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how gratitude helped me overcome my eating disorder

Updated: May 5, 2020

We all have things in our lives that we are thankful for. The routine list usually includes: friends, family, pets, house, food, etc.

All very valid, very wonderful things to be thankful for every day.

But I bet there are some things you're forgetting. So, let me help you out a little bit.

Here are 5 more things to be thankful for every day:

1. your body. everything about it. what it looks like. what it can do. where it has taken you. how you were made.

2. your flaws. imperfections. the things you wish you could "fix".

3. your dreams. the things you want to do in life. the goals that keep you going, whether you're working towards them or not.

4. your failures. yep. the many mistakes that got you to where you are today.

5. your current battles. the hard things you're fighting right now.

FYI - it's almost impossible for us to make lifestyle shifts, lasting changes, new habits, or life progressions if we aren't thankful for the tough stuff (namely, the big 5 listed above).


I used to live a life where I hated my body. I would never say a nice thing about it, much less be thankful for it.

I tried to cover every flaw I had, or act differently in group settings to cover up self-perceived character flaws.

I assumed my dreams and goals were unrealistic, so I dismissed them. Never thought twice about being grateful they even existed.

I suppressed my failures and I hid my battles. I wasn't honest with myself. I didn't see the good in my suffering. This only perpetuated the problem.

I was lost in pity, grief, guilt, shame, and embarrassment because I never took the time to say thank you for the tough stuff. The hard things. I never pushed myself to recognize the good in seemingly not-so-good situations.

But once I figured out the power of gratitude, I started making some serious shifts in my life.

It wasn't until I RECOGNIZED and APPRECIATED the hard stuff in my life that I was actually able to move forward and create a better life for myself.

Instead of suppressing my struggles and succumbing to my negative mindset, I acknowledged both and learned to be grateful for those hard things. THIS is what pushed me out of the depths of my eating disorder.

I no longer hid anything. I was purposeful. motivated. and I understood that my experiences were a part of a bigger story.

Gratitude is extremely powerful. Be thankful for the good things, yes, but also be thankful for the hard things. Push yourself to recognize, acknowledge, and thank your struggles / battles / hard circumstances. Because THAT is what is going to push you to the other side.

Interested in reading more about my eating disorder journey? I've shared my experience here.


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