For any one who has ever struggled with an eating disorder, you can understand how incredibly difficult the process can be. Loving yourself is hard at the best of times but when all you see and feel is disgust at your own body, the difficulties are magnified.
While this battle is beyond hard, when you overcome it, you can look back with pride. You will still have bad days, and you will still have to fight from time to time, but what you have learned and what you have gained emotionally will carry you forward.
Eating disorders are life altering but they can teach you a lot about self-love.
1. You're going to find new ways to appreciate your body.
Once you are through the worst and your weight begins to stabilize, you'll notice things about yourself you may have forgotten all about. Your clothes will fit better, your skin will glow, your hair will shine. You'll look amazing.
2. You'll still find yourself counting calories.
You aren't doing it consciously. It is just a habit. You won't beat yourself up over it, it will become part of the vast amounts of knowledge you have in your head.
3. You'll look back at pictures and cringe.
The greatest gift of all is being able to look back at pictures of yourself when you were unhealthy and know that you didn't look good. You feel beautiful in your healthy state.
4. You'll likely go through periods of drastic changes in your weight.
If you have spent years binge eating or restricting your intake, it can be difficult to learn to eat in a healthy and normal way. You may put on a whack of weight at first. Don't panic or lose hope. Forgive yourself and keep looking forward. It is a long and difficult journey back, be kind.
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5. You'll eventually learn to love the gym again.
Embrace your new attitude. The gym doesn't have to be a place filled with horrible memories. You are working out because you want to, not because you ate a brownie at lunch and need to run it off. Physical activity is healthy and you now understand the balance.
6. You'll push your body in ways you were never able to.
Remember how exhausted you used to be when you left the gym? Not anymore. Now, you're tackling things you never thought possible. It is amazing what your body can do if you show it a little love and give it the fuel it needs.
7. You'll try a lot of new foods.
When you were in the grips of your eating disorder, you probably ate a lot of the same foods. You did so because you knew the calorie totals. Now, you're willing to try everything. When counting calories isn't your focus, you'll open yourself to new flavours and food experiences.
8. You'll learn it is most important to love yourself.
Having, and overcoming, an eating disorder teaches you to love yourself. This doesn't just mean loving your body, but loving yourself completely. You are in control, you are able. There is nothing out there that can stop you. Your flaws are no greater than anyone else's. You're amazing.
Have you overcome an eating disorder? What lessons did you learn?
Source: Elite Daily
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