What is Real Recovery?

I’m writing this post today as I feel there is a misconception as to what so called “real recovery” is on social media sites such as instagram.

On instagram real recovery seems to be classed as following the minnie maud guidelines, always listening to hunger cues and cravings and being positive at all times.


Real recovery is doing the best you can on any given day. Fighting your eating disorder one meal or snack at a time. Some days it may be listening to hunger cues and cravings and others it may be restricting because you really can’t do anything else. And THAT IS OKAY. That is fine so long as you pick yourself back up the next day, the next meal even.

What I’m saying is that recovery isn’t all glamorous it isn’t all positive. And you can struggle and be in “real recovery” you can be negative when in “real recovery.” So long as when you are struggling you pick yourself back up and never give up.

Real recovery is continuing to fight even though your heads a mess and the world seems to be turning against you. That is what real recovery is.

6 thoughts on “What is Real Recovery?

  1. Valerie December 18, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Yes! So true. Recovery isn’t perfect and you are going to have good and bad days.

  2. Discoverecovery December 21, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    I love this. It’s so discouraging looking online and seeing all these sunshine and rainbows posts about how wonderful recovery is and they never seem to struggle at all. It makes me feel like my attempts at recovery have failed miserably and that I’m never going to be happy.
    Because of this, I try to be as real about my struggles as I can on my blog. It’s great to share my successes and progress, but I’m also going to be completely honest about my failures and relapses and daily struggles.
    Thanks for posting this; it truly is one of the most important things to remember in online recovery communities.

    • Recover_live_love December 21, 2015 / 3:58 pm

      Thanks. I feel exactly the same way when I see someone constantly being positive about it all. It’s so much better to be honest.

  3. Laurie's Gentle Healing Notes January 3, 2016 / 3:38 am

    Love this. Couldn’t have said it better. I feel that way about a lot of theories and programs of how to train our minds, etc. Yep. That is the real right there. Love and blessings, Laurie

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