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21 Powerful Eating Disorder Recovery Quotes

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Why Are Eating Disorder Affirmations Helpful? 

Having one or two solid eating disorder affirmations is critical for staying tuned in through the noise of eating disorder recovery. 

Simple eating disorder quotes or mantras you can recite over and over in your head can be the key to: 

  • Starting your eating disorder recovery journey
  • Staying motivated on the long journey to recovery 
  • Getting back on track after starting eating disorder behavior again 
  • Bringing yourself some peace in the darkest moments of ED recovery. 
  • Reminding yourself you are worth it when you’re experiencing difficult symptoms and mind shifts in weight restoration phase of recovery. 
  • Strength pillars you can pull on when the eating disorder voice gets loud 

When we are recovering from an eating disorder, not everyone is going to get it.  

Since most of the world is invested in diet culture, we can feel alone if we’re not surrounded by our support team or people that get what we’re going through. 

In these moments, sometimes it’s important that we serve as our own allies.  That we become the person we can whisper to and trust when the rest of the world just doesn’t get it. 

Pick one or two of these eating disorder quotes that resonate with you so that the most important person on your recovery team (you) always has a defense mechanism. 

Eating Disorder Recovery Quotes

There are many stages in eating disorder recovery. Sometimes it can feel like the journey is never-ending.  

These quotes can help us feel inspired, even in our darkest moments of recovery. Especially if we are feeling hopeless, and like we can’t “rationalize” ourselves out of our own thoughts. 

  1. Relax nothing is under control
  2. I have already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am free -Georgia Keefe
  3. I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened -Mark Twain 
  4. It’s okay to not be fine today
  5. Practice makes practice (I like to akin this to playing a song.  We don’t play a song to get to the end of the song.  We are there to experience the journey. And nothing is ever perfect.  We learn and grow and change constantly. When we learn to experience the journey in recovery we can find peace). 
  6. I love you. I trust you. And I believe in you.
  7. Beauty starts in your head 
  8. My body is not a currency for attraction 
  9. My eating disorder thrives in my silence 
  10. I deserve to take up this space 
  11. I refuse to settle for a shrunken life by trying to shrink my body 
  12. My worst eating disorder day does not erase any of the progress I have made 
  13. I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them. -Pablo Picasso 
  14. I’ve mastered survival mode. Now it’s time to live. 
  15. Thoughts aren’t facts
  16. I don’t have to pursue “health” to be worthy of respect, compassion, acceptance, and love. 
  17. I am a gentle observer of my thoughts 
  18. Mediocre is always trying to pull people back to mediocre 
  19. I’m accepting what it is, as it is, without trying to fix it. 
  20. My body is not the problem 
  21. My body needs food every day no matter what.
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Ways To Keep My Favorite Eating Disorder Affirmations Top Of Mind 

Too often we hear words that make us feel powerful that go by the wayside the next time an obstacle arises. 

Let’s keep the power in your favorite eating disorder quotes.  To keep these Eating disorder  affirmations for recovery at the fore-front of your mind try: 

  • Using post-it notes to tag your favorite ones around your home
  • Use mirror markers to tag your favorite affirmation on a mirror or window 
  • Use your email or phone to set reminders for the quotes to pop up at certain days/times
  • Commit to saying the mantra allowed each morning or writing it repeatedly in a journal 
  • Post these eating disorder affirmations in your day planner 
  • Tape your favorite quotes to your laptop 
  • Keep your eating disorder affirmations on your refrigerator
  • Use a website like Canva to tag your favorite eating disorder quote onto an inspirational photo or blank canvas. 
  • Use your ED affirmation as your social media photo or background 

You can also collect a series of eating disorder affirmations or positive quotes as they resonate with you in your journey.  Write each one down on a post-it note and place it into a jar.  

When recovery gets tough, pull out your stored affirmations. 

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What ED Recovery Affirmations Have Inspired You? 

There are so many powerful words out there that can serve as a light in the difficult path to eating disorder recovery. 

It’s important that whatever eating disorder affirmation you choose to help support you on your journey resonates with you on a deep level. 

The words that hold power in recovery will be different for everyone. Some eating disorder affirmations may feel fake or false.  

If you find your feeling like the eating disorder affirmation is “great for someone else, but doesn’t apply to your body or journey” than it may be best to leave those words alone for the time. 

It’s also important to note that as we change in recovery, the words we find inspiring may also change. 

What are some words that you have found powerful in your eating disorder recovery?  Drop them in the comments below. 

Shena Jaramillo. Registered Dietitian

Hi I'm Shena. I'm an eating disorders dietitian in Washington state. I hold bachelors degrees nutrition & dietetics, cultural anthropology & psychology. I believe in honoring your hunger, having your cake whenever you want it, and that critically analyzing diet culture can change the world!