Recovery

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

By: 
Karla Mosley, NEDA Ambassador

If you could go back and talk to yourself at the beginning of your recovery journey, what would your wiser self say to your younger self?

Looking back, I have so much compassion for the young woman who was brave enough to seek out recovery from bulimia and binge eating almost 14 years ago. She was sad, and felt so alone despite the beautiful life and friends surrounding her that she was trying to take herself out, numb the hurt, escape the fear...with food.

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

By: 
Laura Porter

When I was in the midst of my eating disorder I was terrified of the dark. I did anything I could to escape from darkness--those uncomfortable feelings of anxiety, deep depression and loneliness. I know what it feels like to live in darkness and feel the hopelessness that comes with feeling lost.

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How Instagram Changed My Recovery

By: 
@nourishandeat

For years, my body didn’t belong to me. It was my disorder’s. Signed and paid for with my own self-hatred; countless hours at the gym on almost zero food; a scrap of paper I kept in my calendar to proudly mark the number of calories I’d burned, far greater than what I’d consumed. My anorexia had had her brittle hands on me for years, and I didn’t want to admit it. She was with me when I tried on wedding dresses, forcing me to choose the one I felt least fat in. She would whisper in my ear every time I bought groceries.

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I’m at Risk for an Eating Disorder...Now What?

By: 
Lauren Smolar, Director of Helpline Services

I took the screening  and it told me I could be at risk for an eating disorder...what do I do now?

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Sweet Girls

By: 
Shannon Kopp

While volunteering at a Los Angeles animal shelter, I met a brindle, ten-month-old pit bull named Sunny. She was very undernourished, and her tail looked like it had been chopped in half and then stomped on in three places. Yet despite her dire circumstances, a joyful energy moved through her. Every time I slipped inside her kennel, she came barreling into my arms and sprawled across my lap—her whole body wagging along with her stub tail.

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The Self-Care Master Post: Ideas, Inspiration & More!

By: 
NEDA Communications Team

Taking time to care for yourself is an important part of recovery from an eating disorder. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation....” With that in mind, we've compiled a master list of ideas, inspiration, tips and tidbits to help you find the kind of self-care that works for you! Take a look and feel free to experiment!

Look at inspiring messages and images online!

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5 Ways to Shut Down Body Bashing This Holiday Season

By: 
Pooja Patel, Proud2Bme Contributor

Originally posted to Proud2Bme.org.

The holidays can be tough! Attempting to juggle the stresses of constantly being surrounded by food and people is A LOT, especially if you struggle with an eating disorder or weight-related issues.

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Turning My Mess Into my Message

By: 
Nikki DuBose

As a little girl, my mother and I would sit on the sofa and watch television together. I remember being fascinated by cosmetic commercials as the supermodels floated across the screen, with seemingly flawless skin and long, flowing hair. I wanted to be apart of that world more than anything, and wondered if there was a place for me there, somehow, someday.

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3 Tips for Coping with Triggers in Eating Disorder Recovery

By: 
Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LGSW

We live in a society where we are inundated with messages that promote diet-culture, the “thin ideal” of female beauty, and serve to glamorize excessive exercise. For individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder, recovering within a cultural climate of unhealthy attitudes towards food and exercise can be tough. However, full recovery and freedom from the food and exercise obsession is entirely possible.

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An Introduction to Nutritional Therapy

By: 
Kira Rakova, Communications Intern

Given the complex nature of eating disorders, they often require a professional team approach. That is, eating disorder recovery requires the combined involvement of professionals, including: registered dieticians, psychiatrists, therapists, and general practitioners. However, many individuals do not understand who registered dieticians are or what role nutritional therapy plays in the recovery process.

So who are Registered Dietitians?

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