Hello!
Today I wanted to write about something a little more personal and important: eating disorders, specifically Ana and Mia. As someone who went through them both and now has a happy and overall healthy relationship with food, I figured I had an opportunity to reach out and give my best advice on how to overcome this illnesses. I am not an expert in the topic and I understand that these tips may not be helpful to everyone as we all experience things in a different way.

1. Stop counting the calories.

It will seem impossible at first, but trust me, it is worth it. Even if it's just a meal a day, or a drink a day, don't count the calories, don't write them down. It will take a few tries but eventually you will find yourself not thinking about the calories as much. Let's be honest: it's exhausting.

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2. Unfollow negative, triggering accounts on social media.

This includes: stopping yourself from looking up "thinspirations" on the internet, and erasing any unhealthy "thinspo" images from your phone.

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3. Challenge yourself to eat a little more every day.

Ana and Mia are about feeling like you are in control of your life. Challenging yourself to add a small amount to your meal every day can make you feel in control too. You will be in control of your recovery, step by step. In charge of nourishing and taking care of your body. Try it out.

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4. Commit to your recovery.

Understand that it is a process, and you will fail sometimes, but never give up. Accept that you have a problem, and be honest with yourself: you are not happy, you want to change, and you know that it is possible if you just try hard enough. If you are strong enough to starve for days in a row, you are strong enough to try your best and be healthy and conscious about your decisions and their effect on your body, mind and soul.

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5. Reach out and get help.

Telling people how we feel and talking about our problems is probably the hardest part. However, having a support group like close friends and family who understand your illness (you may have to explain it to them) is beneficial. And of course, get professional help.

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6. Stop criticizing yourself - embrace your flaws.

Understand that we are not perfect, none of us. We all have flaws and make mistakes, perfection is just an illusion. Don't say anything negative about yourself for a day - then three days, then a week, until self acceptance becomes a part of you.

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These are just some steps I implemented onto my life as I was overcoming my illness. It gets better.

If you need to talk to someone I am here for you, send me a postcard/message and I will reply. Take care.