Hello world! I am thrilled to launch this website and provide help and hope to those suffering from eating disorders. To begin, I would like to share my personal story in hopes that it will provide the foundation for this blog.
My junior year of college started out like any other. As a Type A perfectionist, I have always had high ambitions and strive to be the best that I can in every area of life. I made perfect grades. I was the perfect daughter and friend. I wanted to be the perfect dietetics intern. I was also the perfect eater. As a nutrition major, I was constantly surrounded by information, opinions, and science regarding food, nutrition, and metabolism. Over time, I did not realize how destructive the constant overflow of nutrition facts became. Name a food and I could tell you exactly how many calories, carbs, and grams of fat were in it off the top of my head. I knew every diet tip in the book. I knew exactly how each macronutrient was digested, absorbed, and metabolized in the body. I knew what would happen metabolically once I started to eat fewer calories than what I burned. I couldn’t undo the knowledge. My eating became more and more perfect as I struggled to cope with the aspects of my life that were imperfect. I dropped weight rapidly. I was living in my own prison, and I couldn’t escape.
A point came when enough was enough and soon my “perfect” world would come crashing in. My mom and I talked and decided that this had to end; and from that day forward my life has never been the same. Not only did I gain weight, I gained life. When I found myself again, I found joy. This isn’t to say that each day is perfect, but I am living it proudly and confidently without numbers, food, and my body dictating my self-worth. I now measure myself in happiness and laughter, instead of inches and pounds.
The year since I chose recovery has been by far the best year of my life. I love the person I have become, and I have fought to become her. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Nutrition. This past summer I passed my board exam and became a Registered Dietitian. And most importantly, I have realized why I am here: to share my story, to use my knowledge to help others, and to provide support for those on the road to recovery. I believe that my experience has given me an understanding that I would have never had otherwise. And that understanding drives my passion to help others who are standing where I once stood. My hope is that this blog will be a light to those in the depths of eating disorders, a resource for loved ones who are supporting someone fighting this battle, and a place for all people to learn more about nutrition, wellness, and recovery.