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What is the Key to ED Recovery?



When I first started recovery and was motivated to get better, I remember telling myself, “I wish there was some secret key to fully recovering from my eating disorder”. I was looking for a “magic fix” or a light switch that I could turn on to make it all go away.


But through my recovery journey, I’ve realized that the secret to recovery is God. Through

scripture, God reminds us that we are beautifully and wonderfully made. He reminds us to cling to him when we are anxious. He reminds us that the food and body image struggles have already been won.


A big part of recovery is grounding yourself in God’s truth and reframing lies that society tells

us. The world will always tell you that you are never pretty enough, thin enough, fit enough,

smart enough, etc. But God says that we will always be enough through him. And when you

really take a step back and think about it, you will never measure up according to society’s

standards. Trying to meet society’s expectations may give you a “temporary high”, but it will

never last. God’s love and living in God’s presence is everlasting.


ED Lie Examples:

“I need to be thin or fit for people to like me”

“I need to eat clean in order to be healthy”

“I will be happy and confident once I lose weight or change my body”

“I will never be able to recover”

“I will lose control if I let myself go”


God’ Truths:

You are beautifully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

You are beautiful, there is nothing wrong with you. You have no flaws (Song of Solomon 4:7)

Do not be anxious about anything. God will guard your heart and your mind (Philippians 4:6)

When you are tempted (by the ways of this world), God will help you escape it (1 Corinthians

10:13)

God will calm your fears (Zephaniah 3:17)

It is better to trust the Lord than put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8)

Do not rely on your own understanding, trust the Lord (Proverbs 3:5)



 

Meghan is a recent occupational therapy graduate and lives on the East coast. Meghan currently works as a recovery coach at a residential eating disorder treatment facility. Meghan’s passion for raising eating disorder awareness stems from her own personal struggles, in addition to having friends/family members that have struggled with eating disorders as well. While Meghan hopes to start her occupational therapy career soon, she wants to continue to be involved in the eating disorder field and advocate for the role of OT in ED treatment settings. When Meghan is not working, you will find her planning her next Walt Disney World trip.

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