Episode 59: Choosing Recovery with Kathryn
Kathryn is a 31-year-old woman who enjoys cooking, hosting friends, teaching music, and getting lost in nature. Best known for her big heart and passion for life, she lives in a larger body and advocates for people to take up more space. Kathryn joins us in this episode of Peace Meal to share her eating disorder story, including how living in a larger body has impacted her recovery.
For over 20 years, food was the center of Kathryn’s life. She kept trying to figure out what was happening on her own, blaming herself for her struggles. After talking with the people closest to her, she decided to seek help even though she didn’t have a lot of hope that anything would work.
As soon as Kathryn reached out for help, however, she says it felt like a “warm hug.” In speaking with an eating disorder specialist, she discovered that she did, in fact, have an illness. It was not her fault. While she experienced many barriers throughout her recovery living in a larger body, she grew to learn that all food is good food and that you should take up as much space as you need. With the support of her treatment team, friends, and family, she learned how to take care of herself, live as the most authentic version of herself, and make sure all her needs are met.
- How a decades-long struggle with food led to an eating disorder diagnosis
- The possible obstacles of the eating disorder recovery process
- How our culture invalidates eating disorders, especially if the person is in a larger body
- What it’s like to be in an eating disorder treatment group as the only person in a larger body
- The importance of taking up the space you need
In Kathryn’s words:
- On her relationship with food before recovery: “Food was my higher power. It affected my emotions. It controlled everything. Food was always the focus… It was suffocating.”
- On life in recovery: “Freedom is probably the best word. I energetically take up all the space that I need. I make sure that my needs are met… I just get to be me. There are no more lingering clouds of doubt… I just get to live now.”
- On her advice to someone currently struggling with an eating disorder: “Choose healing above anything else…. Living life the way you have been and choosing a path of recovery… Both are hard, but choose healing.”
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