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Eating Disorder Recovery — as Told By 'The Office'


Most people who live with eating disorders go through a stage of denial — at least at in the beginning. Needless to say, some resistance to treatment should be expected…

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Because when you start to add up all the treatment costs, it’s easy to see why…

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Generally, most people don’t seek help until they have hit rock bottom…

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…but once they do, they realize the decision is for the best.

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In recovery, you often know what to do to get better, but you’re terrified to actually do it. Often, the eating disorder voice is what holds us back, and fogs our brain.

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So in the beginning, you need a little more structure when it comes to your meal plan.

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Sometimes, you’re even challenged to try foods you haven’t touched in years.

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It’s hard to know where to begin in therapy…

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…but eventually, you begin to come to terms with the fact that feeling leads to healing.

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It doesn’t take you long to realize there are a lot of ups and downs on the road to recovery…

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…and that some of your friends and family members will never ever understand why diet, exercise and body talk is triggering.

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So you nod your head, keep your mouth shut and pretend to listen, because it isn’t worth the breath or energy to argue.

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It’s especially difficult when someone comments about how “healthy” you look:

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But there are those friends that are few and far between, the ones who really understand what you’re going through, and do their best to support you:

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Nevertheless, you don’t give up… because it takes some time to shoot down ED and all of his tactics.

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But the more you say “yes” to recovery, the easier it is to say “no” to your eating disorder…

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And before you know it, sharing meals with other friends is actually enjoyable.

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When your body starts to heal, you have more energy than ever before, and your friends aren’t complaining.

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They’re happy to have the “old you” back.

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When your recovery team gives you the green light for exercise, it’s hard to contain your excitement…

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…and you even begin to enjoy the holidays.

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The love/hate relationship with your recovery team no longer exists… now, it’s just love.

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And before you know it, you’re free to start living life without ED.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

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