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Sustaining Eating Disorder Recovery — Conscious to Unconscious Competence 3

Last week I wrote about unconscious incompetence moving to conscious incompetence. Where that places you is knowing what you’re not great at. This week we’ll look into the next stages of eating disorder recovery so far as this model of competence goes. Check out last weeks post before you read […]


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Why “down-talking” the seriousness of eating disorders doesn’t help recovery 5

  When one tells a person with an ED to recover when they are ready, one mulcts them of time spent ED free. I had this fantastically enlightening email conversation with a reader today. Let’s call her Jennifer. We were going back and forth over some questions about recovery that she had […]


Back to the veganism and eating disorders conversation 16

I wrote a post sometime last year now about my opinion on why people who have suffered from an eating disorder such as Anorexia cannot, and should not be vegan. When I wrote it I assumed that I would get a fair amount of backlash from vegans—I expected criticism and welcome […]


It’s my 10-year Anorexia recovery anniversary! 5

It’s my 10 year Anorexia recovery anniversary this month, and I’m really bloody excited about it! Those who know me know that I don’t “do” birthdays or publicly celebrate anything much, but this—overcoming Anorexia—is something I am openly proud of.   It started in May 2006   In May 2006, […]


The Role of the Non-Professional Community in Eating Disorder Advocacy 1

I’ve been sprouting on about why I don’t think that sufferers and ex-sufferers of eating disorders make the best ED therapists. If you need to recap the posts are: Why Eating Disorder Treatment Needs an Overhaul Why I Don’t Think Ex-Sufferers Should Treat Eating Disorders Why Do So Many Ex-Sufferers […]

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How do you cope with eating disorder recovery wobbles? 7

I just love it when readers ask me to write about something. I got this request a couple of days ago: “I wonder if you can, when time allows, write about the ways you have coped with any wobbles during recovery. Even afterwards, how have you managed to become so […]


Recovery is for life, not just for weight gain 7

Recovery is for life, not just for weight gain. I think that many people—including therapists and sufferers—think that eating disorder recovery is just about gaining weight, and that after that it all goes away. And while gaining weight is so very important and it is true that the ED thoughts […]


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Why Eating Disorder Treatment Needs an Overhaul 15

There was a study published this month that showed what many of us have been saying for a long time: eating disorder treatment is massively ineffective in many cases and the industry is badly in need of some sort of overhaul. The study was published under the title Clinicians’ Attitudes, Concerns, […]


Anorexia Recovery: The Scales and Weighing Myself 3

I stated in an earlier post that I weigh myself regularly as part of my personal Anorexia recovery plan. I imagine that some readers physically recoiled in horror when they read that, so I’ll explain why here. Before I get into that, this: What works for me might not work […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery: What that looks like for me now 16

Each individual has a slightly different version of eating disorder recovery. I am often asked (mostly by parents of people with Anorexia) what I mean when I say I am recovered, and what that actually looks like. What is the difference between recovered and cured? Is one ever cured from […]


Anorexia and Christmas Day: Survivor Tips 4

I used to dread Christmas Day. It is a person with Anorexia’s worst nightmare. Anorexia and Christmas don’t really like one another.  The gym is closed. There is food everywhere. It’s a big sit down family meal with everyone there to see how little you are eating and ask you if you’d […]

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Veganism and Eating Disorders: Let’s Be Frank 32

Before I piss off any vegans with this post, let’s get one thing straight: I have nothing against vegans, nor am I saying that nobody can be vegan. I am not attacking veganism—frankly I don’t really give a shit what other people do and don’t eat anymore (and that’s a relief, […]


Running Hostage to an Eating Disorder

This is another section of Love Fat that I took out of the book as I rewrote it in another chapter. It is following on from the last post that I published and the topic is my obsession with running. As I have explained before, I now have a healthy relationship […]


How Eating Disorders Ruin Relationships 3

Eating disorders are a bitch, and anorexia turned me into one too. In America, “candy” is what we Brits refer to as “sweets.” Today I’m not writing about sweets; I’m writing about my little sister: Candice. Below is another Love Fat edit out. I cannot reliably remember why I removed […]


Love Fat Editouts: Big Fat Binge Liar

This blog is another section that I edited out of Love Fat: Living at home meant that the binges were getting more frequent and bigger—basically because there was more food available. My parent’s fridge was brimming with treats that the uncontrollable nighttime-fat-monster version of me lusted after. I’d sneak downstairs long […]

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The Modeling Industry and Anorexia 4

Before we get started: This post is based on my experience, and on my interpretation of the events that I experienced. It is not supposed to be a generalization of all modeling agencies, all sufferers of eating disorders or anything else for that matter. Even I am not that cocky. […]


I Just Started My Period! 13

I am 32 years old and I just got my period! Do I feel vulnerable writing about my period? Yes. But I’m going to write about it anyway, because I think that it is important that I talk about all aspects of my eating disorder, and not having periods was […]


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How Science Helped Me Cope with the ‘Fat Tummy’ in Anorexia Recovery. 116

My Experience; When I had anorexia, I did not suffer from body dysmorphia, so I was acutely aware of how thin I looked and unattractive it was. I know that this is not the case for all sufferers, but I think that regardless, many will find this account useful for […]