Sure, fear can protect us from danger—but most of the time it just keeps us from life’s great adventures.
- Michael Chandler (via a-thousand-words)
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I didn’t realize how badly I was treated until someone started treating me with respect.
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Anonymous: Hey Maggie, I've been in recovery from bulimia for about a year but I am still struggling with overeating and body image. It happens when I get stressed or lonely. Will overeating make me gain weight if it happens once about every other week? Should I start seeing a dietician again?

No love, don’t worry! Your body can handle lots of things, because it is strong and capable. She will not gain weight from overeating every so often.

That being said, that does not mean you are unworthy of seeing a dietician. It may be a good idea to see a dietician and/or a therapist. I think it’s awesome you have already been able to identify your triggers, so the next step would be to replace the responses. Finding healthier coping mechanisms, discovering WHY you feel stressed and lonely, how to prevent those feelings, etc. I really recommend you give it a go and see how things work out - there is nothing wrong with asking for help! xx

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Anonymous: I binge everyday and I hate myself for it. In 2 days I'll see a therapist for the first time. Do you think that she can help me? Because I don't believe that :( My mum always buys/makes/bakes triggering food and she doesn't want to stop it because "I'm not the only family member.. Others want this stuff too".. :((

Absolutely. Tell your therapist about what your mom says and how it affects you. You can even talk to her about holding an “intervention”, where she will mediate between you and your mom. She will be able to explain how serious your illness is and how important her support and doing as many non-triggering things as possible is. I am so sorry your mom is reacting this way. I say 100% that I know how you feel. I truly hope your mom’s eyes are opened and she does what she needs to do. 

Above all else, please remember: Just because someone treats you badly, doesn’t make you bad. Their inability to see your worth does not make you worthless. You are so much more than that, and you deserve recovery and the life you have always imagined <3 xx

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Today, ed-free-maggie came in and talked to my psych class about eating disorders and her battle with Anorexia. I just wanted to write a little something about how much I enjoyed her presentation and how much I appreciate her honesty. I think it’s incredibly brave to be open about something so…

I JUST SAW THIS oh my goodness thank you for making my heart smile :) you were a wonderful audience!

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thankful for yogurt covered pretzels and 30 rock after a very hard day

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Repeat after me:
My body is not wrong, or ugly, too big or too thin, too pale or too dark, too broken or too strong. It is the vessel of a precious life and that is enough.

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Yo Oprah, I'mma Let You Finish But Amy Poehler Has The Best Body Image Advice Of All Time

"Try to picture you talking to your own daughter…"

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Usually I disregard posts like this, but this quote has truly stuck with me. Some graffiti I found in the bathroom of my university. Thank you.