Eating Disorder Recovery is Possible
Eating disorder recovery. I wouldn’t be here without it. It’s been almost 14 years of my recovery from bulimia, anorexia, and orthorexia and I am endlessly grateful to have gotten my life back.
Eating disorders have the 2nd highest mortality rate of any mental health condition (2nd only to opioid use). They are complex biological-psychological-social disorders. They’re spiritual-emotional-connection disorders. 1 in 4 dieters will go on to develop an eating disorder, while most (if arguably not all) will develop disordered eating. We live in a diet culture that values thinness at any cost and praises disordered eating. We praise self-betrayal to achieve cultural definitions of beauty. This culture is deadly, passes on for generations, and keeps us objectified and distracted. Though my message keeps me in the minority in a diet culture obsessed with oppression of certain bodies and people, I refuse to stay quiet on something that matters, life and death matters.
I’ve been able to join @neda for virtual #nedawalk over the last several weeks. Virtual walks are replacing in-person fundraisers and walks (covid19) to raise awareness and funds for eating disorders. Our community of warriors is STRONG, RESILIENT, CONNECTED, and they fight on. Grateful to be a part of it and share that full-recovery from eating disorders is possible. Intuitive eating is our birth-rite and diet culture robs us. Here’s to the revolution of reclaiming our power to TUNE IN, LISTEN, EMBODY, CONNECT, and LIVE MINDFULLY.
My top recovery tips:
Ditch diet mentality
Be honest and use support
Mind-body work to connect
Mindfulness and sitting with discomfort
Learning to feel... deal... & heal
And making sure to self-correct and stay accountable when we slip up because we’re humans and recovery isn’t linear
Love you fam,