Be the Change You Want to See – By Alex

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We are all models. Yes that’s right. We all have the potential to be positive role models to everyone we ever come into contact with. What a fantastic opportunity.

Someone asked me recently “Do you diet” and I was angry. Not angry at her asking, not angry because she associated me with dieting, but because we live in a society where asking each other such questions is considered normal. For me, she was asking about my mental well-being, but it was ...

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The Locked Door – By Meg

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In the past few weeks I’ve experienced snippets of all the good things life has to offer, and it reinforced the notion of how much this illness makes me miss out on and how much it sacrifices my future. I don’t want this to continue ruining my life. Recently, certain events in people’s lives have really put things into perspective for me. One friend of mine just got married and I had such a lovely time at her wedding. Another ...

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The Creature, By Meg

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Recently I’ve found that truly “outing myself” for what the eating disorder makes me do, and the stupid, ridiculous thoughts it makes me have as a really effective way to fight its hold on me. I don’t think I’ve realised before how powerful mockery and humour can be, even in a therapeutic setting. And when you really think about it, the whole illness is quite funny! For example: why am I scared of a bit of extra cheese? Terrified of ...

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Body Image – Difference is What Makes Us Unique, by Alex

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Eating disorders can be triggered by a number of factors and they’re different for every sufferer. I feel that the media is one of the most unhelpful influences and the mainstream representation of body image can be seriously damaging, particularly for young women. Magazines, adverts, billboards are constantly telling us that we need to look a certain way and imply that if we don’t match this “ideal” body then we are the outsiders in society and need to change our ...

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Float Away

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Living with an eating disorder is mentally exhausting. Its difficult to explain to others what its like to constantly have thoughts about food going round and round in your head, day in, day out, like a broken record. The continuous bombardment of these thoughts and urges completely envelopes you, so much so that it seems you have little space left for anything else. So much so that it feels so much a part of who you are. But this is ...

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You Are Strong – A Summer of Opportunity

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Yes! It’s finally summer! This season brings assurance that you don’t need to take a coat out with you and you may even need your sunglasses, but it also brings a number of challenges. It’s perfectly ok to be anxious about the summer months. Everyday can be a struggle with an eating disorder and there are particular aspects of summer and the summer holidays that can fuel negative thoughts even more. Here are a few examples of things I’ve struggled ...

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The Escalator. By Meg

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I sometimes feel that living with an eating disorder is like being on an escalator going the wrong way. At the beginning, you have unknowingly taken the wrong route, and stepped onto the escalator going in the opposite direction. Although this seems harmless at first, it does not take long to realise you’ve made a terrible mistake and soon feel trapped. You need to find a way to get off, but how? The only way is up.

You desperately try to ...

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Spontaneity: Nothing Bad Will Happen. By Alex

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Disclaimer: This blog talks about food and feelings towards it. Please don’t read if you think you will find this triggering.

One of the ways I cope with my eating difficulties is making sure that I remain in control of what and when I eat; making meal plans, preparing my own lunches and scheduling regular gym visits. Nothing can go wrong if I’m in the driving seat but with a demanding lifestyle, it can be difficult to stick to a routine ...

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I’m still me, I’ve just been absent for a while

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There was a time when I didn’t even know what an eating disorder was, I mean really truly understood. I think the limitations of my understanding went as far as to say you didn’t eat and got really thin. Well even that’s wrong isn’t it? Because eating disorders are not just anorexia. There’s bulimia, binge eating disorder, eating disorders not otherwise specified… and more. Thinking back I can even remember making a joke about anorexia. Sadly now, I can’t imagine ...

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Honesty and Trust

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Health, Honesty and Trust in Recovery

 

No- it’s a negative word. No one really likes the word ‘no’. There’s zero positivity in it. You hardly ever ask a question when you want the answer to be ‘no’.

What do you feel when you hear ‘no’? Frustration? Anger? Disappointment? Upset? ‘No’ is never really a pleasant response to receive.

However, at some point we all have to hear that two-lettered literary let down and in recovery, ...

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