EDBs (aka eating disorder behaviors)

Most Wednesday mornings I’ll be sharing a watercolor illustration to explain eating disorder recovery, living a fufilling life and/or health in a different way.  I’ve always been a very visual person, and I hope this series will connect with many of you.

Here’s the first… 


  1. I think I’m gonna like this series!
    It makes me so angry when people say they’re eliminating this, that, and the other thing from their diet because of some foolish health reason. COME ON PEOPLE, noooooo – it’s an excuse for your crazy new diet.

  2. Great on the series!  But what a budding artist you are!!! Love it ;)

  3. Love. This. You are SO talented with watercolors, and I just love this visual message!

  4. I LOVE this. I was wondering if you have seen the advertisement for the new Netflix documentary called “To the Bone.” It seems to be very controversial, as it shows realistic aspects of eating disorders but may also encourage eating disorder behaviors to those who are in recovery or struggling with ED thoughts. It comes out July 14th and I would love to hear your thoughts about this topic!

    • Ditto on “To The Bone.” A friend sent me the preview, knowing my history, and I am automatically wary of entertainment media’s portrayal of eating disorders. Especially on the heels of the “13 Reasons” controversy, I am curious to see how it’s received.

    • Hey Paige. I likely won’t be addressing “To the Bone” on the blog bc I don’t want to draw anymore attention to it. I recommend this post by Jennifer Rollin:

      I share many of her concerns on it.

    • While I understand this perspective, I also want to share the same thoughts I had about “13 Reasons Why”. For this series, many were concerned that the series would glamorize and maybe even CAUSE individuals to want to or to consider suicide. This is often a myth with suicide. You can’t cause someone to commit suicide just by talking about suicide. I think the other side of this is that Netflix has created shows that actually get people to talking about these important issues. I think they’re shows for discussion and should be seen as such. This is definitely not to say there isn’t issues with the portrayal of the shows and that there isn’t room for improvement. But I think the very fact that they’re getting others to finally focus on topics that have seemed taboo in the past is also worth recognizing.

  5. LOVE this. I’ll be looking forward to these every Wednesday!

  6. LOVE this series idea!! Excited for more to come!

  7. I love this! After hearing you on the food psych podcast, I started subtley acknowledging eating disordered comments and behaviors by stating EDB to my boyfriend. Your watercoloring makes me want to do something crafty!

  8. I have mixed reactions to this. I teach psychology, so I completely understand cognitive coping strategies and cognitive dissonance that often result in what you call here EDB. I’m just not sure how this is an EDB for every single person. As someone who’s been diagnosed with IBS and a “good luck” diagnosis, it’s probably that I’m super jaded and annoyed with having to cut and then not cut food groups and finding no relief from symptoms. Hopefully this post helps the rest!

    • Hi Brielle. I hear ya! Thanks for your input. Similarly, for someone with Celiac’s of course cutting out gluten wouldn’t be an EDB. I hope you find a dietitian to work with who can help you through your IBS. For my clients, FODMAP has been helpful.

  9. Love love love this series, Kylie. I don’t comment much but I am a frequent reader, and actually, you are the one who constantly reminds and motivates me to take out my water colors! I took them out the other night and made two spontaneous pictures… it was the nicest night I had had in a long time. 

  10. Okay, real talk. This post hit me hard because I actually do suffer from a hormonal imbalance (estrogen dominance + low progesterone) and as a result, I have horrible acne and a minor case of hypothyroidism (which causes mind fog, mood swings, 3pm slumps, etc.). I’m working to regain balance through a holistic program called Flo Living by Alisa Vitti, who encourages limiting or eliminating foods such as coffee, alcohol, dairy, sugar, and white/refined grains for people like me. Which I totally get. These foods have been scientifically proven to mess with our hormones, and omitting them from my diet should technically improve my condition… Right? My mind knows this, but my willpower is a completely different story. I love a glass of Prosecco on the weekends, cheese is my ultimate weakness, and I seriously don’t look forward to my mornings unless coffee is somehow involved. Even before I started the program, though, I felt like I lived a very balanced life—even with these small indulgences. But my hormones continue to suggest otherwise, and I’m starting to wonder if my only chance for reaching peak hormonal health is to adopt a super strict caffeine/alcohol/sugar/dairy-free diet. I love the idea of eating intuitively (and I’m good at it), but what if it’s not enough to cure my condition? Thank you for your thoughts!

    • hmm doesn’t sound like this program with “limiting or eliminating foods such as coffee, alcohol, dairy, sugar, and white/refined grains” is a very sustainable option for you.

      Additionally, I had people reach out and say this post is unfair bc they have been diagnosed with Celiac’s…clearly this isn’t directed at those individuals.

      • Haha, frankly, it doesn’t sound sustainable to me either. Which makes me think I might just always be hormonally imbalanced. It’s just frustrating, is all. :-) I love your mindset on eating and have adopted it in recent months myself. I just wish it was enough to cure me!

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