes all the drizzle makes me want to crawl right back under the covers and sometimes it makes me want to go take a long, wet run in the rain and then do lots of fun projects indoors. The former is probably more frequent, so I’m pushing myself this week to take the dreariness and soak it in (no pun intended…). Rainy days are great for things like watching Mad Men episodes, baking delicious goodies, and playing board games. They are also great for catching up on your mandatory reading, and so I’m going to help you out and get you started with some stuff you just have to check out!


  • I just can’t get enough, honestly! In this Word by Word post, Taron at Mind Body Scroll shares how the happiest times in her life have been those in which she’s scaled back. (Ditto.)
  • I hope you haven’t missed Weight Stigma Awareness Week, brainchild of the incredible Binge Eating Disorder Association. I’ve been enthralled with all of the amazing articles and posts about the week! Here’s a great one from Green Mountain Fox Run that teaches us how to fight weight stigma with self-compassion.
  • Speaking of having compassion for yourself, here’s a post from a woman who rocks self-compassion and teaches others to do the same. Mara at Medicinal Marzipan explains how we can learn to take up the space we deserve.
  • So maybe there’s a self-compassion theme here that I didn’t even recognize, because Joy Tanksley is another queen of teaching us to treat ourselves right. She also teaches us how to stop fretting the small stuff (including Facebook!) on her weekly Spark.
  • Finally, Tina at Faith, Fitness, Fun takes on a very big question this week – What can I possibly offer the world? Don’t worry, she won’t leave you hanging!

Reader Comment of the Week :: Autumn on Breaking the silence: Eating disorders in black women

Heh, I saw this as I took a break from writing an article about the exact same problem with Native American women. (Dr. Striegel-Moore published a study earlier this year about American Indian binge eating.) It’s high time that eating disorders stopped being seen as a “white girl problem.” It ties into larger issues about EDs and visibility, like how binge eating isn’t what most people think of with EDs, and how many assume that ED patients look a certain way.

Have a fabulous Friday, and be sure to share with us one fun thing you have on your agenda this weekend!


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  1. Autumn
    4 years ago

    Hey, thanks! I’m so glad that this conversation is happening about EDs and visibility, and I’ll send you a link to my piece when it comes out.
    Autumn recently posted..Beauty Blogosphere 9.30.11


  2. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the link love, Ashley!!! I always feel special when you share something I wrote with other such awesome and inspiring information. :)

    Have a good weekend!
    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun recently posted..“Must-Dos” Or “To-Dos”


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