"You Don't Look Sick"

“The societal pressure that I needed to be a gaunt, walking skeleton to be considered ill needs to shift because eating disorders present in a spectrum of symptoms. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum a person is still worthy and in need of validation and support”.

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Importance of Gratitude and Humility in Recovery

“Gratitude and humility allow us to accept that there will be ups and downs in our recovery and to be grateful for the progress that we have made. Fostering a sense of gratitude in recovery helps reframe negative beliefs and allows us to replace them with healthy and happy thought patterns that can help guide us to make healthier choices in our lives and motivates us to overcome our biggest challenges with disordered eating.”

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The Power of Graduating In Spite of ED

“As someone who was accompanied by ED during all 4 years of college, a diploma signifies more than pushing through late nights writing papers or studying enough for my final exams. It represents surviving late nights sobbing, questioning if I was good enough or strong enough to fight through an eating disorder. It represents powering through challenging meals, even when I felt like I had to compensate for how much I already ate or like I simply didn’t deserve to eat. Graduation day was not just a culmination of the college experience. It was evidence that I am enough and that I can conquer any challenge, including my eating disorder.”

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Coping With Recovery During Vacations

“I have created a list of tips for traveling with an eating disorder, as this can be an extra challenge that not everyone may understand and help out with. I want to acknowledge that we are all unique humans, and that things that work for me may not work for you, and that’s more than okay!”

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Let’s Not Ignore Pain, Let’s Confront It

“Processing my pain hasn’t erased my past, but it has prepared me to face future difficulties with resilience and appreciation. I’ve learned to not let my nutrition expertise as a dietetics student define me so that I can approach food and health with love and not with obsession… Life is not something to get through, it is something to be lived. You don’t need to strive for anything to be your best self, you just need to be.”

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My Recovery Story

“My life has been full of twists, turns, joy, grief & anger and I have been brave enough to ask for help, and to research and seek solutions to my problems, which have lead me down a path, gaining degrees in both Psychology and Acupuncture, so I am able to help others on their life's journey. Learn to love yourself and forgive yourself by remembering that who you are and what you do isn't set in stone, its just what you did at the time to survive.”

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The Messy, Yet Rewarding Process of Recovery

“Recovery is your own journey, it might take time.  It took me awhile to slow down and appreciate just me “being in recovery.” What does that really mean, “being in recovery?” To me it means a state where I may still have eating disorder thoughts and/or behaviors, however I am ready to and working towards changing that. It can be difficult to see the end of the tunnel, but as long as you are walking through the tunnel, the end is there. There is a light and recovery will help guide you.”

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Pride

“I am in recovery because that is what I know I need to do, not only for myself but for that little boy, and for others suffering from eating disorders, especially those in the trans community. Each and every one of us deserves to know that there's more out there than our disorder, that we’re worth so much more than we believe and that we will grow to learn and love and accept ourselves for who we are.”

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Is Your Perfectionism Getting in the Way of Success?

“While society views perfectionism as an admiral trait, individuals who deal with perfectionism on a day-to-day basis know otherwise. Perfectionists often find themselves trapped in their rigid, unrelenting standards and never feeling good enough. I liken this personality trait to a hamster running on a wheel. You are chasing after a desire to feel accomplished/good enough, but you essentially run yourself ragged.”

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Fear Not

“This shame is not yours to carry. Know that these scars are simply part of your story. Fear not, my friend. In whatever season, your story is worth sharing. Fear not, my friend. In the midst of whatever struggle, your life is worth living. Fear not, my friend. A new sunrise is a new day to fight and another day to remember you were not defeated.”

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Recovery through Acceptance and Faith

“To my eating disorder: thank you for trying to tear me down. Without you, I would have never risen above and created a better life for myself. I’ve found that my reason for being here is to dedicate myself to loving and serving others. While you may have stolen 11 years from me, a lifetime of opportunity awaits to love greatly.”

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