3 Lessons I Learned in the Early Stages of Eating Disorder Recovery

3 Lessons I Learned in the Early Stages of Eating Disorder Recovery

When finding yourself walking down the road to an Eating Disorder, it is important to realize that you need help, encouragement, and a map to recovery. Recovery can be a difficult process; however, you must first realize within that you need help. Many changes will take place both internally and externally, so having a support and accountability system is key. Changes will be difficult, emotionally straining, but in the end so rewarding. Starting down the path to recovery can be a scary walk, but with the help of others and your own strength, you can survive! Healthy Eating, Support Groups, and accountability can help you cross the finish line into a new healthier lifestyle. The path may be difficult, but the outcome will be so rewarding. You will look back and realize the fight was completely worth the struggle!

Key Points:

  • 1Recovery allowed me to discover the pleasure, joy and camaraderie of food. Recovery opened up my social calendar and helped me repair my friendships. Recovery meant I could go shopping for new clothes that made me feel good about my new, healthy body. Recovery gave me a body that could move and hug and sit down without feeling weak and sore. Recovery gave me a second life, one that I intend to live to the fullest.
  • 2The early stages of ED recovery entail taking everything you know and believe and challenging it with new and terrifying (yet healthy) behaviors. There were many times that I just sat in front of my meal and cried while forcing myself to eat. There were successive days of feeling uncomfortably full and gross. The months I spent gradually restoring my weight were agonizing, to say the least, but…
  • 3Recovering from an eating disorder was the most difficult thing I ever had to do. In those early stages of treatment, I became aware that I was killing myself, yet I was stuck in limbo. What did I love more: myself or my disorder? Coming to terms with my own mortality and the damage I had done to my body and mind was like staring a demon in the eye. In order to face that demon, I needed help, and that’s where my support system, my faith and my will to live came in. Recovery is scary, but most things worth fighting for are.


Recovering from an eating disorder was the most difficult thing I ever had to do. In those early stages of treatment, I became aware that I was killing myself, yet I was stuck in limbo. What did I love more: myself or my disorder? Coming to terms with my own mortality and the damage I had done to my body and mind was like staring a demon in the eye. In order to face that demon, I needed help, and that’s where my support system, my faith and my will to live came in. Recovery is scary, but most things worth fighting for are.

Read the full article at: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/lessons-from-early-stage-of-eating-disorder-recovery

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