February is all about Eating Disorder Awareness. In Canada, Eating Disorder Awareness Week runs from February 1 – 7th. In America (and Internationally), it runs from February 25 – March 3. During the month of February here it Libero, we do what we can to share as much content as possible related to eating disorders and recovery.
Libero has been around since 2010, which means we have loads of articles related to eating disorder recovery, which is why I want to share a list of some of our top articles written by those who have lived through various EDs including anorexia, bulimia, and EDNOS.
If you are living with an eating disorder, you’re not alone. I hope these articles show you there is hope for recovery and things do get better!
1. Taking Hunger Back from My Eating Disorder
In this article, Laura shares how an eating disorder changed her relationship with hunger and how, through recovery, she is reshaping it into something healthy.
“Small victories build confidence because they create habitual decision-making patterns. The next time I am sitting in the library and I feel hungry, I will be a bit quicker to choose to go buy some food. I will put less thought into the decision, learn to trust my body, and feed myself naturally and easily without too much thought. I will spend less and less time worrying about food choices and more and more time building relationships, creating ideas, and exploring the wide-open world of possibilities outside of the sandwich or no-sandwich conversation I’ve been swimming in.”
2. When Your Partner Doesn’t Understand Your Eating Disorder
This article is one of the most-viewed on our site. In it, Katy shares her experience being in a relationship with someone who did not attempt to understand her eating disorder or support her in her recovery.
“Thankfully, there are ways to educate your loved ones and a variety of resources to help guide them to being supportive, even if they have no prior experience with eating disorders. While on your journey, it’s also important be sensitive to your loved ones’ emotional state – watching a loved one struggle with an eating disorder is both mentally and emotionally exhausting. If your partner or family member doesn’t seem to understand your eating disorder, please seek guidance and don’t settle for miscommunications and misunderstandings.”
3. Eating Disorders As a Form of Self-Harm
In this article, Jessica shares why eating disorder behaviours are a form of self-harm. She offers some tips for how family and friends can show love to someone struggling with an ED. In addition, Jessica shares her personal experience with an ED and offers encouragement for those who are in eating disorder recovery.
“Thankfully, recovery can help people with eating disorders improve their relationships with themselves in addition to their relationship with food. Today in recovery, I truly believe that I deserve a life of health and happiness. I do not wish to self-harm through restricting or bingeing because I have learned to love and appreciate myself for who I am. I still slip up sometimes, but I always pick myself back up. Through recovery, I have developed a sense of self-respect and a commitment to self-care, and I am incredibly grateful for that.”
4. Personal Accountability: the Greatest Lesson of All
This article made the rounds on Twitter during ED Awareness week in Canada this month. In it, Shelby shares the importance of personal accountability when recovering from an eating disorder. Sharing from her own personal experiences, Shelby offers specific tips for staying accountable to yourself in recovery.
“After this initial setback, I realized personal accountability is what recovery is really all about. Being successfully accountable to a treatment team or even your family is a great first step, but it is not realistic long-term for a happy and independent life. Only when we learn to be mindful, aware, kind, and honorable to our mind and body’s cues, are we truly free.”
5. Embracing a New Body in ED Recovery
In this article, Carissa shares how changes to your body in recovery can be difficult and offers insight and encouragement for those going through a challenging transition during recovery.
“If your body takes a shape your mind does not approve of, return to the truth of who you are — the observer behind it all. Remind yourself there is no “new body” to cope with. There is only your body: the same body you took your first steps in, laughed your first laugh, and loved your first love.”
6. Coping with Food Guilt in Eating Disorder Recovery
In this one, Kirsten discusses a common issue: food guilt. Sharing from her own personal experiences, she offers tips for coping along with reminders that your value is not tied up in the food you eat.
“The only coping strategy I have found to deal with post-meal guilt is to it let go and get focused on something else. I know this can seem tough when all you want to do post-meal is run to the mirror and prove to your mind that your jeans are now too tight, but you must push through. Breathe and sit down to mindfully distract yourself with something you enjoy. Although food guilt feels may never truly dissipate, if you do the work (Intuitive Eating), they will get quieter, less intrusive, and will one day be a mere reminder that food no longer makes you afraid.”
7. Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan
This article from Jessica is another top-viewed article of all time on our site. In it, Jessica shares the importance of being vigilant in order to avoid relapsing while in recovery. She offers a template for a relapse prevention plan that has worked for her. This one is a definite must-read!
“Relapse happens to everyone at some point, so it is nothing to be ashamed of and it does not mean that you are a “failure” at recovery or that full recovery isn’t possible. However, in my opinion it is dangerous to embrace this mindset to the point where relapse seems like it’s not really a big deal, because that may make you less likely to remain vigilant about avoiding relapse.”
I hope this list has offered some valuable resources to aid in your recovery or help you better understand eating disorders. Please help us out by sharing these articles with others, and don’t forget to browse the rest of our site for more eating disorder and mental health articles!
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