"Despite the sense of inescapable slavery, there is redemption. Life can start over and you don't have to be isolated, held hostage, and psychologically tortured." – Robin Phipps Woodall

When the safety of being loved and accepted requires fat loss and food restriction, our most vital psychological and physical needs to survive are threatened. The need for human connection and the need for food are put at war with each other, awakening ancient life and death mechanisms that feels like a fight for life. 

When the safety of being loved and accepted requires fat loss and food restriction, our most vital psychological and physical needs to survive are threatened. The need for human connection and the need for food are put at war with each other, awakening ancient life and death mechanisms that feels like a fight for life. 

If you've sought treatment for your eating disorder you were probably told:

  • It's genetic and you will battle urges to binge and diet the rest of your life.

  • You have an addiction or a disease, and its a matter of time before you relapse. You are powerless. 

  •  Treatment takes months, years, or a lifetime.

  • You should take an anti-depressant (even though you KNOW it won't get rid of your desire to lose weight or binge).

  • You must eat on a schedule so that you NEVER get hungry.

  • You must restrict grain, gluten, avoid sugar at ALL cost. 

  • You have "Leptin Resistance" and that's why you can't stop eating.

The reason you are told these things is because the recovery program you worked with didn't fully grasp the root causes of an eating disorder and how disorienting it is to the individual.

Encouraging someone with an eating disorder to diet, force feed, restrict food, or to weigh themselves exposes a misunderstood and short-sighted awareness of how eating disorders develop and what it takes to recover.

It's not that the treatment is trying to make you fail they just don't know any better...yet. 

For the past 50 years eating disorders have been approached as a genetic and personal psychological problem, with very poor recovery rates. This is why clinics claim, no matter what they do, you will NEVER recover. But with a better understanding of the social implications, the paradigm is changing. Eating disorders might actually be a social-syndrome.

"Life begins when you choose to inhabit your body and the vulnerable realness of it. Like telling a hard truth, there is an unavoidable exposure to your humanity revealing the flesh of a mammal, its alignment with life, and its eventual death."

"By inhabiting the body you accept that cycle of life and death, and you accept the body can do the job, relieving you from the burden of managing it like you are GOD."

"You can trust that it is capable of staying alive, giving you relief from that management – setting your soul free to be experienced and expressed."

"Give the body credibility for its existence on this planet. By nature of its miraculous ability to sustain life, you have the grace to express the soul, with very little condition. You are free to honor the life of the soul worthy of real, true, magical experience." 

–Robin Phipps Woodall