Today marks the beginning of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the theme this year is “let’s get real”.
So let’s get real for a minute. I used to believe I would never recover from my eating disorder. I thought it was possible for everyone else except for me and that I would never truly be free from the thoughts that consumed me. I wasn’t sure I would ever be “normal”. But with a lot of support and persistence, I achieved full recovery. Unfortunately, way too many of my peers either lost their fight or continue to struggle or live in quasi recovery.
This is why I don’t stay silent about eating disorders. Because I know how debilitating and deadly they can be and I also know that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible for everyone. You don’t need to settle for “recovered enough”. You can live a life free of negative thoughts about your body and the foods you eat. Food can become just a small part of your life. Don’t settle. There’s so much more to you than this chapter in your life.