- Recovery is about enjoying all types of food and not giving them ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels.
- Recovery is about not sticking to your meal plan and being able to enjoy extra treats and snacks with friends.
- Recovery is about not tracking every calorie, every gram of fat, and every step you take each day.
- Recovery is about not planning meals in advance and being able to eat whatever you want.
- Recovery is about being able to enjoy a meal out with friends without having a panic attack over the calories or food.
- Recovery is about being able to enjoy your birthday, Christmas and that late night McDonalds or pizza with friends.
- Recovery is about drinking alcohol without skipping meals to allow the excess calories.
- Recovery is finding exercising and walking relaxing and not just a means to count calories and lose weight.
- Recovery is sleeping in sometimes or not moving from your bed because you don’t have to be on the go all day.
- Recovery is being able to have more energy to hang out with friends and family because you are not always cold or ill.
- Recovery is allowing things to be imperfect.
- Recovery is learning to eat in front of others without feeling that you are being judged.
- Recovery is feeling comfortable outside of treatment so that you can lead a fulfilling life.
- Recovery is accepting a relapse as a challenge to recover stronger.
- Recovery is understanding that an eating disorder does not make you feel safe, nor does the dependency on others.
- Recovery is feeling all sorts of emotions but learning to cope with them.
Recovery in an eating disorder is many things…but overall it is the journey to finding yourself. Recovery is a long process – sometimes there are 2 steps forward and 10 steps back (okay, most of the time), but even through the downpour and the days where you simply can’t get out of bed, you’re one step closer than you were when you were submerged to your illness. Recovery teaches you that nothing is perfect. Emotions are not straight-forward. People are confusing. Plans change. Relapses happen.
Recovery is painful, tiring and emotional. Refeeding causes horrible side effects that leave you ready to give up. Getting every illness under the sun is normal…BUT
Recovery is a process and takes heaps of time. Just because its dark today, doesn’t mean the light won’t rise tomorrow.
You’re beautiful. You’re strong. You’ve survived every bad day to date and that is rather extraordinary!
[inspired by Alice]