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By Grace Davies

In her hopeful and inspiring Mother's Day poem about recovery, guest blogger Grace Davies reminds us to relish in all of the important steps we've taken along the way, and that true recovery is possible for all of us: "There are many of us who walked the path before you and we will guide the way. / Keep going, keep dreaming and most importantly: keep living."

Mother’s Day Brunch (BUFFET) - A Celebration of Recovery

It’s a mixture of joy and disbelief
A strange sensation - uncharted territory.
REAL Recovery.

All of a sudden, I arrived and I didn’t even know how I got here.
Previously, in my wildest dreams I could not have known this to exist.

Suddenly, I'm here.

I enjoy freedom around food,
paired with a deep inner trust.

My world feels safe and secure.
I know how to set boundaries and cope with challenges.

I know how to relax
It all surmounts to joy.

Suddenly I’m living my life.

It seems so funny to look back on each stage.

The therapies, group support, individual support, medical support, meal plans, letting go of meal plans, volunteering, activism - bleeding hearts.

Absolutely amazing community support.
After it all, I’m celebrating success!

The whole process was a symphony of collaboration -
Teams of helpful people at my side
And on my own part, the deep self-honesty and will to keep going.

A year and a half ago someone told me that intuitive eating was possible.
I thought it was crazy - for “normal” people maybe but not me.

And after a long period of trial and error-
Today I’m celebrating tuning into my cravings,
nourishing my body and soul with just the right foods for me.

Suddenly I’m looking in the mirror with nice things to say.
Suddenly I’m relaxed around food, friends and family -
even when they happen at the very same time! (WOW)

This is a message for anyone who wants recovery but isn’t sure if it’s possible.
I now know what it tastes like, and I promise it’s real.

This is a message for anyone who wants recovery but isn’t sure if it’s possible.
I now know what it tastes like, and I promise it’s real.

I’ve been where you are, I know the despair.
One day at a time my dear, you can do it.

There are many of us who walked the path before you and we will guide the way.
Keep going, keep dreaming and most importantly: keep living.

Through the action of pursuing your own life suddenly the ED will disappear.
Without force, without fight all of a sudden you will notice it’s gone.

Your life, your joy - your passion is most important.
Stay true to yourself each step of the way.

Someday you might find yourself in my shoes.
Although I do like to take them off. (see me in the photo with my shoes off!)

Someday you too will be free.

Photo 1 by Neil Thomas on Unsplash

Photo 2: Grace and family at Mother's Day Brunch


Grace Davies is recovered from orthorexia and binge eating. She spends most of her time teaching and practicing yoga in Victoria and or hanging out in bare-feet, somewhere on a gulf island. She also writes and meditates, and you can find more info at www.gracedavies.ca

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