Facing Your Fears in Recovery

Eating disorders are not about the food.  The eating disorder masks deeper, underlying issues.  My eating disorder covered up my personal struggles and directed all of my energy into a limiting dialogue about food, diet, and body size. The good news is we do not have to heal all of our underlying pain to recover from an eating disorder...

 
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“We gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt

Eating disorders are not about the food.  The eating disorder masks deeper, underlying issues.  My eating disorder covered up my personal struggles and directed all of my energy into a limiting dialogue about food, diet, and body size.  The good news is we do not have to heal all of our underlying pain to recover from an eating disorder.  To heal from the eating disorder, we must choose to stop the behaviors regardless of the outcome.  While we are choosing to stop the behaviors, we must armor ourselves with the ability to manage our thoughts, a commitment to love ourselves no matter what, and healthy coping tools.  If we stop the behaviors and manage our thoughts, we are recovered from the eating disorder.

Revealed beneath the mask of the disorder will be the underlying struggles, but the source of the pain will be clearer and more manageable without physical deprivation and obsessions with food.  We have the rest of our lives to learn about ourselves, our emotions, our ego, our Spirit.  We do not need the eating disorder to guide us through self discovery; we do not need the eating disorder to protect us from the world.  As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “We gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”  By stopping the behaviors, we are facing our fears and acting with courage.  Each time we stop the behaviors, we gain more strength, courage, and confidence in our recovery.
 

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