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Creating a Body Positive World - YouTube

Matt Keck, founder of Cielo House Comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment talks about body image, the influence of media and how to start creating a body positive world.

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Will Addicted Teen Head to Rehab? - YouTube

CEO of Cielo House, Matt Keck, joins Sabrina, Melissa and The Doctors to offer 19-year-old Sabrina a chance to accept treatment for her anorexia and heroin addiction.

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Eating Disorder Treatment for Anorexia and Bulimia - YouTube

Cielo House offers Eating Disorder treatment for adults with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity. Eating Disorder help is just a phone call away. Offering, equine therapy, yoga,mindfulness, and organic farming as part of our residential treatment program, Many people have changed their lives, found inner peace, and overcome their obsession with food and body image at Cielo House. This video tells the story of a woman who overcame eating disorders and addiction and changed her life, showing there is hope for eating disorder recovery.

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Establishing Healthy Patterns
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One of the most difficult aspects of any behavioral change is continuing the behavioral changes once you have made them. This is true of Eating Disorder recovery as well. Once you have made the initial changes in treatment, it can be really hard to implement those changes into your life beyond treatment and establish a healthy pattern that encourages recovery. Here are some pointers for how to establish…

 
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One of the most difficult aspects of any behavioral change is continuing the behavioral changes once you have made them.  This is true of Eating Disorder recovery as well.  Once you have made the initial changes in treatment, it can be really hard to implement those changes into your life beyond treatment and establish a healthy pattern that encourages recovery.  Here are some pointers for how to establish a healthy pattern to give yourself the best shot at making recovery last.

Easy does it

Sometimes we get so excited about the positive changes we are making that we feel we can do anything.   While that feeling of empowerment is helpful, and is often a hard-fought byproduct of the treatment process, it can also get us into trouble if we are not cautious.  After treatment, many people want to jump right back into everything they were doing prior to treatment, but they don’t realize that it was those same conditions that led them into the eating disorder prior to treatment.  Going right back into the same conditions at 100 miles an hour is often a setup for failure.  It is preferable to take things slowly and ease your way back into the life responsibilities and challenges you had before treatment.

Take down your totem pole

It’s important in the post-treatment phase of recovery to take a close look at the things in one’s life and reprioritize where needed.  Sometimes people may find that the job they have is no longer bringing them satisfaction, or somepeople in their lives are not providing the support they need.  Now is a good time to take down the totem pole and rearrange things.  Maybe you need to prioritize spending time with your family over work, or engaging in meaningful relationships over maintaining unfulfilling social acquaintances.  Establishing more desirable conditions in which keep the changes going will increase the probability that they stay that way.

Plan Ahead:

When you are on a roll and making positive behavioral changes, things feel easy.  You don’t have to plan so much and progress just kind of happens naturally.  But that only lasts for a period of time.  At some point life will throw a wrench in the gears, and it is during those times that good planning comes to the rescue.  For example, if you are trying to continue positive changes with your meal plan, you may need to do some pre-emptive shopping that you didn’t have to do when you were in treatment.  You may need to carry around extra snacks, water, coping tools, etc.  You may need to sit down with a calendar and look ahead a few months to identify periods of time in which you are more likely to be stressed out, thrown off your regular schedule or experience changes.  The extent to which you can map out the expected circumstances in your life will help you deal with the unexpected.

Do a little something every day
You might not always be able to adhere so neatly to your anticipated plans, but do a little something no matter what.   View your day like a wheel, and within that wheel there are all the things you have to do and things that are important to you.  Your wheel might look something like this.

 

 

In order for that wheel to roll, all of the areas have to be in place.  Take even one area out and you’ve got a lopsided tire that won’t get you very far.  So even if you are unable to devote the precise amounts of time to each important activity, do just a little bit each day.  For example, today you might not have time to do a volunteer activity, but take a moment and hold a door open for someone, or you could spend a few moments online planning your next volunteer opportunity.  Whatever you do, try not to skimp on sleep, however because that will set you up for a tougher day the next day.  If you are unable to spend time on something, just get some sleep and tell yourself before you go to bed that you will dream about it, that counts too.

Establishing healthy patterns can be difficult because of all the uncertainty and tumult that is part of daily life.  Be flexible and compassionate with yourself, and if you happen to get off track, don’t panic.  Gently redirect your focus and set your intention and you will be able to get yourself back on the path to enacting your new healthy patterns.

Matt Keck, MFT is co-founder and CEO of Cielo House Comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment programs.  He works with clients at all stages of recovery to establish healthy patterns and help them get more of what they want out of their lives.

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The Space In Between
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One year ago, I began treatment at Cielo House. 365 days later, I am a very different person than who I was last year. Day one, I was fresh out of the hospital, and climbing up the stairs for group therapy made my head spin.Today, I can laugh, smile and eat like a “normie.” I can think clearly now that I am no longer in the fog of starvation. There is life in me again. However, I am not completely free…



 

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Our Recovery Rockstar post comes from Sally, who talks about her experience in the space between being in the Eating Disorder and being fully recovered. She reminds us that there is opportunity for growth at every stage of recovery, and all the spaces in between.

One year ago, I began treatment at Cielo House. 365 days later, I am a very different person than who I was last year. Day one, I was fresh out of the hospital, and climbing up the stairs for group therapy made my head spin.Today, I can laugh, smile and eat like a “normie.” I can think clearly now that I am no longer in the fog of starvation. There is life in me again. However, I am not completely free. There is a place between disorder and full recovery where I currently reside. Sometimes it is nice here, things are smooth. Sometimes I want to run sprinting back to my eating disorder. Up and down I go, navigating the space in between.

One of the first things I thought after treatment was “now what?” I had come far enough to know I wanted to recover, but was left with a large void where the eating disorder once resided. What are you supposed to do when you finally let go of something that has been your entire world for eight years? You grieve. You romanticize the disorder. You question whether you were ever really that sick. Whatever happens, there is a void in the space in between.

One thing that I have decided to focus on is gratitude. When the eating disorder calls out my name and the shackles want to come back on, I let my heart, which is now healthy and functioning properly, fill with the feeling of gratefulness. I’m not quite ready to be thankful for myself yet, but I can be thankful for the staff at Cielo House (and Jen!) who invested their time and energy into helping me. This was not a journey I could have gotten through alone. It is not something anyone should have to go through alone. I’m grateful I didn’t. Cielo House showed me there was light beyond the darkness. My therapist has gone above and beyond to build rapport and provide support. Between the two, I have been able to let go. I’ve reached the space in between. Gratitude makes it a whole lot easier to keep moving forward.

If I were able to communicate one thing to myself last year, it would be that the eating disorder wasn’t me, as much as I thought it was. I never really thought I would recover. I never thought I would even want to recover. Yet one year later, I know that there can be so much more. I know that I want so much more than an addiction controlling my life. I know there is so much more I don’t know.

So if I can tell anyone debating starting recovery/treatment anything, it is to give it a year. It may seem like a long time, but imagine a lifetime controlled by an eating disorder. Find something or someone to be grateful for, and let it fill the space where the disorder lives in you. Let yourself have something to be grateful for. Before you decide the disorder is the end all be all, get to the space in between. It may take a year. It may take a lot more. You will be many different things. You will reach a point where you don’t look “sick” but still feel sick. It will pass. You will eventually feel the weight of every feeling, every emotion, every thought the disorder pushed away for you, maybe all at once. It will hurt, but it will pass. The space in between will come. And you know what? Keep pushing forward, it will eventually pass.

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Is losing weight your New Year’s resolution?
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Time magazine reports that the most common New Year’s Resolution people make is to lose weight. As an expert in the field of Eating Disorders, this resolution always makes me cringe a little, because it is known through research and practice that diets can be a trigger or even a direct precursor to an eating disorder. Yet every year, millions of Americans make the annual pledge to lose weight, and it seems like this phenomenon is not going anywhere…



 

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A different look at New Year’s Resolutions

Time magazine reports that the most common New Year’s Resolution people make is to lose weight. As an expert in the field of Eating Disorders, this resolution always makes me cringe a little, because it is known through research and practice that diets can be a trigger or even a direct precursor to an eating disorder. Yet every year, millions of Americans make the annual pledge to lose weight, and it seems like this phenomenon is not going anywhere. So, if you do find yourself in this camp here are some pointers that could help you avoid dangerous pitfalls when it comes to losing weight.

Assess your motivations for wanting to lose weight

There are individuals for whom weight loss is medically indicated. These individuals are experiencing adverse health consequences as a result of their weight, or their weight contributes to other medical conditions, which would be helpful for them to address. But are you in this situation? If not, that doesn’t mean it is necessarily wrong to want to lose weight, but your approach to doing so should be reflective of the severity of need. Rushing to lose weight because you dislike the way you look or desire a different appearance, is not a balanced approach. You will actually be more successful and safe if you take a more moderate approach. Set moderate goals with moderate timeframes. A rule of thumb is that it is generally not advisable to lose more than 1 pound per week unless you are on a medically-supervised, health related weight loss regimen. Stepping on the accelerator too quickly will actually backfire in the long run and lead to an up and down pattern of weight changes called Yo-Yo Dieting.

Losing weight versus losing body fat

Many people confuse the loss of weight with the loss of body fat. They mistakenly believe that they need to lose weight, when their weight is actually within a perfectly acceptable range. It is not weight loss they truly seek, but perhaps improved physical fitness, increased musculature and reduction of body fat, which doesn’t always result in weight loss. Someone can be in excellent physical condition and good health at any number on the scale.A classic example of this is a professional football player, who based simply on body weight would actually be considered obese, but because weight is not a good indicator of health, it doesn’t take into account body constitution and musculature, etc. I challenge most people to beat one of the “obese” athletes in a foot race. Anchoring oneself to an arbitrary number is not only scientifically inaccurate, but can be extremely frustrating as you are working against nature when you don’t really need to.

Go with a pro

Losing weight is no joke. You are forcing your body to go through an unnatural, counterintuitive process, and as I mentioned earlier it can be dangerous. Don’t do this alone. A nutrition professional can help you avoid powerful missteps, such as setting too aggressive a goal or following bad nutritional advice that is floating around out there. You wouldn’t try to perform a surgery or other medical procedure on yourself, would you? The same should be true of losing weight. Not only will your nutrition professional provide you with good guidance for a safe process, they will provide support and accountability, something that it is very difficult to manufacture for oneself.

When it comes to health, aim to gain

Since losing weight has such a seductive appeal in our culture, it is important that we examine it with a careful eye. I would suggest that most people who “want” to lose weight, probably don’t need to, and losing weight is actually a red herring for what is truly important, gaining health. If you are open to changing the wording of your resolution, I highly advise that you make it not about losing weight, but instead“gaining health”. This will open up a variety of pathways to achieving that goal. Sleeping more, being more physically active, spending more time with loved ones, engaging in community or spiritual practices then can all be part of your new year. It will then be a year spent meaningfully engaged in life, not just clinging to a number on a scale for meaning. You will gain so much more than you could ever hope to lose.

Matt Keck, MFT is the Founder and CEO of Cielo House Comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment Centers. With 5 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cielo House works with individuals to find recovery from Eating Disorders at every step of their journey.

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