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Temple University's student-run newspaper highlights how weight lifting can be an empowering tool for those recovering from an eating disorder


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The Roots

We are two generations rooted in one wholesome lifestyle. As a mother-daughter team, we are rooted in love, support, and trust. For years, the roots of our relationship have been challenged by a relentless eating disorder rooted in perfectionism, rigidity, and dishonesty. Our roots were brought back to life by our deep desire to give you an intimate look into our journey, from disordered thinking to recovery. On this blog you will find wholesome plant-based recipes, articles focused on balancing your lifestyle mind, body, and spirit, as well as true stories of re-discovering life's beauty. We hope to spark real conversations about eating disorders, a topic often buried but in need of unearthing. We do not make medical claims on our blog, nor do we claim to be experts on the subject of healing eating disorders. We find hope and purpose as a result of sharing our experiences.

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Tracey Borgstrom

Tracey is a registered nurse whose true passions are rooted in guiding people towards healthier, more fulfilled lives. Her daughter's long term journey with an eating disorder has led her to become a certified health coach, and in turn, empower other parents' weathering an eating disorder.

Emma Borgstrom

Emma is a current student at Temple University studying kinesiology and has been certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her long-term battle with an eating disorder has directed her passions towards strengthening others' relationships between food and exercise. She hopes her story of recovery will inspire others to seek a life of abundance.


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June 21, 2019

We’ve all fallen— we’ve all experienced the skinned knees, bruised elbows and hearts to prove it. But rarely do we allow others to see these wounds as they are in the process of healing. This is an intimate process of overcoming hurt and we rarely let others in to see...

June 19, 2019

For so many years, my life has been a great disappearing act. I deprived myself of food and love and recognition, hoping that by doing this, I would not take up too much space. I used to think about indulging in chocolate and the cookies sitting on our kitchen counter,...

February 26, 2019

To those kind enough to be checking in on my blog now and again, I am still here! I am here with a mind full of updates for you and ideas and questions and so many topics in between. I realize that months have passed since the last time I wrote to you from Los Angeles...

October 8, 2018

I am currently writing to you from the airport, on my way to Los Angeles on a trip gifted to me by my own independence and freedom— independence and freedom that was not in my realm of thinking at this time exactly one year ago. This time last year, the only freedom fa...

September 8, 2018

I am currently sitting in a local coffee shop, chai tea in hand, while simultaneously finishing homework I have to complete for my anatomy class. At first glance, this situation would be considered quite ordinary for the typical college student. In fact, I considered i...

August 6, 2018

From the moment I was born, small seemed to be my label. As a full term five-pound baby, my size was comparably smaller to the other newborns in the nursery. At first glance, this may not seem to have any negative connotations, but I grew to hold being small as inferio...

March 28, 2018

For the past week, my nose has been buried in the book, “The Year of Living Danishly,” written by the wildly insightful and passionate Helen Russell. When given the opportunity of a new life in rural Denmark, Russell was confronted by a comforting reality: Denmark, oft...

March 7, 2018

As some of you may have noticed, I always love to include a recipe with most articles I write. Somehow, I always find a way to weave in a meal I ate earlier in the week into one of the articles, in hopes of giving you all a glimpse into my plant-based life. This week,...

February 26, 2018

Walking into my Dad's store one afternoon, I heard him asking a customer, “Did you hear about Emma’s benefit concert for NEDA we held the other weekend?”

“NEDA?” The customer did not seem to recognize the acronym.

“The National Eating Disorder Association," was my D...

January 29, 2018

Today's number is 85. This number has a dual meaning in my life. It is a juxtaposing phrase that represents my life's past ambitions and my life's current goals. It stands as a testimony to both progress and clear indications of mental and physical strength, all the wh...

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