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Top 19 Eating Disorder Recovery Quotes (+FREE Eating Disorder Journaling Prompts PDF)

ED Recovery Quotes

On those days you feel most tempted to give in to the struggle of an eating disorder, listening to those who have been where you are but got through it, can be exactly what you need.

Below are some of the best inspirational Eating Disorder recovery quotes.

Eating Disorder Recovery Quotes

1. “When I was younger, I thought I had to look like everyone else, but I learned that beauty comes from how you feel about yourself. Once I started taking care of my mind, body, and soul, I realized that I didn’t need to conform to what’s ‘normal’ and started to love myself.” – Demi Lovato

2. “’Sometimes it’s okay not to be okay.’ This quote encapsulates the eating disorder treatment process for me as a clinician because once a patient realizes that it is okay to not always be okay—that it is okay to not be perfect—that is when a lot of the work starts. At this point, I have seen patients allow themselves to be vulnerable in the recovery process, to feel pain and discomfort—which only propels them closer to recovery. It is when this happens that hope shines through and patients are able to see how pain and discomfort can transform them in positive ways.” -Leslee Marcom, PhD, CEDS, Clinical Director at Eating Recovery Center, Dallas

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3. “Eating disorders are insidious and subtly manipulative. The behaviors that initially feel like relief are the same ones that will eventually ruin you.” ― Brittany Burgunder

4. “Even if you do initially start out with a keen intention to ‘fight’ your disorder, to fight for your health and your life, it’s not a decision you make once and for all, but thousands and thousands of smaller decisions throughout the day.” ― Evanna Lynch

5. “Healing requires you to be vulnerable and strong at the same time.” ― Brittany Burgunder

6. “Hold yourself back, or heal yourself back together. You decide.”― Brittany Burgunder

7. “I think the most successful and accomplished people are those who can show courage and admit they can’t do it alone. It’s pointless to struggle silently behind a fake smile.” ― Brittany Burgunder

8. “If you hold on to any part of your eating disorder, you are always one step away from a relapse.” ― Brittany Burgunder

9. “I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too…No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you.” – Lady Gaga

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10. “It is called a disorder for a reason. Because it makes no rational sense. It’s completely counterproductive and, the saddest part, it is also dissatisfying and damaging.” ― Callie Bowld

11. “Needing help doesn’t have a look, but asking for it always looks beautiful.” ― Brittany Burgunder

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12. “Not all battles are visible and neither are the victories.” ― Brittany Burgunder

13. “Recovery is full of ups and downs. There is no such thing as a linear life. But you can always turn your setbacks into setups to come back stronger.” -Brittany Burgunder

14. “Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.” ― Brittany Burgunder

15. “Recovery is hard. Staying in your disorder is Hell.” ― Brittany Burgunder

16. “The very ironic, almost laughable thing about all of this, is that all the punishment and pain you’re inflicting on yourself is an infinitely harder way to accomplish your end goal of looking and feeling good.” ― Callie Bowld

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17. “There is a type of bravery and courage that cannot always be seen. It’s a bravery that you have to choose for yourself. You use it in the little, seemingly insignificant choices and decisions you make each day. You keep making these tiny, good choices over and over until you realize your whole life is different and the hero who saved you is yourself.” ― Brittany Burgunder

18. “You don’t have to preserve your pain in order to prove that it was real.” ― Brittany Burgunder

19. “Your ideal weight is a collection of experiences, feelings, ambitions, and mental processes. It’s a space that is fluid, ever-changing, and abstract. There is no numerical relation to what is best. Instead, you must live your life free from numerical restraints. An ideal weight is not one you can predict, choose, or write down as a digit. Rather, it’s a place you reach by thinking very little about your body at all. You reach it without realizing it, You reach it without micromanaging it, You reach it without judgement. And you reach it seemingly by accident while living your life to its fullest every day.” ― Brittany Burgunder

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By Hadiah

Hadiah is a counselor who is passionate about supporting individuals on their journey towards mental well-being. Hadiah not only writes insightful articles on various mental health topics but also creates engaging and practical mental health worksheets.

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