To introduce her, this post is from the BEAUTIFUL Alison at Sweetly Petite. She’s the far girl on the right. Her blog just pours out Jesus and compassion for those struggling with eating disorders, and she agreed to share with the readers here and encourage them in the journey!!! Go read her blog… PROMPTLY. After you’re finished with this post.
Hi everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Alison over at Sweetly Petite. I am honored to be guest posting for Emily. Have you all read Beauty in Christ yet? Emily was so kind to reach out to me about six months ago and send me a copy of her book. She is the sweetest. She and I discussed what kind of post would be beneficial for you lovely readers. We came to the decision that “taking that initial step” towards recovery would be perfect because it is near and dear to our hearts.
I suffered from an eating disorder many years ago. I still struggle to this day, however, these days are so much brighter because I chose to recover from anorexia. Choosing recovery is the second best thing I have ever done in my life (second to accepting Christ into my life). Choosing recovery is hard. When you are in the midst of an eating disorder, your brain is deprived of nutrients and it becomes extremely difficult for you to think rationally. That is what happened with me. I didn’t choose recovery willingly. I chose because it was either life or death. Death is an all too real consequence of eating disorders and that is why anyone struggling from ED needs to pursue recovery.
Choosing recovery means choosing life. Taking that step into the right direction can be daunting, but I can assure you that it is worth it.
Please remember that you don’t have to do it alone – There are a ton of resources out there for people in recovery. I know it can seem scary/embarrasing/etc. on telling loved ones of your illness, but I highly encourage you to do so. My mother has been my rock since day one. She helped me find others that could help me on this journey also. Look for counselors that specialize in eating disorders as well as nutritionists. Having a compassionate counselor is worth their weight in gold.
One very helpful website is the National Eating Disorder Association. There, you can get information and support from those who know exactly what you are going through. There is also a help hotline that you can call if you are ever in need for some support.
You are worth recovery. No matter what you have done or what you will do, you deserve to have a full life filled with energy and love.
I didn’t think I deserved recovery. Who was I to be happy? ED’s voice spews nasty comments and lies. Do not listen to it. With each bite, challenge, and tear, that voice gets quieter and quieter.
I finally realized that God has blessed me with the breath of life and a body to do amazing things. For 1 John 3:1 says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” You are a child of God. As a child of the one who created the world, you are so incredibly loved.
If you need a sign to recover, this is your sign. This is the time to recover. Take a deep breath and take a leap of faith because you, dear one, are beautifully and wonderfully made.
Questions from Emily:
If you are on the road to recovery, what was the thing that set it off? Was it a conversation, a thought, a verse from the Bible? 🙂 Share below if you’re comfortable. I’d love to hear your stories.