I don’t have a pen name and I’m choosing to remain anonymous for the time being but one day I just might reveal who I am – guess you’ll have to keep coming back to find out. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this personal blog for public viewing as I sort myself out through the ups and downs, zigzags, predictability and unpredictability of eating disorder recovery.
It is important for you to know I am NOT a dietitian, doctor, psychologist, counsellor, nurse, or any other health care professional. I AM a person who has suffered from an eating disorder for a quarter of a century and have real and personal experience in the disorder and in recovery. I known a LOT about eating disorders and recovery AND I’m not a professional.
I have called this blog Other Specified Eating or Feeding Blog because as you may know there is an eating disorder diagnosis in the DSM V called Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED), which was formally called Eating Disorder Otherwise Not Specified (EDNOS). Basically, OSFED is a diagnosis given to individuals who don’t neatly fit the diagnostic criteria for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Binge Eating Disorder. Over the years I have at one point or another ‘fit into’ each of the aforementioned eating disorders, however I have most often resonated with, and currently resonate with, OSFED (formally EDNOS) due to the ever changing cyclical nature of my ED symptoms and weight. I have learned that as much as diagnoses are necessary and helpful they are also bullshit. They don’t matter. What matters is how much is your eating disorder affecting your everyday life and how desperate are you for recovery.
What You Can Expect From Other Specified Feeding or Eating Blog:
This is 100% a recovery focused blog. Although I may talk about symptoms from time to time it will always be recovery focused. This blog is a safe place; for me and for you. If you ever feel like it isn’t drop me a comment and I will do my best to make amends. There are enough unsafe places on the internet -I do not want to be part of that. You can expect to find a realistic recovery story and some coping tools as well as things I have learned in treatment and recovery. My hope is that you find this blog helpful to your own recovery as I find it helpful for mine.
Here’s my blogging schedule:
While in treatment we had to keep food records. I have kept these records and have hundreds of meals that meet a basic meal plan. I thought it would be fun to share them with you. I’ll write out the menus and maybe some basic recipes. I will also maybe share some thoughts/feelings I had at the time. Hopefully you find these fun and helpful. I know menu planning is stressful even at the best times of recovery, so my hope is that you can get idea’s from my #menumondays
Mid-Week Coping Tools:
I am incredibly fortunate to live in a country/city where excellent and renown Eating Disorder treatment is available and affordable. Each week (ideally on a Tuesday or Wednesday) I will share things I learned in treatment and although it will be helpful to everyone (myself included), I have a specific hope for those who are not able to access treatment.
Here, I pick a post I felt was well written, or that people seemed to really resonate with or like and re-post it.
At some point between Friday and Sunday you can expect an update from yours truly. These updates will be uncensored. Raw and Real.
Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment to let me know what YOU would like to see on here.