Recovery is possible!


This page will inspire you with hope and courage to continue pursuing freedom from your eating disorder. It’s important to hold onto hope and, where possible, to visualise or define your recovery. Having a definition will help give you direction even when the journey is tough.

hillside near the village in morning mist

Recovery is a journey filled with many little steps. Throughout the journey, you may feel like you are in a storm – much like the saying, “when it rains it pours”. But with each courageous step forward, you will edge ever closer towards freedom. And just as there is a rainbow after a storm, so will there be beauty, freedom and joy as you discover life without ED. – Jessica Buchanan

In addition to visualising or defining recovery, it’s really important to start re-defining your body image. Your body is the vehicle to your dreams; it enables you to engage in life! Don’t reduce your worth to a number on the scales. Start challenging your negative body image by reading some positive body image quotes: Positive Body Image quotes * Edited slightly for the purpose of clarity

Here is an understanding of recovery to inspire your journey:

“Being recovered is when the person can accept his or her natural body size and shape and no longer has a self-destructive relationship with food or exercise. When you are recovered, food and weight take proper perspective in your life, and what you weigh is not more important than who you are; in fact, actual numbers are of little or no importance at all. When recovered, you will not compromise your health or betray your soul to look a certain way, wear a certain size, or reach a certain number on the scale. When you are recovered, you do not use eating disorder behaviors to deal with, distract from, or cope with other problems.” Jones & Bartlett,  (2007). “100 Questions & Answers About Eating Disorders,” pg. 164.

 


Inspiration for change

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Recovery, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inspiration for change

Inspiration for change

Regardless of your health and nutritional goals, achieving them and sustaining the changes can be difficult. Setting goals can give us an initial sense of excitement and motivation. But as days go by, the difficulties and barriers to change can become evident, and motivation starts to waver. Tuning into thoughts filled with doubt, can make it hard to continue to stay on track. If health is important to you, then don’t give up. Here are some tips that can help you set realistic health goals and create a healthier lifestyle. Make a plan...

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Recovery is freedom

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Recovery | Comments Off on Recovery is freedom

Recovery is freedom

“Recovery is freedom, and freedom is life. Recovering offers you what the eating disorder deprived you of: it gives you the richness of a full life. Recovery is hard, but fuelling an eating disorder is harder, so challenge yourself to get better, challenge yourself to live a fulsome life, challenge yourself to experience life, challenge the eating disorder and you will discover the freedom you have been searching for.” (from a client who has...

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Changing your Perspective…

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Recovery | 0 comments

Changing your Perspective…

Guest author: the author of this piece is a former client who has recovered “When you first get sick, it’s hard to remember how you lived before. There is no way you could ever imagine how much this illness would hurt, or just how much of your life it would completely consume. It’s like being blindfolded. All you see is the pretty speckles that form in your eyes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel all bruises and bumps from the staircases you fall down, the countless stubbed toes, all those walls you crack your...

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Story of Hope

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Recovery | 0 comments

Story of Hope

Guest author: the author of this piece is a former client who has recovered When I first started my recovery I found it incredibly difficult to gain even a little bit of weight, I felt guilty for eating more, and guilty for ‘bending the truth’ when talking about my fidelity to my meal plan. But I wanted to get better. I was resolved to get better. Although it took a while to realise the only person who was actually capable of making me better was me. I was firm with myself and gradually was able to eat more, even if I wasn’t hungry or didn’t...

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