Awkward Conversations You Should Have With Your Doctor

In the past year, I've seen a lot of doctors. PCPs, therapists, psychiatrists, GI specialists, radiologists, anesthesiologists....I've met them all. In fact, I'm even dating one: my boyfriend David will graduate from medical school this May! (I promise this is a coincidence, not a ploy to get free medical care. Though, now that I'm thinking…

My Favorite ED Recovery Accounts

I may have been a blogger first, but Lovely & Lazy was born on Instagram. As a professional social media manager, I have always loved the sense of community on Instagram -- and nowhere exemplifies that more than the eating disorder recovery community. In Fall 2018, I launched The Cozy Counselor on Instagram (@cozycounselor). I…

The Power of Probiotics

Good bacteria, a.k.a. probiotics: they're everywhere, but especially in your gut! As someone with IBS and mental illness, I have witnessed the power of probiotics firsthand. At different points in my life, probiotics have both helped and hurt my digestive health. The right probiotic can make a huge difference - while the wrong one can…

Cozy Candles for Self-Care Junkies

I'll be honest with you: writing about chronic illness and mental health recovery is tough. Recovery is hard enough on its own, but being frank about my journey? Some days, it takes even more out of me than my own recovery. For years, I identified as a lifestyle blogger. Depression and chronic illness robbed me…

How I Turned Social Media Into a Career

In my recovery journey - from both IBS and mental illness - I've witnessed the transformational power of social media firsthand. These days, the world is full of critics bashing social media, claiming it's robbing us of genuine connection or manipulating us with targeted advertising. But I believe social media can be a powerful force…

IBS and Your Menstrual Cycle

Alright folks, I'm only going to say this once: if you're squeamish, click away. This is your last opportunity to GTFO before I say something disgusting. Okay, here goes....when you're on your period, are you sometimes unsure whether you're having an IBS flare or if you've just got cramps? Because sometimes, menstrual cramps feel a…