February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month. Honestly, I didn't know there was such a thing until just a few days ago, but obviously, I'm glad to hear it does exist.
In my opinion, it's important for more people to understand that eating disorders are a serious mental health disease, not simply an extreme diet. Suggesting someone simply eat a sandwich or poking fun can be detrimental to someone you love, without even realizing what is coming out of your mouth.
I have this book mark that I have been carrying around with me since I left treatment titled "10 Ways to Love Your Body!" Okay, I realize it might be a little cheesy, but it has really helped me through some days where I felt like skipping calories or crawling back into bed.
10 Ways To Love Your Body!
1.Become aware of what your body can do each day. Remember it is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.
2. Choose to find the beauty in the world and in yourself.
3. Think about the things you could accomplish with the time and energy you currently spend worrying about your body and appearance (!!! this is my favorite).
4. Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day.
5. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.
6. Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself without mentioning appearance.
7. Put a sign on each of your mirrors saying, "I'm beautiful inside and out."
8. Consider this: your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks, and your skeleton every three months. Your body is extraordinary -- begin to respect and appreciate it!
9. Surround yourself with people that remind your of your inner strength and beauty (my other favorite).
10. Be your body's friend and supporter, not its enemy.
In honor of Eating Disorder Awareness Month, I encourage all of you to reach out to someone who might be struggling or take a look at yourself and spread the love. Surrounding myself with strong, supportive people has saved my life and you all have the opportunity to save someone's life as well.
Let's spread awareness. Unfortunately, eating disorders are everywhere, but I have finally learned it is not something to be ashamed of.