Why I'm celebrating national eating disorders awareness week

It’s national eating disorder awareness week. So what does that mean? It means we are going to talk about eating disorders this week more than ever, and quite frankly, we don’t talk about them enough. Having overcame a life-threatening eating disorder myself, the subject is near and dear to my heart. As a matter of fact, my heart was the main organ that suffered while I had my eating disorder, literally and figuratively.

When I say that my heart suffered figuratively, I meant it wasn’t full.  I don’t remember many personal relationships the year my eating disorder got severe. My mind was too busy.  Though unaware, I was numbing my feelings and avoiding reality by controlling what I ate, not to mention endlessly tallying up the day’s calories in my head. Looking back, it makes sense I aced trigonometry class.

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Eating disorders are a progressive disease that get worse if left untreated. That is why it’s so important to talk about eating disorders this week, and every week. Like many of you, I wasn’t familiar with the term eating disorder until I was diagnosed. “Anorexic” and “Bulimic” have been loosely thrown around for years in my circles, but I never fully understood the meaning of each word. Well, I found out first hand and now I feel it’s important to share what I have learned and experienced with you. Why? So you or your loved one doesn’t get to the point where your heart is beating just 39 beats per minute and you forgot who you were.

39 beats per minute-that is how my heart suffered, literally.

Today, my heart is full of love and beating at a healthy rate. I haven’t counted calories in over a decade and I enjoy the foods that I eat. I exercise when I feel like it, not because I have to and I don’t value myself or others based on their appearance. I want to stress that I didn’t do it alone. I got professional support and it took years for me to fully recover from my eating disorder. If you want to hear my story, I will tell you.

If you think you or someone you know may have distorted eating and body image, help is available. ANAD is a national non-profit, for who I volunteer. Their mission is to create awareness on eating disorders of all types and is a great place to start. Click here to read real stories of people that recovered from an eating disorder. A short version of my story is 21 down.

I’m so excited to announce Plant. Strong. Diva 2.0 will be launching in the upcoming weeks. There will be more inspirational stories, delicious recipes, restaurant recommendations. plus a few surprise contributors.  I can’t wait!

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