Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section as i am much quicker at answering there, otherwise you can always send an email:


Wednesday, October 29, 2014


By this point, i am pretty sure i have answered all your questions which you might have...

But i dont have so many post ideas at the moment... feel like ive written about most things. But also im pretty sure i have said i am going to write about a certain topic only to forget about it, so if that has happened to you. Its not that im ignoring your request, its that i have forgotten....

So... if you have any questions ill try my best to answer them. And ill answer them in writing this time :):)
  And dont worry about asking something thats already been asked before... or the same with topics. The topics dont have to be ED related they can be personal/school/family etc

(And i am going to try get around to making a post about some of my favourites i.e movie/books/series etc :))


  1. If you could change your name what would you change it to?
    What years do you think are the best in life, lyk child or adult?
    if you could doanyting in a day and have all the money in the world what would you do?
    whats your favourite thing to wear?

  2. :) izzy, have you done before a post about coping with college/school etc with an ed? This would be so helpful to me at the moment. As you suggested in the email I am thinking about taking a year out, but I am in two minds about this.. I think it would be beneficial to me, but at the same time, I am not so sure if I am "sik enough" to...since I am actually still eating regularly and everything, not restricting or purging or anything..and I can still study - even though it causes me alot of stress.. i still can do it. also, if i take a year out, this would mean that some of my family and friends who i havent told about my ed will find out and think i am very,very sick..which i dont believe i am. I don't know what to do :(

    1. Remember that you are still sick, even if you eat. Its not just about eating... you could eat 2500kcl a day but still be sick because your thoughts arent healthy and neither is your weight. But you could be a normal weight and eat enough food but still not be healthy because your thoughts arent healthy.
      So its not just about food or weight... its about your thoughts. And the fact that you think you arent sick enough is a sign that you are sick.

      Ive written this post:
      But if you want me to write another one i can do that... unless you find the information in that post helpful :)

    2. thank you izzy:) it is a very hard and difficult decision, one which i am really scared about making.. part of me wants it to be made for me. i think i am going to discuss it with my therapist and doctor when I next see them. Though I know of course ultimately it's my decision.:(
      thinking about this today I've come to realise something, I always thought I hated my course and college purely bbecause I just disliked my course and that it didn't suit me..but now I know that sadly it's partly because of my ed that I hate it.
      my concentration is very poor and I often find course work daunting and stressful...again, I used to think this was because I just wasn't good at English anymore, and that I was stupid...but I think now I know the real truth about it all at last.:(
      it is so hard to cope with both college and recovery. i thought now that I am actually trying to recover, this year would be so much easier than the last, when I was very sick and starving myself. But unfortunately it's still very hard, I find. Whereas back then I couldn't study or do work bbecause I was starving or exhausted, now I find I am still stressed and can't concentrate or focus, and I feel as if there is an enormous gap between me and the other students on my course.
      Your earlier post was very helpful Izzy, thank you:) xxxx

  3. Gorgeous photo Izzy! :) x

  4. I know you said you're not so much into partying and stuff, but does Tomorrowland fall into the same category for you - if you know it ofc ? What are the things that are the most successful at freeing your mind, beside your morning walks ? Who would be the one person who inspires/d you the most ? A tricky one - might be weird to answer so just skip it if you want - do you think that if your actual you could meet the you from like 3 years ago, could she show/convince her of the danger she was gonna face and turn things around ?

  5. Hi Izzy,
    I was thinking the other day about your interest in nutrition and how you would like to pursue this when you finish school and was wondering what aspect of nutrition you see yourself focusing on? You have such a good insight into so many areas now! Would you like to work with people with eating disorders or maybe more sports nutrition or perhaps nutrition for people with CF? Or something entirely different? :)

  6. do you have any tips on making friends? i find it hard to move along the social rules, people always have a good first impression of me but i dont really know how to respond to them.. it seems to have worsened after my ED because i was alone for such a long time...

  7. If you work up and your tattoos were gone what would you do?
    if you woke up and couldnt exercise what would you do?

    what would your dream breakfast be?
    who is a celebratiy you wnt to meet?

    would you ever kill someone?
    would you ever date someone for money`?

  8. Hi Izzy,
    I'm actually in the middle of pursuing my goal as a psychologist. I just wanted to ask you what do you actually think about the therapist and what did you actually want from them when you were still sick? Do you want them to be strict or to be supportive? Things like that. I'm thinking of furthering my studies as ED specialist, and your answers will be a great help for me!! I wonder if you can write a post about how an ED specialist should do from your point of view? Thanks!

    1. Ive answered your question in a post now :)

  9. would you want to meet your readers? have you ever met any of your readers? do your family know you blog?

  10. to ruca crese :
    hi!! :) i think that in recovery, what i needed and still need most, is support and wise words from other people who have recovered and gone through similar problems; knowing that I am not the only one, that i can get through it, and solutions/ideas on how to cope are really really helpful... one of the reasons why izzy's blog is so wonderful!! :)

  11. I was wondering if you would be able to write a post about overtraining. I currently am overtrained and am trying to rectify this. My doctor has told me to take the week off and then go back into things slowly and not work out so much. I am finding this really difficult and wonder if you would be able to help. I know that have an exercise addiction which I use as a crutch to allow myself to eat intuitively but I am really struggling at the moment. I am a healthy weight, but I cannot shake the feeling that I have gained weight through overtraining myself- or at least have some pretty serious fluid retention. Will my body go back to how it was? Sorry all the questions, I am just in a bad place just now and I would really appreciate some advice :) xx

  12. What do you think of the paleo diet?

  13. Hi Izzy. I'm new to your blog, but I have to say that you're such a role model to me! Quick question: I've been struggling with an ED for more than a year (I've been trying to recover, though), and have a low bmi. I've been recently feeling pain in my calves and feet, like cramps, usually at night. Do you think this is related to anorexia? If not, what could be the cause of this? Thanks you so much! Hugs from latin american!

    1. Thank you so much :) And im glad you have found my blog. I used to sugger from cramps in my calves before and it was due to a magnesium deficiny for me.... so maybe try see if you can get magnesium tablets. Otherwise it could be a calcium defeciency.... Make sure you are eating enough and taking extra vitamins and minerals and it should help :)
      Also drink enough water - cramps can be because you are dehydrated.

  14. If an actor should play you in a movie about your life, who would it be?

    How do you think your life would have been if you never moved away from Ireland?

    Whats your opinion about dreadlocks?

    Whats on your Christmas wishlist?