I woke up naturally bit early yesterday morning, so I decided to spend my time to getting my NEDAwareness Week post written. As I went about my morning routine, washing my face and brushing my teeth, I couldn’t help but think about how different my new normal is now than in the years when I was struggling with my eating disorder. I had eaten a whole bunch of chocolate the night before after going to my parents house for dinner, I’m blaming the crazy chocolate cravings on the fact that I’m on my period.
So let’s look at that one sentence and see what it means for me:
- Eating a meal with my family without any say or worry about what it was or how things were cooked.
- Eating way more than a normal amount of chocolate and not caring one bit.
I am finally physically and mentally healthy. I finally feel normal — even more “normal” than many girls, perhaps, since I often find myself calming girlfriends that are worried about eating “too much” or indulging a bit. On a day-to-day basis I don’t even think about the drastic changes I’ve made, but when I do step back I can’t help but feel grateful. Not everyone has the same support I had. Not everyone can afford proper treatment. Not everyone actually gets better — far too many still die from these awful diseases.
NEDA Awareness Week 2016
The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness Week) is to put the spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders and to improve public understanding of their causes, triggers and treatments. By increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention, which can improve the likelihood of full recovery for millions.
3 Minutes Can Save A Life
This year the theme is “3 Minutes Can Save A Life” which promotes their quick screening tool for early prevention. You can encourage anyone to take this quiz that assesses eating and exercise habits and attitudes. The tool is not diagnostic, but can point someone towards seeking help. Intervening early helps prevent the onset of a full blown eating disorder, which means greater chance for a full recovery.
Take the quiz here: screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/NEDA. I took it with very happy results:)
How To Get Involved
- Share this post or write one of your own!
- Share a message on your social channels with #NEDAwareness
- Encourage all your friends and family to take the screening test
- Participate in NEDA Walk
- Check out this page from NEDA on participation
- Volunteer and Advocate!
For any medical professionals out there, NEDA has a great document for helping to recognize symptoms in your patients.
How To Get Help
If you feel like you’re struggling at all – it doesn’t have to be a “full blown eating disorder” – please talk to someone about it! NEDA has great, confidential, free resources available — they are listed here.
NEDA also has a great list of recovery resources, stories of hope, and and discussion forums.
If you’re interested in my own experience with recovery, check out all my posts here. And as always, feel free to shoot me an email (fittingitallin @ gmail) if you want to set up a coaching call. I do this only by request now, but I freaking love helping other girls get rid of the disordered eating mindset, find their worth outside of their weight, and get their periods back. Because being *truly* healthy is where it’s at:)
No one deserves to live in the hell that is an eating disorder. No one should be shamed by a stigma that it’s their fault, or told that they don’t “look” like they have an eating disorder. No one should die due to an eating disorder. Everyone deserves a happy, full life free from constant worry about weight and food. Thank you for helping raise awareness!