I'm going to do a series of posts this week for National Eating Disorder Awareness week.
There's a misconception that there's a choice involved in eating disorders, as though the addiction is somehow different and has simple solutions. It just isn't - it does as much damage to the body, life, and relationships of the person suffering from the disorder as any addiction would. It is ever so much more than a diet gone awry, as the news media would have you believe.
I cannot change anyone but myself, so I have made actions of change to think of food as nourishment and not something either angelic or demonic. To balance getting exercise that I enjoy, and enough sleep. I resolved to take care of myself, and took Harriet Brown's pledge. I don't always do this well - I found myself in some old thoughts today when Lauren ate a cupcake AND a piece of cake at church - but I am trying, if not just to model healthy behavior, for my girls and myself.