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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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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...

January 20, 2018

To most, clothes are wisps of material carried on our bodies day after day with little thought. They are a pair of jeans thrown on before leaving for school, a jacket buttoned to thwart the chilling cold, or a dress zipped and ready to transition from working in the of...

January 7, 2018

This will be my shortest article to date because I am still failing to search for words that can completely depict my gratitude for last night's fundraiser for the National Eating Disorder Association. 

For the past six years, the two words "eating disorder" have been o...

January 5, 2018

With only five days into the year 2018, it has become quite clear that this will be a year defined by feeling fear, but doing it anyway. This will be a year of quelling past doubts, overriding disbelief, and thwarting needless worries.

One month ago, I envisioned my wor...

December 30, 2017

For me, this time of year is reserved for reflection. Reflection of both the positive and challenging moments that have shaped the past year. 

Three months ago, I woke up each morning to a view of downtown Philadelphia, watching the sunrise over the lofty skys...

December 21, 2017

Dear Emma,

It has been sixty-five days since we brought you home from the hospital to heal from an illness that has taken control of your mind and body over the last six years. I know this because of a meticulous food journal I have kept to track each day you have been...

December 18, 2017

To all of the AMC movie theatre employees reading this post: I openly admit to bypassing your outrageously priced popcorn dripping in intense yellow butter, and smuggling bags of this popcorn into many of your movie showings. 

Nicknamed cracked corn...

December 14, 2017

Everyone who knows me knows that I love to cook. I see food as abundance and pleasure and bliss. I was the mother that encouraged my children to know themselves and to know their bodies. I never forced my children to clear every morsel of food from their plates. They w...

December 8, 2017

During the holiday season, an eating disorder can be the unwelcome guest at the dining room table. Holidays are intended for rejoicing with loved ones and reveling in gratitude, all the while concentrating this joy around indulging in rich foods. When an enormous slice...

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