not-alone

Recently I had a friend ask me why I was willing to share as much as I do online
The question surprised me, mainly because I thought it was obvious, but in case it is not…
When I was in the height of my eating disorder I read three types of books: nutrition books, personal development/psychology books and non-fiction books written by people who had eating disorders or who struggled with food
I remember the first time I read a book where the author shared in detail of her challenges and behaviors around food
I was shocked that someone would share in that way
I thought to myself I could NEVER do such a thing
It was just so embarrassing and shameful, I couldn’t imagine ever letting anyone see this part of me
I spent my time trying hid it as best I could, while working furiously to get rid of it
Frankly, I felt like I was possessed most of the time
Reading other people’s stories of struggle and triumph was one of my few reliefs
For the first time in a long time I felt hope, and like I wasn’t losing my mind and I wasn’t alone
I started to get that my hiding wasn’t helping and I made a deal with the universe
I promised that it I got out I would help others get out
Anyone who knows me, knows I am committed, persistent and rather compulsive when it comes to keeping my promises
So here I am, keeping my promise
My hope is that my sharing does what other’s sharing’s have done for me
I really want people who are struggling with an eating challenge – or any challenge for that matter
To know:
You are not alone
You are not crazy
You are not broken
And there is a always a way out
Always

❤ Emily Joy Rosen

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.