I struggled with disordered eating from the time I was 17 until I was 23 years old. No one knew. Not even my family. I struggled with over-eating, undereating and depression. I felt shame, I felt empty and I felt alone. I felt uncomfortable in my own body, I felt unworthy, I felt helpless. I felt a hole in my soul.

I made a choice in my life to look at my so-called weaknesses and issues and use them as teachers. My path to healing was full of obstacles. I choose to call these obstacles opportunities because they led me to the best health of my life. They led me to a light, healthy, vibrant outlook and body.

There were three key things that helped me move through my disordered eating and make peace with my plate. These things saved me, and I want to pass them along to you. I think you might find these tips important even if you don’t struggle with an eating disorder; maybe you know someone who does.

1. Lean in to it.

By this I mean really feel it. When you’re about to go on a feeding frenzy, starving and restricting yourself, or heading to the bathroom to purge, stop for just one second. Usually when we’re feeling the pull to restrict or gorge, we're avoiding a feeling that we probably don’t want to feel because it’s so big and painful.

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Stop. Breathe. See if you can tap into whatever that feeling is for you. Once you start to notice the feelings that come before the storm, I think you’ll begin to see a pattern. The next tip is what will help you let go of that story and move though those delicate feelings.

2. Listen to your self-talk.

I really wanted to heal; I didn’t want to be a slave to my ego. I realized my self-talk was hateful. I began to use awareness and meditation as tools to help me change my patterns and thoughts about my body and food. I found that when I was in the moment and connected to my heart, I didn’t have any problems with eating. I valued my soul, not just my body and external looks. When I was present with the here and now, I saw myself as beautiful, I saw myself as love.

3. Eat real food.

Raw, fresh, organic food changed my life. When I started eating a diet that was high in plant-based foods, things shifted for me. When you eat a clean diet, often your body and mind begin to cleanse as well. I felt so light and happy. My body regulated its weight naturally. I didn’t even think about it. I felt peace for the first time in a long time.

Those were the three key things that helped me lean in and ultimately move though my dangerous eating patterns. Some other things I did that supported my healing:

  • I stopped reading magazines.
  • I started practicing yoga.
  • I took up running.
  • I read books that supported my soul's growth
  • I found healthy role models.
  • I asked my God for support.
  • I made sure to check in with my soul life every morning and every evening.
  • I started a blog all about healthy eating and healing.
  • I surrounded myself with healthy people.
  • I quit searching for a man to make me feel good about myself.
  • I learned to forgive myself and others.
  • I slowly learned to love myself again.
  • I remembered that we’re all in this together.

Your path to healing may be different than mine, but I truly believe that if you can forgive, open your heart and ask for help, your best body, life and spiritual path will open up before you.


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