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:


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Life update!

Hello and good afternoon :)

First off i am glad to see that you are all interacting with one another in the comment section and giving advice and help even if i have had the time to do that recently. Its like a little community where we all support one another which i love!! Of course please remember to not be hypocritical when giving advice... one of the things i have learnt from blogging is to not give advice which maybe you dont follow yourself. I.e dont tell others to eat more and recover if you can't do it yourself... its much easier to give advice than to follow it yourself, but its just a little reminder incase anyone needed it!!

In all honesty, i cant remember when i blogged last.... my days have been so filled up and i havent even had the time to schedule posts. But thats how i want life to be.... i want to live life, not just sit and write about it!

My days are filled up with school work - as usual. I did my test on Thursday, followed by some *post test* celebration and sitting in the sun with friends and a glass of wine. And then on Friday it was group work followed by work until 9pm at a store. Then on Saturday morning i was woken up by a phone call asking if i wanted to work, and in my tired state i of course said yes and then when i checked where the store was i realised i had to leave in 20 minutes to be there in time, so it was just to get dressed pack my work clothes and throw some bananas in my bag and leave haha. It was a long day at work followed by meeting some friends and going to a roof top bar before we began trying to find a place to eat. When we were looking for a place to eat it was nice to not even think about having to go somewhere that was just vegan/vegetarian, instead just following with the others and knowing that i would make the best of the situation and worst case scenario i would just eat when i got home. Like mentioned so many times, i dont let the fact that im vegan stop me from socializing, even there is nothing i can eat whether its at a party or a restaurant i still go just to be social. First we went to a grill bar and there were 3 dishes on the menu that were marked vegan which i thought was awesome, however the prices were a little too high for 4 students so instead we decided to find another place. The next place we went to had nothing vegan at all, not even a salad where i could ask for the chicken to be taken away because then there was also sauce and parmesan and i would be left with just salad leaves. But instead i got creative and even if the extra dishes (for the main courses) werent actually on order i was able to order 3 side dishes (roast potatoes, salad and roasted root fruits) and create a filling and delicious dinner!! If you are vegan DONT be scared to ask for side dishes or to change different items in a dish if necessary, you are not an inconvenience and dont be worried about what your friends/family/whoever you are with thinks or says either. If you are paying for your food you might as well get what you want/can eat!!

Anyway, i finally got home 22.45 and i had left the house at 8.20am, so it was a very long but fun day! After 2 days of work - where it has just been unpacking and stacking the products, my body feels like it has been run over by a truck, hahah. Not to mention my feet hurt like crazy... i can understand why people who work in stores and do alot of movemovement for 6-8 hours everyday dont workout in their freetime... i mean not even I feel like working out before or after my 7-8 hour work shifts.

One thing i must say though is that i do love my work... its crazy but i do like working in stores. I dont mind sitting at the cashier, and its crazy how quickly it all came back to me. All the different codes and how to work the cashier (well, there was a few moments of panic when the queue was piling up and i was alone at the cashier and i couldnt find one of the right buttons hahah, but i found it and it all worked out fine!!). And i also like working with unpacking items and stacking them.... its a little therapeutic to do and just not think, not to mention the perfectionist in me likes when the products are in order and are all filled up! I dont want to work in a store forever but i do like it alot. I like feeling productive, i like using my body and like meeting and talking to people even if there are a few *bad eggs* at times hahahah. So working is something i enjoy doing which is how it should feel! Now its just to find a good balance between school and work for the next 3 weeks as i still have school assignments and lecture to go to!!

Anyway, a very long life update but im living life and enjoying life and trying to get some time out in the sun when possible!! And im looking forward to summer and a break from school in 3 weeks time!!

Still trying to make time to eat nuritrious meals!!


  1. I'm glad to hear you're doing well and it's good that you've been very busy even though I have missed more regular posts haha. This post has made me miss my old job :( I had just got a retail sales assistant jobs for a month before I went into hospital (with e.d.) so I ended up quitting because I didn't just want to be on sick leave for ages and felt like I wanted a fresh start afterwards anyway. And now it's several months later and I'm recovered and ready for a job and I applied to two last week but both got turned down... I really hope I'll be able to find something because even though I'm only a 17 year old student and I don't necessarily need a job I love the positive satisfication feeling it gives.

  2. Hi Izzy! First off, I love your blog and I am very happy to see that you are living your life:) just wondering at which age you started working and earning money? Was it only last summer? And when do you feel like you completely recovered from your ed? I am just curious I hope they are not too personal:) thanks for being so brave and sharing your story online <3

  3. Hey, just wanted to share that Guiness draft beer went vegan recently :)

    1. haha i saw that! Ive never liked Guinness though, even if im irish! But its great for those that do like Guinness but are vegan.... theres even a new blue wine that is vegan though apparently that tastes awful, but i might try it anyway!

      I love that so many new vegan products are being sold or some recipes are being changed to a vegan recipe!!

  4. I have started making my "own" curries when we get a takeaway. O n the menu it lists additional veg you can have added to the main dishes if you wish so what I have been doing is ordering a curry made up of a selection of these veggies. Had a great okra and chickpea curry last time! Also places will often provide a side dish in main meal portions if you ask them.
    You are right, there is a way around having a different diet and it doesn't have to stop you from taking part/socializing - yu just have to be creative sometimes!

  5. So happy to hear from you and that your life is going well! Are you staying on in Gothenburg for the summer when your classes end or are you going back home again?