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:



FAQ= Frequently asked questions

If you need advice about a certain topic then maybe i have already answered it?!

I go by the name Izzy.
I am currently studying and plan to study nutrition and exercise.
I live in Sweden but was born in Ireland and lived there for 10 years.
My hobbies are: Writing, baking, running and working out, watching series, being with friends and having fun!

You can read about my recovery and my story HERE and you can of course look at previous posts as i have pretty much documented everything from 2010 forward :)

If you want to know more about Mando and the treatment i recieved read HERE

  • What are the stages of recovery`? What should i expect?
THIS post answers this

And remeber YOU have to WANT to recover (post)
  • I need to gain weight, but i dont want to, what should i do?
I know its tough to gain weight, but remember you NEED it. Its part of recovery, look at my How to cope with weight gain post. It might be useful.

THIS POST is a masterpost on weight gain and how to cope

  • I dont know how to gain weight?
Here is a post with TIPS TO GAIN WEIGHT and if you are on a budget then THIS post might be helpful.
  • I have a few more kilo and i cant/dont want to gain them? What do i do?
You know you have to gain the weight, your body needs to be a healthy weight.
HERE is a post about when i needed to gain the last few kilos.
Here are some other useful posts to remind and help you to overcome your fear of gaining weight.
  • Im maintainig/gaining weight eating little calories... what to do?
THIS post answers this
  • Im half recovered, what do i do?
You keep fighting. You DONT give up. Dont let go of your goal, keep fighting for freedom.

Half recovered vs. fully recovered
My half recovery

  • How do i stay motivated in recovery?
THIS post can help & THIS post

Here are some motivation posts if you need them.

  • Will the thoughts ever go away?
Yes, read THIS post

  • How do i learn to love myself?
  • Im scared of gaining fat, i want muscle/want to be skinny/want to have a flat stomach.
i think you should read THIS post
  • How did you keep going? When/why did you choose recovery?
You can read about that here: How i kept going & When i choose to recover 

HERE is a post about motivation and inspiration to keep going
HERE is recovery strategies and advice

  • Can i be healthy and still underweight? I feel healthy, but amnt a healthy weight.
The answer to this question is that no, you cant be healthy and be underweight not AFTER an eating disorder anyway. You can read more about it HERE

  • How/what should i eat in recovery? How much?
THIS post talks about calories in recovery
In THIS post ive written about how i eat now (roughly) vs. how i ate in recovery.
You can see my meal plans during recovery HERE

  • How do i recover on my own? Do i need treatment?
Here is a post on HOW TO RECOVER ON YOUR OWN

  • Do you have tips on how to cope at home after inpatient care?
THIS post should help you :)

  • Ive relapsed, Help?

  • Im weight restored, what happens now?
You begin to try to eat intuitavely, to listen to your body, to begin living life again.

  • What happens after recovery?
You begin living life again!!!READ THIS POST or THIS POST
My blog now is pretty much my life after anorexia  :)

  • I count calories, how do i stop?
THIS is a masterpost of posts to help you and THIS POST might help you :) & THIS
How I stopped counting calories

  • What is normal eating?
THIS post might help you :)

  • Do i need to eat even though im not hungry?
If you need to gainweight, then yes. If you are a normal weight and just need to maintain your weight, then maybe not.But it all depends on many factors.

THIS post can help.

  • I am feeling extremely hungry, should i eat or not?
During recovery you can go through a phase of extreme hunger and its good to listen to your body and eat extra then. Its what your body needs.

  • What is intuitive eating? How do you eat intuitavely?
Its all about listening to your body, learning to follow your hunger and fullness feelings.
Here are some links that might help you :)

  • When does the weight distribute? How?
It is different for everyone and i cant answer when, but this is my post about WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION

  • I binged, i dont know what to do?
Stay calm, you WILL be ok. First try to figure out why you binged, that can help solve the problem and stop future binges. Also THIS post might help you.

101 things to do instead of binging
How to stop binge eating
binge eating/trigger foods
Advice & books about binge eating

  • How you ever binge eaten ?
Yes i have, during my half recovery. You can read about it HERE.

  • How do i stop purging?
HERE is a post that answers that
THIS post talks about the consequences of purging which might be good to remember

  • I abuse laxatives... how do i stop?
THIS post might help and please remember that abusing laxatives can permanently mess up your digestive system. 

  • I feel fat, what do i do?
Stay calm, fat is only a feeling. Its not the truth. THIS POST might help you.
Also this one: Why are we so scared of having fat?

THIS post is a masterpost of posts which should help you

  • How to cope with urges/anxiety/guilt?

  • How to cope during bad body image days?/How to cope when feeling fat?

  • How to deal with unsupportive/mean comments in recovery
THIS post answers that

  • Im scared of eating in public, any advice?
HERE is a post :)

  • How do i face fear foods?
You decide to do it, and you go all in. You face your anxiety and fight your ED, because eating chocolate, icecream, burgers etc WONT kill you.

Feeling guilty after eating

  • I eat more than others and i hate it and i compare myself to others. How do i stop?
HERE is a post about eating more than others and why you shouldnt care

  • How do i cope on special occasions?
  • I compare myself with others... how do i stop?
  • I want six pack abs what do i do?
You read THIS POST

  • I over exercise, how do i stop?
You need to learn to rest. To know that it wont kill you not exercising, that it will infact do you GOOD to rest. You are doing more damage constantly exercising than resting.
 I, myself have struggled with over exercising, but HERES HOW I STOPPED

  • I want to exercise, but im not alllowed?
You REST! Your body needs it, read THIS POST if you feel the urge to exercise.

  • How do i find the balance with exercise?
You begin slowly, HERE are some tips on how to begin exercising after recovery and THIS POST is about finding balance between exercise and rest.

  • I self harm? How do i stop?
Ive also self harmed for 3-4 years, so i know how it is. But you need to find another coping method.... self harm isnt helping you. You CAN recover from self harm.

  • When/how do i get my period back?
  • What is Cystic Fibrosis? How does it affect you?
Cystic Fibrosis is a mutation in my genes, it affects my lungs and stomach and can lead to cf realted diabetes, lung transplants etc .
If you want to know more you can READ HERE
If you want to know how it affects my life, READ HERE

  • I feel guilty for what i put my family through. 
THIS post answers this

  • How do i make friends? How can i be social again?
THIS post should help

  • I have low self esteem and feel worthless
You shouldnt feel like this. You ARENT worthless.
THIS post might help you


  1. wowww... there are so many links and posts. you are amazing writing all of this. thank you so much for all your help and advice. thank you.

  2. I was horrified with weight gain and stopped around 52 kg (bmi 18.5) and refused to gain. But it's hard to not eat and gain, many days I eat 200kcals, exercise, that's every day. Now I realise I need to gain more weight... My set point is more like 57 kg, and I thought I was enormous. I think I need to work on body image as well. Thank you so much for helping me see this. <3

  3. Just wanted to say how amazingly helpful and relatable your posts are! I am really sorry but I have emailed you, to ask a few things, I just really need some advice for my situation..... don't worry if you can't reply, it is quite long (being concise is not my strong point.... :) Anyway, thank you for helping and inspiring so many people (including me!)

  4. Hi i was just wondering lately i have been struggling with my recovery from anorexia and have been restricting throughout the day and then late at night like 8pm i realise that i shouldn't have so i start to eat again but i dont know how much i should eat. should i try fit in my whole meal plan before i go to bed? should i just eat what is on my meal plan like just a late snack or should i eat more the next day to make up for it? also if i end up eating too many calories one day then should i eat less the next to balance it out? Thanks for helping out i love all your posts and they are all so helpful! p.s. i hope you are going well :)
    Thanks Laura

  5. Hi sorry i was also wondering if you have any advice on how to stay focused at school when you are constantly thinking about food and things like that. i am finding it really hard at the moment to stay focused and not get distracted by thoughts about food particularly since i also have ADHD. do you have any advice on how to help?
    Thanks Laura