When it comes to eating disorders, many of you know that I believe in being fully recovered. (Period.) When I read the piece below in an email last week, I immediately wanted to share it with others. Thanks for allowing me to do that, Karine!
I AM recovered.
Because I am free, I feel free and happy, but I want to do only the things that make me feel good. I look after myself. I don’t think about food, counting calories and thinking I can’t eat that or I am not ALLOWED to eat that! (I think the words we use are key as well in the recovery that was a very important step).
Also, if someone asks a question or checks what I’m eating, I don’t explain, or more, justify myself. Sometimes I have had a big lunch, and so a lighter dinner, but as I’m having dinner people check on my plate, I don’t really spend time talking/responding to this as I know what is good for me! And this is another big point which complicates recovery, making it more difficult or harder. It’s what people do and how they look at you (even family). As you want to convince them that you’re fine now with food, you can over eat just to show them!! This is wrong as you are not yourself!!
- Karine Berthou, Founder & CEO, Succeed Foundation