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The past often holds so much shame or hurt for many people. Sometimes we blame ourselves for things when we were unable to make sense of what was happening at the time. In the past you may have been trying to survive and make your way through so much confusion and pain. You did the best that you could at the time, in the circumstances that you were in, with the information you had. Your past doesn’t define you at all, the things which happened to you were not your fault and you had no way of knowing how to change things or even how to escape the things you were going through. The past can propel you forwards to change things, to grow, to heal and to empathise with yourself and others.

Take care of yourselves everyone

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Being a healthy weight doesn’t mean that you feel okay on the inside or that you feel okay about yourself or eating. It also doesn’t mean that the underlying issues which triggered your eating disorder have been resolved. It can take a long time to fully heal from an eating disorder. During this time your weight may go up and down and how you feel about yourself and your eating disorder may change from day to day depending on the other challenges you are facing in life in addition to the eating disorder. Anyone can have a difficulty with their relationship with food, a person suffering from an eating disorder doesn’t have to look a certain way and often will have a big smile on their face when they’re really hurting inside.

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