We’ve all seen the articles and posts preaching how to get a flat stomach overnight in preparation for the beach/pool the next day. Listing all the “detoxing” foods and beverages you should consume and all the “bad” bloat-inducing foods and beverages you should avoid. Have you done exactly what was recommended and still spent the next day self consciously sucking in your stomach, wearing shirts or cover-ups, posing in certain ways to make yourself look slimmer, or simply not going out at all?
You are not a burden for reaching out for support when you need it. You are not weak for having needs you cannot meet yourself.
You are human and humans require connection.
If you’re struggling, reach out to friends, family, therapists, dietitians, clergy, strangers on the internet, or helplines. You don’t have to be in a crisis to get the help you deserve.
Sunday reminder that you still need to eat even if you barely moved today. Your body requires energy (calories) to carry out the basic functions of life including breathing, pumping blood, digestion, regulating body temperature, and all the other things you don’t control.
You can’t always tell a person has an eating disorder simply by looking at them. And you can’t tell a person has recovered from an eating disorder simply by looking at them.
Your body is not an “after”. You are simply continuing your process of becoming.
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.
Unfortunately sometimes seeking out support online can result in receiving harmful information.
Please remember that what worked for one stranger on the internet may not work for you (or anyone else). Just because Joe cured his depression simply by rubbing his body with coconut oil and chanting underneath the full moon, doesn’t mean that will work for you.