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!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Recovery advice/lessons in recovery

Lessons In Recovery
1. You have to eat. This is non negotiable.
2. You have to start loving yourself as you are. No trying to mold, shape or conform your body to societies or ED’s ideals.
3. You have to stop punishing yourself with exercise. Exercise can be fun and freeing but not if your soul purpose is to be thinner or burn calories.
4. You have to lose control. Ed is all about control. The only way to be free is to let go and realize that everything will be ok.
5. You have to stop telling your body what to do and let it tell you what to do. The body knows what it needs and wants better than we ever will so Its time we start listing to it instead of ignoring it.
6. It’s ok to rest. You don’t have to be doing something 24/7. You can read a book or take a nap. There is nothing wrong with taking time for yourself.
7. You should not fear food. Fear foods are fears because we have made them that way. If we start to realize that all food is equal and that our body needs a variety of foods to be healthy than there is no reason to fear it anymore.

3 comments:

  1. Dear Izzy,
    In recovery what is best? Food or supplement drinks? I personally am thinking its got to be food - in that surely it is better that you get eating regularly again and your body gets used to dealing with food? I am also thinking that by taking supplement drinks - namely Ensure and Fortijuce - you are putting off having "proper food" and its going to be harder to replace them with food once you are weight restored, because your body has got used to these and therefore not got used to eating again. I realise that these drinks are supposed to be taken with food as well but I can`t help thinking having extra actual food would be better in the long run? I would really like your advice on this. I am in the early stages of recovery and have quite a lot of weight to gain but I can`t help thinking I want to gain it by learning how to eat normally again, not through drinking liquid calories. But at the same time I don`t want to be making as awful mistake. Thank you so much if you have the time to reply to this.

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    1. Hi, Im not Izzy, but I also had to take these supplement drinks, and however much I hated them in the beggining, I have to say that it helped a lot. Especially at the beggining of recovery its extremely hard to judge how much you should eat, and you have to eat so many times, and your stomach is still tiny that you struggke a lot with getting solid food down your throath. Supplement drinks make you feel full as well, but if you drink it in a medium pace, it feels much easier to get those calories in. At the very beggining of recovery, its far more important to get into a better condition, then chosing the right food. After you get a bit better and over the extremely dangerous condition, you can plan your normal food. I for example always drank supplement drinks for morning and night snacks, because at those times, the meals were more frequent, so it was easier to drink than to eat. And now I could get to the stage where I can pick what I eat for snacks, because I know that with the amount of breakfast I eat personally, I need more than just an apple to not get hangry till lunch. If you have a therapist or dietetician or any ozher kind of expert, prove them that you are willing to recover by drinking that liquid and then tell them that you would like whole food, not supplements. Hope this helped somewhat:)tgough Im also curious about other peoples opinion:)

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    2. Thank you so much. This made perfect sense. Maybe I should try the supplement drinks in this initial early stage as I do find it hard going to eat the snacks as well as my meals - and I`ll try what you suggest about having them in the morning and at night too.
      Thankyou xx

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