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    HNS Founder Shares Her Thoughts on "Revenge Body"

    HNS Founder Shares Her Thoughts on

    There's this strange notion that when someone is hurting, the best way for them to get revenge is to get "hot" or to attain some type of physical beauty ideal that will make the other person jealous or regret hurting them. 

    HNS Founder Katie Willcox was asked to share on her thoughts with Hello Giggles on the new show Revenge Bod, which is hosted by Khloe Kardashian. Check out the article HERE to see what she had to say!

    Join HNS at Daybreaker LA!

    Come kickstart your morning with us at Daybreaker LA on Thursday January 12, 2016! We'll jump start your day with yoga, dancing, and a special talk on goal setting and new year's resolutions by our very own Katie H.!

    Daybreaker is a morning workout experience like no other! 

    It’s the FIRST party of 2017, and we’re resolved to more love, more mischief (🙊 ) and more sparkly thrills! So don yourselves with all the glimmer, glitz and sequins imaginable and LET’S. GET. FESTIVE. 🎉

    We’ll emanate our brightest hues of happy on the Westside of town while our favorite Unicorn Queen, DJ divaDanielle, sets the dance floor rollicking like it’s her New Year’s resolution. A new year is a new chance to start fresh! This is our moment of renewal where anything seems possible (because it is!), so set those sights high, and let’s kick off the year together!

    -Daybreaker LA

    LINEUP:

    5:30-6:30 am: YOGA

    6:30-8:30am: DANCE PARTY & SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

    There will be free coffee, juices, and breakfast treats! This is a morning party you won't want to miss!

     

    Purchase tickets HERE!

     

     

    Healing & Balance: Charity fundraiser for the National Eating Disorder Association

    Healing & Balance: Charity fundraiser for the National Eating Disorder Association

    We are excited to announce that we will be taking part at NEDA Walk LA to raise awareness and money to support the National Eating Disorders Association, which provides information, education, and resources to millions of people a year who are working towards eating disorder recovery. 

    In order to raise money for this cause, we have two beautiful accessories you can wear as reminders of self-love, balance, and healing, which are available for purchase HERE. $1 of each bracelet will be donated to NEDA!

    You can also join us for the NEDA Walk LA, which will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10am. We have teamed up with Gina of @NourishandEat to take part in this walk with our #GirlGang! 

    To walk with us, you can register and join our team HERE. The password to join is 'stayhomeclub'. We encourage you all to rock our HNS gear as we walk together to raise awareness!

    Details are as follows:

    Walk Venue: Crescent Bay Park
    Walk Location: 2000 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    Walk Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
    Check In Time: 9am
    Opening Ceremony: 10am
    Walk End Time: 11am

    Register HERE

    We hope to see you there!

     

    Holidays, Bodies, and Self-Care: Set Boundaries and Live Your Values

    Holidays, Bodies, and Self-Care: Set Boundaries and Live Your Values

    With the holiday season upon us, many people feel a mix of excitement and dread. The reasons for excitement are clear, while the reasons for dread may not be understood by well-meaning families. Folks who live with weight stigma and those who struggle with an eating disorder (of all shapes and sizes) may struggle through family gatherings, in which societally-approved topics of conversation unfortunately often include judgmental commentary on bodies, weight, and dieting. These conversations can be immensely painful and triggering. They can also threaten to undo therapeutic progress around our commitment to being kind and compassionate with ourselves.

    Good news: you can get through the holiday season with your sanity and your sense of self intact! It’s a great time to set boundaries and live your values. Let’s talk first about setting boundaries. Do some thinking before family get-togethers, about lines you simply don’t want to cross, and are willing to defend. Few want to fuel conflict when the whole family is together, nor be disrespectful of elders in the family, but it’s also absolutely appropriate for you to establish some rules of engagement as they pertain to you and your body. Here are some examples of situations that might arise, and how to establish boundaries:

     Situation                                                                       

    Uncle Ben says, “You look bigger/smaller than last time I saw you!”

     Response

    “Actually, I choose not to make my body size a topic of conversation. How’s your business going?”

    Situation

    Aunt Angela says, “I’m eating another slice of pie. It has so many calories! I’m probably going to put on five pounds this weekend. Who’s going on a diet with me next week?”

    Response

    “I prefer not to talk about calories and weight while enjoying a delicious meal. Let’s talk about what we’re thankful for this year.”

     Situation

    You’re in a fragile place in your own relationship with body and food, and you’re nervous that the experience of sharing a big holiday meal with the whole family will jeopardize the hard work you’ve been doing.

    Response

    Skip the big family gathering. Sure, it would be nice to be able to join everyone and eat without a care in the world, and there might be some eyebrows raised and maybe disappointment expressed in your not joining. But it’s your life. If you’re feeling fragile and aren’t in a place right now to withstand this kind of challenge, sit it out this year. Nourish yourself well that day, spend extra time on compassion, and consider finding a smaller group or one friend to get together with that day. If you so choose, there’s always the next holiday or next year to rejoin everyone.

    The second half of this strategy is living your values. What does that mean? It means knowing what your individual priorities and goals are, and committing to dedicating your time and energies accordingly. No one can dictate to you what your values are. They are unique to you. One of my patients recently told me something so wise. She said that at the beginning of the school year, she almost chose not to try an extracurricular “in service of my anxiety.” However, she pushed through, and it’s become one of the great joys of her daily life.

    When you are deciding how to spend your time over the holidays—whether that’s choosing to go home over school break, attend a family gathering, accommodate the family traditions or make your own new ones—be sure that you choose in line with your values. The patient I mentioned was thinking about skipping out on Thanksgiving activities altogether, because she was so nervous at the prospect of eating the feast in a public setting, with family. However, she realized that if she used binary thinking (either I do Thanksgiving all my family’s way, and that’s not acceptable, or I stay home alone), she would be again doing so in service of her anxiety. Coming back to her values of connectedness, adventure, and independence, she’s chosen to take a road trip with a friend and have a quiet Thanksgiving with her, then see her family the weekend after.

    Check in with your decision-making processes over the holidays: are you holding boundaries? Are you letting fear make your decisions, or are you making choices congruent with your values? Consider this activity: write down your values, and then consult the list when you’re making a decision, to see if the values and the decision align. Here’s a list of values you can look at to help get the wheels turning: http://corevalueslist.com.

    I wish you a joyful, meaningful, mindful holiday season.

     

     

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    Dr. Jen Gaudiani, MD CEDS

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