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January 8, 2024

5 Recovery Lessons From 5 Years of Peace Meal

5 Recovery Lessons From 5 Years of Peace Meal

Our Peace Meal podcast is five years old! Since January 2019, we’ve had the honor of sharing personal stories and expert insights that inform, inspire, and support listeners on the journey to eating disorder recovery. Join us in marking this milestone by reflecting on key takeaways from five years of episodes. Hold these lessons close as you, your loved one, or your patient navigate the path toward healing.

1. Each eating disorder and recovery journey is unique

After nearly 90 episodes, it is clear that eating disorders and recovery are as unique as the people navigating them. No two journeys unfold alike, each colored by identity, temperament, life experiences, co-occurring conditions, and other intersecting factors. It is through embracing this diversity of experiences that we recognize the importance of treatment tailored to each person’s needs and challenges. Healing happens when a person is met where they are and given what they specifically need, not when they are forced onto a path someone else laid down.

2. Eating disorders are complex illnesses that require team treatment.

The diverse professional and lived experiences of our guests show that eating disorders require a team to treat. Harnessing the insights and perspectives of a multidisciplinary team allows for a comprehensive understanding of the intricate web of biological, psychological, and social factors that underlie these complex illnesses. Collaboration paves the way for lasting recovery.

3. Recovery is non-linear.

Forget the straight and narrow path. As our guests reveal, the road to recovery is a winding process marked by ups and downs, detours and setbacks. Just when it feels like progress is being made, obstacles arise, triggering old patterns or introducing new ones. But these lapses aren’t signs of failure or proof that recovery is unattainable. They’re just part of a healing journey, a process that takes time, patience, self-compassion, and continuous effort.

4. Healing happens in relationships. 

Across episodes, we hear that support is the lifeblood of eating disorder recovery. Those who have found freedom from the grip of these illnesses often credit their parents, partners, friends, and providers for providing the essential backing they needed to heal. This support helps to shatter the shame, stigma, and isolation that often accompany eating disorders.

5. Recovery is possible.

At the end of each recovery story, we ask guests what advice they’d give to someone doubting recovery. Without exception, they share that they have also experienced this uncertainty, and still, they are living proof that recovery is possible. No matter how long someone has been struggling, things can get better. No matter how many treatment experiences a person has had, things can get better. No matter what the eating disorder says, it is never too late to find a more peaceful relationship with yourself, your body, and food.

As we commemorate the fifth anniversary of Peace Meal, we encourage you to contemplate the recovery lessons our guests have shared. Whether you’re personally navigating the journey toward healing or supporting someone who is, let these lessons be a guiding light for the path ahead.

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About the podcast:

Peace Meal is a podcast hosted by The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative that covers topics related to eating disorders, body image, and how society may influence our thinking.

You can find Peace Meal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts. If you enjoy our show, please rate, review, subscribe, and tell your friends!

Are you interested in being a guest on Peace Meal? Email for more information.

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