Spring – The Season of Self Care & Self Love

“Recovery Now”
Eating Distress Recovery Handbook

Click here to avail of your copy today. 365 tips to free yourself from an Eating Distress.

Hello Freedom Fighters and welcome to MTC’s Spring Newsletter,

We have new year, new month, new season and many oppurtunties for new beginnings. Hopefully you have started 2017 with optimism and full of Freedom moments. In this edition we are bringing you some suggestions to keep your optimism going for 2017.

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Training Day for Guidance Counsellors & Teachers
Suicide, Self Harm and Eating Disorders in the School Environment 

At Marino Therapy Centre we see how schools can have a very positive role to play when helping guide someone to full freedom. Having understanding of such a complex issue can save many lives. This condition is a reactions to our society and with society changing so fast we believe it is very important to be updated with how to deal with the forever changing challenges that arise is our schools. As part of ‘Marino Therapy Centre School Initiative Project M.S.I.P.’, our centre is running a Training Day for Teachers and Guidance Counsellors on How to Deal with Suicide, Self Harm and Eating Disorders in the School Environment on Monday 13th March 2017 from 9.30am to 4.00pm.

Understanding Self Harm, Suicide and Eating Disorders
Application of Psycholinguistic Motivational Model
Skills for managing and assessing Self Harm and Suicide
Effective Tools for Dealing with Obesity
How to use Nutrition to Enhance Positive Mental Health
Questions & Answers

Date: Monday 13th March 2017
Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm
Price: €130 (Lunch included)
Venue:  Skylon Hotel, Upper Drumcondra Rd, Dublin 9
Limited places available

To book your place contact our office on 01 857 69 01 or email us at marinotherapycentre@gmail.com

A Crazy Little Thing Called Self-Love 

On February 14th we will have Valentine’s Day, a day where we celebrate love.
Love. What a confusing word. Do we understand the word love? Often we use the word without even realising what its means. When we are recovering from ED it is good to focus on Self-love, and learn how to practice it.
Here is a piece from a recovered Freedom Fighter, sharing what Self Love in Recovery really means.

Click here to read more

New Beginnings

Do you interpret fresh start and new beginnings as pressure and fear of failure? Life is filled with opputunities to start again, to allow ourselves to learn. Pick ourselves up and move on. Give yourself a couple minutes today and listen to our piece on new beginnings and how to look at them in a different light.

Sit Back, Relax and Listen.

New Beginnings

Watch the Video
The Value of Recovery!
Inspired by a Freedom Fighter written by Carer

For a long time I bore witness to,
the condition of behaviours
and the behaviours of condition.

I listened to the I am not good enough,
To the, I can’t do that rebuff.
To the panic attacks and the black outs
To the anger and many shouts
To the, I can’t go out the door
To the self- hatred from her core.

I watched the person I once knew
Take on a persona completely new
A shell of the person she used to be
The beautiful girl was hard to see.
But,….. she was still there, just a little bit lost,
And our journey started at whatever cost,
To re-discover that person who once was,
And build here back up, with a new buzz.

The journey was hard with its ups and downs,
It caused both her and me many frowns,
But, she stuck with the programme to the very end
And now is reaping the benefits with her boyfriend.

To find full freedom was her ultimate goal,
So, one to ones, group, doctor, she did them all.
Continuity was the key to her success
Along with lots of hard work during the process.

But now,…. now she is free, as free as a bird,
She packed her bag for travels with language unheard.
It was language of freedom, of confidence and joy
Of I can do this, I deserve this, life ahoy!

Life is for living in every way
Of being present in each day
Of seeing the beauty that lies all round
From high in the sky to low in the ground.

Life is a gift, so enjoy the unwrapping
Instead of all the stress and flapping
Do whatever it takes to get you through
to full recovery, take the journey for YOU

I am one proud mama, of what she achieved
And know that now, she is safe and believes
That life is worth living, there’s so much to see
And the journey to recovery,……. well the value is plain to me!


How “Recovery Now” can Speed up Recovery

 Recovery Now contains 365 tips for recovering from an Eating Distress. A tip a day to help guide you or your loved one towards Full Freedom. Each day looks at a different topic and a tip on how to make life easier for you when recovering.

“From Recovering to Recovered to Practitioner, I still use Recovery Now to this day”

At the beginning I was very unaware of what was going on with me exactly.  I knew A LOT about Eating Distress, but never applied it to myself. I was only a teenager when my Mam made me aware of “Recovery Now – 365 Tips to Rid Yourself of an Eating Distress”.I was very much in denial at the time, so she told me to ignore the part about Eating Distress on the front page, and just read a tip each day. So I did. I wasn’t fully aware of what I was “recovering” from, but I knew I was sad, lonely and didn’t feel good enough. I had “Recovery Now” beside my bed for 2 years and every single day before I went to school I read a tip. It grounded me, simplified things & thoughts for me, and helped me focus for the day. I was taking each day at a time. From recovering to being recovered, to today, an Eating Distress Practitioner I cannot recommend enough how much Recovery Now can speed up your Recovery. It enhances self discipline and the encourages practising of the theory we learn. Going out and doing recovery, not just talking about it. In any other aspect of my life, when I was learning something, if someone recommended a resource that would help simplify the topic , I would jump at the chance of availing of it.

“Recovery Now “ can be purchased by contacting our office on +353 1 857 69 01 or email marinotherapycentre@gmail.com


What’s the BIG Deal?

When we are in condition and we hear the word “big”, we can sometimes panic, as if someone has entered the room an assaulted us with notions, perceptions, assumptions, fears and distortions. We can freeze, panic, sweat, cry or want to run away. What is the big deal with the word big anyway? It’s not the word that’s the problem, it’s our meaning behind it.

Click here to learn how to minimise the drama in your head around this word


How did we all got so busy?

Sometimes we get so wrapped in busyness that we do not even realise that we do not have time for one another and no time for ourselves. No time to think, reflect or live…
The world will not become a better place if we continue to constantly rush from one task to another. When we are too busy there are often hard hitting consequences. We miss the beauty around us, we miss the oppurtuntiy to collect and witness special moments and memories, and as a result we are often left feeling life is empty and pointless.
Busyness is more destructive than we often realise.

Click here for some suggestions on how to deal with it constructively 


The Importance of Massage and Recovery from Eating Distress

In 1995 the benefits of massage in Eating Distress recovery was academically documented for the first time. The clinical benefits of massage in ED treatment have been documented numerous times to date.  In these studies, clients receiving massages as part of a comprehensive treatment plan showed lower depression scores, lower stress levels and increased dopamine levels, lowering anxiety levels and general improvement in well being as a result. These clients also showed a noticeable improvement in several other psychological and behavioural measures.

Therapeutic massage can be an effective part of a bulimia treatment plan. In one study, adolescent women with bulimia were assigned at random either to receive massage therapy for 5 weeks or be in a control group (not receiving massage therapy). The 24 women receiving massage improved immediately, while the control group did not improve. Women in the massage group were less anxious and depressed right after their initial massages. They also had better scores on the Eating Disorder Inventory, which helps providers assess psychological and behavioural traits in eating disorders.

In short, the research noted that massage alleviates anxiety, depression, eating- disorder symptoms, poor body image and biochemical abnormalities for women diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.
Another research study shows that complementary approach that includes massage therapy benefits eating-disordered patients’ insomnia and constipation (www.massagemag.com/eatingdisorders). That research was conducted by Sierra Tucson, an inpatient behavioural disorder and addiction treatment centre in Tucson, Arizona. Up to 24 million people suffer from an Eating Disorder—anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating— in the U.S., according to The Renfrew Center Foundation, which focuses on prevention and education about Eating Disorders. Most of those people are young women, between the ages of 12 and 20—not the typical massage client.

Benefits of Massage Treatment in Recovery:
Increases awareness of the body and improves body image
Enhances connection between the body and mind
Promotes greater sense of self-worth and enhance sense of well-being
Boost your level of alertness and attention
Helps to boost your body immune system
Reduce stress and anxiety
Ease insomnia
Helps digestion 

The Importance for Self Care for your Hair

A fellow Freedom Fighter explores the importance in taking care of your hair when recovering and how much value it can add when you shift your approach to it slightly.
Read more here

Vitamin B12 and Recovery from ED
Many people with ED suffer from Vitamin B12 deficiency. We often do not realise how severe this condition can be. I would like to share with you few interesting facts.

Click here to learn more



Recipe of the Month


Sweet Potato Shepards Pie

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 25 mins
Cooking time : 30mins gas mark 6 (200C)

460g mince lean beef
3 large Sweeta Potaotes
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 can of kidney beans
10 medium mushrooms, chopped
10 cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 handful of pecans
1 pepper (any colour)

Method :
  1. Get two pots fill, one with water and the other with the coconut oil
  2. Chop up the sweet potatoes and add to water and bring to boil (15-20mins)
  3. Meanwhile, sautee mushrooms,tomatoes,peppers in coconut oil for 3 minutes
  4. Add your mince meat to the sauteed veg.
  5. Then add kidney beans
  6. Cook for 15-20mins until all mince is browned
  7. Check the sweet potatoes with a knife, and when soft enough mash them
  8. Prepare your baking tray by greasing it with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  9. Add your mince and then add your mash to the top
  10. Finish with sprinkling crumbled pecans on top
  11. Cook for 30mins on mark 6
  12. Serve with a side salad & Enjoy :
Holiday Enhancement Therapy (HET) in Lanzarote

Our next HET in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote will be available from 26th October 2017 to 15th November 2017. For more information you can contact the MTC office +353 1 857 6901.

HET can aid a person’s recovery, and help to provide or demonstrate real freedom of both body and mind.  It helps people to open and use more their senses. The aim would be to highlight what living is, what beauty is around them, and most importantly within them, and encourage and promote their own independence to enjoy their holiday, to enjoy living. This in turn will allow them to use this learning, in their own environment, on their return home.  The added bonus is that they can have the benefit and assurance of an Eating Distress Practitioner on hand to continue with recovery, challenge the condition, and to provide hope, and motivation. People can see, in a real situation, recovery in action, not just in theory, in a therapy room. The Eating Distress Practitioner leads by example and assists people to do it for themselves.

What previous HET participants have said :

“It has been the most powerful week in my recovery, even though really emotional! It turned recovery into a special journey. I have been on several programmes abroad and each one I have benefited from immensely, and in ways I am continually learning about myself and about life, appreciating every day and how far I have come and having compassion for myself.  In all areas of life intensity is beneficial because its only logical that the more you put into something the more you will get out of it, so why not use this philosophy for recovery. “

Click here for more details

On another note…

We love the idea of other people contributing to our newsletter and sharing their opinions and insights. Please feel free to submit anything that you feel other people would like to read.  It can be anything from jokes, poetry, tips which have helped you in the past, your comments or if you just want to let off some steam, anything of interest would be greatly appreciated as we have noticed that every person who walks through MTC doors is multi-talented so go on, put those gifts to use. Simply email us at marinotherapycentre@gmail.com


Groups Meetings in Marino Therapy Centre:

Tuesdays: 7.30-9.00pm – Sufferers only
Saturdays: 10.30am – 12. 00pm – Carers & Sufferers

**From 26th April 2016 All Tuesday Groups will run from 7.30pm-9.00pm**

Groups in Limerick:
For further information contact Eating Distress practitioner Catherine O Grady at 086 195 3537
or visit www.nirvanatherapycentre.com

Dare to Live
Visit http://daretolivesos.blogspot.ie/  for lots of interesting and helpful recovery articles from people who have personal experiences surviving suicide.