15 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Eating Disorder Recovery Inspiration
Although eating disorders can develop for various reasons, the media, which often encourages disordered eating and body dissatisfaction, certainly doesn’t help. In response, a wave of eating disorder warriors have been dismantling these negative and unhelpful media messages on Instagram, speaking out against dieting and unrealistic beauty standards in favor of body acceptance and healthy relationships with food, movement, health and our bodies.
Because surrounding ourselves with healing messages can be so helpful in recovery, we complied some of our favorite eating disorder recovery Instagram accounts. By choosing to fill our feeds with self-affirming, healing, body positive and anti-diet content, we can help change the conversation not only for ourselves, but for others struggling.
So hit the follow button on the next 15 Instagram accounts and fill your feed with recovery-worthy content:
This organization gives a voice to all people at any point in their eating recovery journey. They acknowledge the struggle with honest conversation while reminding us that hope is alive and recovery is possible.
Leaving dieting behind doesn't just liberate your mind of incessant food rules and exercise dogma. It also frees up brain space for you to be able to change the world. Think about how much time and energy used to be spent on weight-loss efforts… and think about how much of that time and energy can now be diverted to personal projects, social justice, career aspirations, creative passions, and so much more. Dieting is a tool of oppression, and it's time we break out of its chains. . . (If you want to hear more about HAES, intuitive eating, and body positivity, head on over to wherever you get your podcasts and download the latest episode of Food Psych today! P.S. Be sure to leave a review if you love it, it really helps us reach new listeners and allows the show to grow. Thank you for all of your support <3 And don’t forget to join the Food Psych Listener Facebook Group by going to christyharrison.com/community … Join the family today!) . . #lifebeyonddieting #haes #intuitiveeating #edrecovery #antidietproject #antidiet #riotsnotdiets #effyourbeautystandards #losehatenotweight #recoverywarriors #balancednotclean #foodisfuel #prorecovery #bodyposi #bodypositive #bopo #foodpsychpod #foodpsych #feminism #healthateverysize
Christy Harrison is an anti-diet dietician, certified intuitive eating counselor and the host of Food Psych Podcast. Between the podcast and her Instagram content, Christy hopes to help others heal their relationship with food and make peace with their bodies. It’s a great place to find many voices who are all currently healing in different ways.
People who struggle with eating disorders commonly struggle with other mental illnesses. Recovery Warriors™ is dedicated to boosting the emotional intelligence and resilience of people struggling with depression, anxiety and eating disorders; making it a great account to find content that touches on multiple aspects of recovery.
4. Denise Bidot, founder of the No Wrong Way Movement
@anastasiagphoto not only dropped a very beautiful confessional yesterday that is on our #youtube #nowrongwaytv, not only can she rock #nowrongway beanie <available in store now> but TODAY! Anastasia wrote a blog for #nowrongwordsblog all about #SelfCare and successfully practices she's developed to take care of herself, and she's passing them off to you! Including ideas you may have never thought of!! LINK IN BIO #bodylove #bodypositive #selfreliance #fillyourwell #reiki #saltbaths #sayno #liveyourbestlife #beyourbestself #beyourbestfriend #sefcareguide #selfcarepractices
Denise, an international model who has defied expectations as a “curvy” woman in the fashion industry, founded the No Wrong Way Movement to encourage everyone to embrace their most authentic selves. She hopes to continue creating a safe space for self-love and self-acceptance for all, because it’s important to remember that there is no wrong way to have a body.
5. Ryan Sheldon
Ryan Sheldon is an advocate for men struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. He started the blog, “Confessions of A Binge Eater,” where he speaks openly and honestly about his own struggles with binge eating and what it’s like to be a male who is struggling.
EFF YOUR BEAUTY STANDARDS™ is a social media movement created by plus-size model, Tess Holliday, and is moderated by a team of “body positive babes” from around the world. The account highlights a diverse array of individuals of all different sizes, shapes, genders, ethnicities, races and ages — operating under the premise that “hate and body shaming is not tolerated.”
7. Michelle Haas, founder of The Body Love Experiment™
Michelle is creating a community for women to discover how to stop the body hatred, ditch the diet culture and love the body they have right now. Her content helps us explore how to truly acknowledge, appreciate and love our bodies.
Kelly is using purposeful movement to inspire others to say “yes” to themselves, while making them laugh hysterically in the process. Kelly started the hashtag #sportsbrasquad to encourage everybody and every body to run without shame. The Sports Bra Squad is also a great community of women who uplift one another.
9. Marcela S.
Months ago I had the pleasure of doing this awesome illustration for dear Lauren, a teacher in Macau who used my drawings to teach her students ( whose faces you can see in this illustration) about self esteem. Now she has a body positivity/ travel account @bodyposibackpacker and I'd really appreciate if you go follow this amazing woman! ❤️❤️❤️ Thanks for spreading this important message with the youngest and now with the world, dear. SHOW HER SOME LOVE ????????#art #bopo #bodypositive #bodypositivity #loveyourself #selflove #illustration #arte
Marcela is a Brazilian illustrator and a self-love, mental health and body positive enthusiast. Her drawings break down common insecurities we might be struggling with. She reminds us that it’s OK to struggle, but that you are never alone in this fight.
10. Jessamyn Stanley, author of “Every Body Yoga”
I've received a ton of questions re: which of my @codyapp classes are recommended for different levels of practitioners & since there's a 30% off ALL @codyapp plans sale going on RIGHT NOW I thought it'd be a good idea to give y'all my personal recommendations. And of course these recommendations are literally coming the day after I was talking shit about capitalism. Smdh, Jessamyn. Yeah, the timing's a lil awkward but today's the last day of the @codyapp sale (????????) SOOOO. But yeah, I'm a walking contradiction- good thing I'm a yoga teacher & not a saint. ANYWAY, if you're trying to decide which plan to get for yourself/your mom/your play cousin/your coworker who keeps saying they "need to get into yoga"- Practitioner #1 ("I've never practiced yoga before."/"I'm scared to go to a yoga studio."/"Bitch, what am I supposed to do with this mat?"): Try "Beginner Yoga For EveryBody" & follow it up with "EveryBody Yoga Classes". Practitioner #2 ("I've never practiced yoga before."/"I'm scared to go to a yoga studio."/"I tried yoga once or twice and want to get back into it.")- Try "Begin to EmBody Yoga" w/ @nolatrees. I'd recommend springing for the "EmBody Yoga" bundle because then you'll get access to several different plans. Practitioner #3 ("I want to practice yoga but bitch I'm broke & can't afford to spend all this damn $$ on online yoga classes right now.")- Try "Bare Your Soul, Find Your Flow"- it's like an amuse bouche for the other plans. Practitioner #4 ("I've tried yoga once or twice but wtf is up with #downwardfacingdog and why is #chaturanga THE WORST?")- Try "Yoga Fundamentals Workshop" w/ @nolatrees Practitioner #5 ("I'm ready to get my ass kicked & IDGAF if I've never tried yoga before- let's do this shit.")- Try "EveryBody Yoga" Parts I & II Practitioner #6 ("I want to work on some more advanced poses like #crowpose, #splits, and #headstands without feeling too embarrassed to fall down or fart in front of strangers.")- Try "Get Loud". Today's the last day for 30% off all plans- click the link above to snatch 'em up! Throwback to baby's 1st @codyapp shoot w/ @getjeffreid & @paosanchezmedia
Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, writer and body positive advocate. She is adamant on moving her body not based on how it looks, but how it feels. Jessamyn is a great reminder to move in purposeful ways that make us feel good, not as a way to punish ourselves or as a negative coping mechanism.
Drop the Label Movement is a newer Instagram campaign that replaces traditional clothing sizes with positive affirmations to drop literal and figurative labels. By dropping labels, we can also being to drop pressure and expectation of body size and shape that is often prevalent in common media messaging.
12. Kylie Mitchell MPH, RDN, LD
Here's a little poetry for your Wednesday???? Today was the first day I felt mentally ready to see a few virtual clients since the #harvey madness started. I'm feeling for so many in HoUSton who can't go to work today or anytime soon because their neighborhood turned into a lake. Being pregnant I'm not sure how much manual labor I could do (i.e. ripping out sheetrock, carpet, floors, etc.), but I'm grateful to be able to sit in a chair and work to help give some ???????????? for those whose world has been turned upside down. #immaWatercolorTherapy
Kylie Mitchell is an eating disorder dietician and runs the blog, ImmaEatThat. Kylie has been open about her own struggles with ED and is honest about her personal recovery journey while working as a dietician. Kylie’s content incorporates recipes, tips and tricks to move away from a diet mentality and into more intuitive ways of eating and moving.
Reminding ourselves that we are more than our physical beings. We are more than our bodies. . . . . . . #circlesofchange #NEDA #nedawareness #bopowarrior #health #wellness #inspire #inspiration #bodypositivity #takebackthebeach #effyourbeautystandards #dropthelabelmovement #seethe67 #iwearwhatiwant #ihaveembraced #beyou #selflove #selfcare #honoryourbody #loveyourbody #loveyourself #loveyourcurves #healthateverysize #intuitiveeating #intuitiveeatingjourney #antidiet #bodylove4all #bodyacceptance #lovethyself #selfloveisthebestlove
Circles of Change is a nonprofit organization that incorporates many voices and stories to show how ED recovery isn’t a one size fits all path. Their mission to reclaim health, redefine beauty and restore the relationship serves as an important reminder that ED is multifaceted.
14. Silvana Denker, Initiator of the BodyLove campaign
From LA I went on to Kassel, a sweet German city where I met 8 amazing people taking part in the photoshoot. What a day ???? We had so much fun and I found new friends I will met next wekk for the second BodyLove (and my birthday)-party ❤️ Can't wait to see you again 🙂 #everybodyisagoodbody #bodylove #allbodiesaregoodbodies #tolerance #acceptance #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bodylovecampaign #bodylovexhappysize #bodylovebysilvanadenker #diversity #empowering #kassel #loveyourself #loveyourbody #nohate #nobullying #realisticbody #silvanadenker #throwback
Silvana is a plus-size model and photographer who is attempting to spread body love to everybody and every body. Her BodyLove campaign is helping individuals accept the skin they are in without shame or judgment. Because sometimes seeing others unapologetically embrace themselves can inspire us to start doing the same.
My Princess???? I know the world whispers in your ear that what you possess defines who you are, and what you look like determines your worth. This is a lie, My Love. The generations to come will never remember you for the things you accumulate or the efforts you placed in your appearance. In fact, the harder you strive to collect more things and to perfect your image, the more insecure you will be about who you are and why you are here. I am in you and you are in Me. I will give you all you need. Now go, and walk through your world in confidence that I've uniquely equipped you with all you need to impact the lives of those around you forever. Love always, Your King and your Confidence ???????????? #EmbraceYourReal #EYRSisterhood
Julie actually started on Instagram as part of the “fitstagram” community. Although fitness and fitness inspiration are beneficial for some, for others, it might not always send the right messages during hard recovery days. Julie is breaking down “fitspiration” and keeping it real using both her personal account and the account Embrace Your Real.
And if you’ve decided to follow these 15 Instagram accounts and are feeling really ambitious, try unfollowing 15 Instagram accounts that you know aren’t helpful to your eating disorder recovery. Small steps add up to great change, even if you can’t see it immediately. We believe in you.
Lead images via Marcel S. and Kelly K. Roberts Instagram Accounts