Dear Ed, let’s rewind a few years, shall we? I know you can remember it. I was 16 years old—a junior in high school trying to figure out her college plans, wanting to grow in her writing craft, and internally panicking about what was ahead. And even though I wasn’t exactly sure how I would get there, I knew that I wanted to be a published author. It had really been my only dream since I was a little girl. But you were willing to do anything and everything to make sure that that dream didn’t become a reality.
Everyone has a unique eating disorder recovery journey, which is something that I had to come to terms with earlier in my own recovery journey. I wanted my recovery—particularly my mental, emotional, and spiritual recovery—to be fast. But it wasn’t. My physical recovery was fairly quick, but it has taken (not took, but has taken) years for me to recover mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Because my eating disorder took a much bigger toll on my mind, heart, and soul than on my body, honestly.
One of my goals at TTT is to share encouraging content with you, and that is certainly my goal for today's post. This wasn't an easy post for me to prepare because it involves the death of a young woman due to a severe eating disorder. However, her mom, Dr. Lisa L. Billings, demonstrates great courage in transparently discussing her daughter's eating disorder and the sadness that she has experienced as a result of it. Not only do I want this post to be an encouraging reminder to unconditionally love those in your life who are battling an eating disorder, but I also want this post to be an encouraging reminder that because of Jesus' suffering and death, we can find purpose in our deepest sadness. He wants to draw us near, friends.
Hi y'all, I'm super excited to share a podcast link with you for today's post! It's for The Boundless Show! This podcast is part of Boundless, a young adult ministry of Focus on the Family. For the Culture Segment of this podcast (which is about 30 minutes into this episode, wink wink), I discuss my journey through anorexia and my journey through recovery with host Lisa Anderson. From a typical day in the life of an anorexic to my current relationship with food, we covered a variety of eating disorder- and recovery-related topics.
You did it. You finally lost that weight. You finally ran that marathon. You finally gave up sugar for a month. You finally fit into your dream size. You finally mastered that workout. And yet something doesn't feel right. You still don't love your body. "So," you ask yourself, "since I don't love my body after I've done all this, when will I love my body?" The answer to that question may initially disappoint you, but I hope you'll find freedom in it.
Friends, I'm very excited to share the first ever video interview on TTT! Brittany Braswell, whom I connected with through Wonderfully Made, shares her thoughts about eating disorders, body image, and nutrition from the perspective of a Christian Registered Dietician. If you resonate with what she says, head over to her website linked here!
Hi, friends! For today's post, I'm actually going to share a podcast link with you from UncommonTEEN, which is a ministry led by Jamie Kirschner that's dedicated to helping young women thrive in their God-given identity. I was recently on the UncommonTEEN podcast to talk about Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like and to share some of my story about anorexia and recovery. This was the first podcast I'd ever been on, so shout out to Jamie for taking a chance on me! I so appreciate her kindness and support of Real Recovery! I also appreciate her mission to help teen girls grow in Christ! To listen to Jamie's interview with me, head over to the UncommonTEEN podcast!
Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like is officially three months old! You know what that means...it's time for a giveaway! Check out this short video to learn how to enter to win your free copy of Real Recovery!
As my emotional, mental, and spiritual recovery continued, I slowly became less resistant to it. I don’t think that reading a biblical passage is a cure for anorexia. However, I do know that the Truth—specifically from God’s Word—sets us free (John 8:37). If there’s someone in your life who’s recovering from anorexia, perhaps you could share that with her. You may also want to share the following verses with her because even though they may be the hardest Bible verses for a recovering anorexic to hear, they are the truest words she could ever hear.