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.
“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
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.