The other day I searched #anorexiarecovery and #eatingdisorderrecovery and I was met with a ton of pictures of food. I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled...and it was only pictures of food, nothing else. As I clicked on several accounts, their account only had pictures of food.
Here’s the problem I have with excessive pictures of food on recovery accounts. It is good to eat while you’re in recovery. That is necessary and SO important. However, posting a ton of pictures of food on your recovery account doesn’t mean you’re recovering at all. You can post so many pictures of food to prove you’re “eating and recovering,” but posting a picture doesn’t mean you’re eating it or using behaviors...and eating food does not equal recovery.
You can have people making you follow your meal plan so you are eating and maintaining your weight, but that doesn’t mean your in real recovery. Eating disorders are MENTAL illnesses, not physical ones. You cannot just eat adequate amounts of food for a long time and be “recovered”, we all know that it’s not magic. You have to have the mentality for anything to really happen. Recovery is about embracing LIFE. It’s about wanting to reclaim your life back, to free yourself from the ed thoughts and become a healthy happy person. It is not “this is what I ate today and it was yummy.” If you’re in real recovery, you’re going to talk about life and your journey to get it back. You’re going to talk about your successes and your struggles, but not let the struggles get the best of you. You are not going to give up. Your recovery account should not just show people what and how much you’re eating, or a “rant” account. If you’re in real recovery, you’re in it to win it and while it’s okay to struggle, that’s not your goal or your purpose of the account. Your account should be to motivate you to recover as well as to motivate/inspire/help others.
Now I am not saying it’s never okay to post pictures of food, but do it in moderation. You should also include pictures of yourself and you reclaiming your life back, as well as quotes.
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