As a recovered bulimic going on twenty-eight years, I have a responsibility to reach out to others and offer hope. I wrote the following note after receiving a message from someone who asked for my help.
It’s okay if you’ve stumbled after going several days without binging. Remember, you’ve simply taken one step back. The situation is not hopeless and you are not helpless. You pick yourself up and take two steps forward.
Don’t beat yourself up. Clear your head and find the good in yourself and others and keep moving forward.
Another tool to getting better is to reach out to others in some way. Service to others is such a healing balm. Maybe check on someone you know who might be lonely. Or have you ever helped serve food at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen?
Serving food to the needy can help you redirect the way you see food. Again, food is nothing more than fuel for our bodies.
It’s when we turn it into a weapon to use against ourselves that our relationship with food gets all twisted.
Today at this moment, regardless of whether you binged two days ago or two minutes ago, pick yourself up and move two steps forward.
You will get there.
You are worth the journey,
Kathleen adapted her Family Circle story for Her War Her Voice:
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