What is recovery?


Recovery means different things to different people. It’s a journey that’s unique to the individual, and the goals and aims of recovery will be vastly different from person to person. 

For me, recovery means developing and maintaining a better relationship with food. One that’s away from binging, purging, restricting and fasting. 

It also means finding a better relationship with my body, where I don’t weigh myself multiple times a day or scrutinise my reflection in the mirror.

These things sound so simple yet they’re surprisingly difficult to achieve. 


I have a BMI of 25.6, which puts me as ‘overweight’. For so many years I believed this meant I didn’t deserve recovery. If I wasn’t underweight then I wasn’t ‘sick enough’ to really need help. 

When looking for treatment options I found so much information on weight restoration and how to gain until you’re a healthy BMI, but I didn’t need to gain any weight. 


It’s only recently that I’ve accepted that eating disorders come in many shapes and sizes, whether you’re a size 6 or a size 24, your eating disorder is valid and you are worthy of treatment and recovery. 

I’ll probably post on this blog about my recovery journey a little bit, just to share that side of my life as well as all the happy moments. I’d hate to only show the good and hide the bad. 

I hope you liked this blog, and if you’re currently struggling or know anybody that is, there are people you can talk to. The charity B-eat is a good place to start. 

-Holly

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