One of the main reasons Matt and I started mindfoodly was that during my early days in recovery I was always on the lookout for real stories from people who were living with or had recovered from eating disorders.
I needed to know I wasn’t alone. I needed to know that recovery was possible. And while I was able to find some great blogs, the truth is it’s not always easy to find authentic stories online (especially in the midst of so much unhelpful content pushed through social media).
As I started to recover I thought “What better way to help those in my ED family then to share my own stories, struggles and wins?” I wanted to make sure when the next person went looking for something to help them feel like they weren’t alone that they’d find it.
I’ve been so happy to see mindfoodly become a place of encouragement and support for people battling EDs. And if you’re reading this right now, Matt and I want to thank you for being such an ongoing encouragement and support to us!
Now, back to those great blogs I found. I’ve been lucky enough to discover a few websites I visit almost every day. I read these to reassure myself that I’m normal (and so are my struggles). I also read them because I love being inspired by people who write about authentic health and living a life free from food and exercise rules. (Note: I make sure any blogs that offer advice on nutrition, etc. are written by people qualified to give it.)
The blogs on this list serve as some of the strongest reminders that it’s possible to live freely in a truly healthy manner. They’re a place I can go on bad days, when I need the ED’s rules to fade away, if only for a moment.
I hope they can be as helpful to you as they have been for me. A quick word of advice before I leave you to discover these wonderful blogs for yourself: Use these as a source of hope, not as a measuring stick to compare your actions, behaviour or recovery journey.
Finally, to the lovely ladies who run these blogs I want to say a huge “Thank you!” In a world where social media shouting can sap every ounce of your hope, your websites are a safe haven from restriction, rules and barriers to recovery. You are all awesome. Keep doing what you’re doing!
PS If you know any super awesome blogs you’ve found helpful in your recovery journey, please share them with us 🙂
Without further adieu, here is the list of my favourite food and recovery-related blogs:
“On immaEATthat I try to make healthy eating something to look forward to. Everyone’s definition of “healthy eating” is different. To me, I just focus on being a normal eater. Someone who eats everything and has no food rules. Seriously, NO FOOD RULES.” – Kylie
“My name is Julia and I am kind of in love with life. My blog is centered around health, recovery, college, friends, and anything else that may cross my mind. Be prepared for some random posts; sometimes I feel like I have to tell you all something.” – Julia
“My blog is my diary. I write about food, travel, cooking, life. My life.I am twenty nine years old and live on the Mornington Peninsula outside of Melbourne, Australia. I am a Dietitian (APD), and I love butter and ice-cream. Give us a chance, most Dietitians just love food.” – Heidi (read more about Heidi in our #WeDigDietitians interview)
Not Quite Nigella is Lorraine Elliott, a cake and food enthusiast who believes that cakes belong in an art gallery. Born and raised in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, she lived on the Lower North Shore for 8 years and has now returned to the Eastern Suburbs where she lives with her food-apathetic husband who takes most of the restaurant photos for her blog whilst she takes all the still photos of the food that she cooks.
“I started this blog in October of 2012 as a way to gush about about my love for food and hoped people might read it. In a culture flooded with diet fads, unrealistic beauty expectations and irrational ideals of healthy, food has more commonly become the enemy and something to control. When really, we should be finding joy in food as a way to celebrate, love others, and nourish our bodies.” – Robyn
“After years of trying to find the “perfect” diet, I have realized feeling full is about so much more than the food on your plate. I want to share my experiences to get to this place of true health and balance with a lot of fun along the way. I will be talking about food and fitness from time to time, as they are part of my life and probably most of my readers, but this little blog will encompass other areas of health as well. I will talk a lot about mental health and my recovery from years of disordered eating and horrible body image. I hope someday the stigma is removed from these types of illnesses and that people can talk about them without shame. I also want to help anyone struggling with these problems and show them that it is 100% possible to regain true health again. I am honestly one of the happiest people I know, and I aim to help others find that too.” – Hayley