Answering Google’s Top 4 Questions about Anorexia Recovery

There is nothing more personal than a human and his or her search bar.

Everything from questions about bumps or weird rashes, to searching a past love interest — your search bar history reveals a lot about you.

And so I thought it would be interesting tonight to answer the top four questions Google is asked about anorexia recovery.

Because it’s true – the idea of recovery is a scary unknown for anyone trapped in the throes of an eating disorder. It’s time we shine some truth on the biggest questions about it, according to Google. – And one caveat – I’m not a doctor/therapist/dietician…I’m just a girl who is going strong in her 15th year of recovery from a horrid disease that nearly took my life.

Answering Google's top four questions about recovery from an eating disorder! Recovery can be a scary unknown to those battling an eating disorder, and I'm here to shed some light on the truth! #edrecovery #recovery #eatingdisorder #anorexia #mentalhealth #healing #bodyimage #bodypositive #wellness #catholic
  1. How long is recovery from anorexia?
    Recovery is a lifelong journey. There will never be a time that you aren’t in recovery from anorexia. Which may, from the surface, sound a bit depressing…but the truth is that every single day, you’re going to have to wake up and choose recovery. Choose life. Which, once you get the “ball rolling” in recovery, becomes a bit of a “no-brainer.” But the thief — ‘ED’, aka your eating disorder — can show up without warning, and comes only to steal, kill and destroy. So you’ve always got to stay diligent, stay alert, stay focused and keep your toes pointed down the recovery road!
  2. Does your body go back to normal after anorexia?
    The long and short answer is, yes and no. That is the ultimate goal, but after such a sustained period of starvation and lack of nutrients, you’ve got to pray that the damage wasn’t irreversible. For example, bone health — I developed early onset osteopenia, which thankfully I have restored to normal, healthy levels. Another area that is often irreversible is dental health…especially in people who are bulimic. Thankfully, that was not something I battled, so I don’t have to deal with that. However, my reproductive system took over a decade to fully heal. It took me until I was 30 to have my first period, because of the stress my anorexia had on my reproductive system. I thank God every day that I am now healthy in that regard. Other little things: I have pretty thick “arm hair” because I spent literally years with such a low body temperature, so there’s that…And since my puberty was stunted right from the jump by literal starvation, I’m not the most “well endowed belle at the ball…”

    But yes – your body should be able to recover after such a traumatic season — albeit slowly. By its very nature, you will gain weight, causing you to look different from your unhealthy, underweight self – but that weight gain is beautiful and necessary for recovery. Initially the weight gain will be around the trunk of the body, to protect the internal organs, as they have been under great distress and their protective insulation has been consumed by the body as fuel. So initially the weight gain will be there, but with consistent, adequate nourishment, that will all even itself out. 🙂

    Lastly, it’s important to remember that the mind is also recovering from a warped sense of reality when it comes to body image. Body dysmorphia is a real thing, and so any weight gain will automatically not look “normal” from the get go, but trust that your mind will ultimate heal as well….it won’t be a fast process, but it eventually will perceive reality as it is.
  3. What happens in recovery from anorexia?
    This answer could be a book! But I will keep it to a few bullet points, so as to limit my wordiness.
    • I will preface this by saying that the best place for recovery to start is at an inpatient facility, under the supervision of medical professionals. Refeeding a starving body must be done safely, so as not to send the body into refeeding syndrome, which can be fatal. Your vital stats should be monitored throughout the day.
    • You first and foremost focus on weight restoration.
    • You work on your relationship with food: tackling fear foods, learning to enjoy the tastes of foods, and getting used to eating appropriate sized-meals and snacks at regular intervals, without food rituals or engaging in ED behaviors.
    • You should develop an accountability team: a person or team you trust to bring your “realness” to — be it your struggles, your victories. This is ideally a professional team with a doctor, therapist and dietician. Also, having a trusted friend or family member with whom you can confide in is instrumentally helpful.
    • You work on your relationship with yourself, and unpack all the destructive inner messages that you’ve come to believe, that have led to the development of the disorder. For me, that message — or lie — was that I was unworthy of love, and a burden. It is necessary to identify the lie, and replace it with the truth.
    • This is the cornerstone of recovery: finding where to draw your strength and courage. Jesus is the one, true answer to a life free from ED. I fully believe that anorexia is none other than spiritual warfare, and so to drown out the lies being thrown to us by the enemy that we’re worthless, unlovable, full of shame, fat, a disappointment, abandoned — all those lies that contributed to the development of the eating disorder, need to be replaced with God’s truth: that we have immeasurable worth because we were created by God. That we are loved beyond our wildest imaginations. That we are forgiven of our past, and that we are given a new spirit – a new future – a new path, free from the shackles of ED.
    • You work on restoring the damaged relationships left in the wake of the eating disorder.
    • You learn to love life again.
    • You learn to allow love into your life again — from God, from yourself, from others and from a romantic partner.
  4. What are your chances of recovery from anorexia?
    Full recovery IS POSSIBLE!!! It is absolutely possible, and something that is far more precious that you could ever imagine. Recovery takes perseverance, because there will absolutely be days where you want to throw in the towel and revert back to your “old ways” and engage in different behaviors. There may even be a period of relapse. But the important thing to remember is that, you’re going forward. You’re choosing life. You’re choosing recovery.

    When I was in the throes of anorexia — 78 pounds, on death’s door, and completely consumed by the darkness, I never dreamed that the life I’m living now would be possible. I’m healthier than I’ve ever been — and 100% in my weight range, I have a healthy relationship with exercise, my body image issues have subsided, I have a beautiful relationship with God – with my family – with food, I’ve forgiven my past, and best of all — I’ve allowed myself to receive love again, and I’m engaged to the most wonderful man. None of which I ever could have imagined would be possible. But it IS!! And surrendering my recovery to Jesus was the number one reason why all these realities have come to be: because He wants to give us a life of abundance, to the full!
Answering Google's top four questions about recovery from an eating disorder! Recovery can be a scary unknown to those battling an eating disorder, and I'm here to shed some light on the truth! #edrecovery #recovery #eatingdisorder #anorexia #mentalhealth #healing #bodyimage #bodypositive #wellness #catholic

So there you have it!

I do hope that those answers have shed some light on the “brain busters” of the internet when it comes to recovery.

All kidding aside though, the decision to embark on recovery was the absolute best decision of my life. And not a day goes by that I’m not grateful to have said YES to life those 15 years ago at inpatient.

It is my deepest prayer that anyone reading this, who may be in a similar place that I was long ago, will know that a life of freedom is out there, waiting for you, and that you deserve to live it — FREE FROM ED!!

Answering Google's top four questions about recovery from an eating disorder! Recovery can be a scary unknown to those battling an eating disorder, and I'm here to shed some light on the truth! #edrecovery #recovery #eatingdisorder #anorexia #mentalhealth #healing #bodyimage #bodypositive #wellness #catholic

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30 thoughts on “Answering Google’s Top 4 Questions about Anorexia Recovery

  1. Wow man, that’s a serious list of questions and answers, Caralyn! Fifteen years is so fantastic, and beautiful too! You are a very special woman in so many wonderful ways, Caralyn. Your husband-to-be is a lucky guy! Have a great week. 🙏🏻❤️😎

    1. Thank you John! I appreciate that – yeah 15 years…quite a journey! I appreciate God’s deliverance! hahah you’re too kind! Hugs and love xox

  2. Wisdom as always-useful wisdom Recovery and faith and a future with a believer. God has certainly blessed you in His time. Congrats and thank you for your continuing support for many and the willingness to share your story and your life. Just remember it’s ok to keep some just for you. John

    1. Thank you John, that is a very kind thing to say. God has delivered me from that darkness, and for that I am so grateful! And that is great advice 🙂 Hugs and love xox

    1. Hi HJ! Oh my gosh, you are so kind to say that. i appreciate it 🙂 Hugs and love xox

  3. So very proud of you! Great realistic and encouraging list for those needing the valuable information. I love you, my beautiful friend. Hugs! XO😃❤️

    1. Hi Tonya! oh gosh, thank you my dear friend! i pray that this falls into the right hands! 🙂 love you, beautiful! i hope you have a beautiful evening! hugs! xoxo

  4. I wouldn’t trust Google for the time of day. Just sayin’…..
    Thank you for your testimony, your encouragement, and sharing your story.

    1. Thank you Myron, yeah the internet is the wild west these days! hahah Hugs and love xox

  5. What a wonderful and encouraging post about a subject that is often difficult for people to accept or even talk about.
    I am really fortunate that I have never really suffered with an eating disorder although when I diet I tend to go over the top and will have a couple of days a week when I don’t take the recommended calorie intake.
    I also never really appreciated how much your body is impacted upon apart from watching documentaries on people like Karen Carpenter, I was a huge fan.
    I’m grateful that you are here to share your journey and for the inspiration that you are because of your willingness to share your journey.
    Congratulations on your 15 years in recovery and I wish you well for the future and your upcoming wedding 💑 🙏💙

  6. Carolyn such an enlightening post. You have really educated me about eating disorders. A journey which starred as a friend of my daughter actually died in her teens of an eating disorder. She will never get to travel, get engaged or do any of the other wonderful things you do. Praise God for your parents and that inpatient facility. To think of all that would have been lost to the world, had you not made it.

  7. Hey Caralyn 🙂

    I would simply like to point out that there is *NOTHING* personal about *ANYTHING* from the big G (Google 😉 ) … whether the search bar, or YouTube, or GMail, or ANY service brought to you by the Alphabet company (which also includes brand names they have bought up, like FitBit and so on) — ALL of these services collect ALL of the data you enter into them (and probably ANYTHING entered into their Chrome browser and Android phones) … in order sell this data for marketing purposes (and / or to governments and similar “spying eyes”).

    It is a widespread misconception that this informstion is private. IT ISN’T. Anyone who uses these services has agreed to the corresponding Alphabet company’s TOS documents.

    I usually refer to this as a literacy issue. Most people are simply not aware that this selling of your information is how Google (and other Alphabet companies) make money (and they do it a LOT — like AROUND THE CLOCK).

    You yourself shared “The Social Dilemma” documentary movie — remember? I think most people think OTHER companies do this kind of stuff, but Google / Alphabet does it more than all other companies on the planet!

    🙂 Norbert

  8. Such encouraging and down-to-earth comments on a serious disorder. Had to send it to a friend whose niece is dealing with this. Prayers that a LOT of hurting young women will read this!

    1. Thank you so much for such a kind response. I appreciate you passing it along. It is my deepest prayer that my posts — especially about the disease — end up in the hands of someone who needs it. So thank you for being that liaison. 🙂 Praying for her, and praying with you!! big hugs xox

  9. Thanks for raising awareness about eating disorders. 15 years in recovery is an incredible achievement, I know it must have taken much hard work and determination. Really glad you’re in a much better place now and can look forward to a bright future. Having done outpatient treatment on two different occasions to start my recovery I would say that inpatient treatment isn’t essential (unfortunately it’s not accessible to everyone). But you do need the support of doctors and health professionals.

    One thing I would say is would you think about not putting your lowest body weight in these blog posts? Weights can be really triggering in recovery. And I know when I’m in the middle of a relapse I would read that and the ED would say that I didn’t deserve help or wasn’t ‘sick enough’ because I weighed more than 74 pounds. For this reason our media guidelines in the UK are to not include weights (https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/media-centre/media-guidelines). I completely get that what you’re trying to say is that if you can be that ill and then recover that anyone can. But you do a wonderful job of articulating that anyway without needing to include your body weight.

  10. Congratulations on your long-lasting recovery. Never known anyone with anorexia, but I understand it is a very critical disease. (Some might say condition, but it most certainly is a disease and a dangerous one…) 👏🏻

    1. Thank you so much friend. Yes – it is a very critical disease. it is a mirror image of alcoholism, because it is something that will always stay with you, and everyday you must choose recovery, and choose life. it gets easier with time, but it is something that you will always battle. I am so grateful for God’s healing presence in my life. thanks for your encouraging words. Hugs and love xox

  11. I love this post. I am struggling with my weight and my ED again. However, my husband is so supportive. I’ll get to where I want to be. Have a great weekend. 🙂

    1. I’m praying for you Amanda! hang in there my friend. You are so worth recovery. Keep fighting. keep listening to God’s voice. Keep resisting ED’s lies. You got this. I believe in you and am cheering you on! Hugs and love xox

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