When trying to recover from an eating disorder, or any mental illness for that matter, I think its so important to be able to differentiate between your illness and your true self. Referring to an eating disorder as something external to you can help you to challenge some of the things that it tries to make you believe.
Next time the ‘voice’ of your eating disorder appears, remember that it is just that, a voice. It is not really you, even if it feels like its coming from your head. You have the strength to fight against that voice and honour what you really want, not what your eating disorder has tried to convince you to want.
I am writing this post today because I know personally how something as seemingly simple as separating two things can massively help, both on your road to recovery and during the maintenance stages of your journey. When I go to get food now and the eating disorder is trying to edge its way in, I acknowledge its presence, but I don’t let it in. I, metaphorically, lock it out. It doesn’t deserve to occupy my head space.
You too can secure your long-term happiness and freedom by; never believing the lies your eating disorder tries to convince you to be the truth, always doing the opposite of what your eating disorder tells you to do, and remembering that your eating disorder does not have power over you. It might feel like it does, but it doesn’t. You are in control of your life. You make your own decisions. Make them the right ones and don’t let your eating disorder have a say in your future.