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Let’s Talk About It: How We Recovered From Insane Eating and Bad Body Image

February 22, 2011
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Many of you have heard the basics of my story of recovering from chronic dieting and binge eating disorder. Recently, the National Organization of Women asked me to submit a short video for their “Let’s Talk About It” video campaign in support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. I was happy to oblige and hope their campaign will help get the word out that binge eating IS a disorder, and that there is hope! (To see more videosโ€”from folks like models Crystal Renn and Chenese Lewisโ€”or to find out how to make a video of your own, go here.)

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  1. Deanna permalink
    February 22, 2011 4:22 pm

    I don’ t even know quite what to say, but “Thank You” is always a good place to start. Your story is inspiring. Congratulations on your pregnancy. You look terrific and your smile reaches your eyes and glows all over.

    I am doing fairly well myself. Much better than a few years ago. But, like you, I really do want to kick this thing once and for all and live the second half of my life free and happy. Thanks for the reminder that it is possible, and for the nudge to keep working at it.

  2. February 22, 2011 6:00 pm

    Sunny, it’s so great getting to see you on camera! I just want to echo what Deanna said – your story is so inspiring! And you look gorgeous and radiant. You have such a soothing presence. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats on your pregnancy. I’m so happy for you!

    Thank you for sharing your story and being so honest. And for creating a great place here on Healthy Girl. I can’t wait for our e-interview. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • February 23, 2011 10:08 am

      Thanks Margarita! Yeah, when do you want to do it? The book comes out April 5, so if it could run sometime in April, that would be awesome. You can just email me directly, too: sunny@healthygirl.org

  3. February 22, 2011 8:20 pm

    I found your blog a few months ago, and reading your story was the first time I learned that full recovery was possible for someone like me. I can’t tell you how much hope you’ve given me. I’m taking a lot of the same steps you took – books, therapy, a support group, etc. – and although every recovery story is different, I take so much comfort in knowing that these steps led to success for you.

    I think the video synthesizes your story beautifully and will be a source of hope for many. Also, congratulations!!

    • February 23, 2011 10:06 am

      Thank you! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve gotten some comfort and hope from this. I never thought full recovery was possible either…till it happened! xo…Sunny

  4. Lucy permalink
    February 22, 2011 9:29 pm

    Thank you so much for posting your story! I just saw my nutritionist this evening, and we were talking about some “fine tune” adjustments for behaviors that, in someone without a history of an eating disorder, might not even be cause for discussion. But like you, I’d like to continue to work on achieving complete recovery, to keep working toward a place of peace with myself. Thank you for the inspiration to keep trying! Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  5. Rachael permalink
    February 23, 2011 12:19 am

    Love your work Sunny. Your name suits you, you are positively glowing!

  6. Jen in MN permalink
    February 23, 2011 3:18 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve ever commented here before, but I’ve been loving the content here on healthygirl.org for months now. I’m a 32 year old “girl” (-; who has a history of binge eating. I am a lot further along toward recovery than I thought I might be by now – but still such a work in progress. And I know that’s okay.

    I was thrilled to see your pregnancy news! Congratulations! I’m a mom of a 21 month old daughter, and let me tell you, it is an amazing ride. You look absolutely gorgeous and are definitely glowing! (-:

  7. Elyssa Davis permalink
    February 23, 2011 9:59 pm

    Thank you, Sunny. Thank you so much. I will get through this and you are a huge reason why.

  8. Lauren permalink
    February 24, 2011 2:26 pm

    I really want to say thank you as well. You are so inspiring and I am so thankful to have found HealthyGirl.org!

  9. February 24, 2011 8:52 pm

    Sunny that was beautiful! And congratulations on your pregnancy!!
    I relate to you on so many levels – the books and support groups also helped me immensely and I have been completely recovered for 4 years. It is such a blessing.
    It was a pleasure to watch your video!

    Nina

  10. Ostillio permalink
    March 6, 2011 3:12 pm

    Hi Sunny, didn’t expect you to look like this for some reason, had a totally different image in my head! I’m 20, been suffering from BED for a year now. Came across your blog not so long ago and I’m so glad i found it. Please keep up the articles on the regular, they give me strength, despite the fact im still struggling daily with bed.
    Great to hear your story and recovery, and soon you will have a new life to look after, how wonderful for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  11. Trish permalink
    March 7, 2011 9:07 pm

    Sunny! In case you don’t know, you have been a huge factor in my life change. I can’t thank you enough…and it’s great to see you on camera! Can’t wait for the book!!

  12. Julie permalink
    March 12, 2011 7:17 pm

    Hi Sunny!!

    I am a teenager.

    I just found out/realized that I had this disorder when I was reading the latest issue of Seventeen Magazine. There was an article called “Are you Addicted to Food?” and it talked about B.E.D. and I couldn’t help but relate. I had never heard of this before and I was shocked to say I have a disorder.

    At the bottom there was an advertisement for your book and I can’t wait until it comes out so I can read it!!! I am almost counting down the days I am so excited!! haha!

    Well I just want to thank you so much!! You are just amazing for doing this! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you!

    • March 17, 2011 3:03 pm

      Aw, thank you Julie! Please feel free to keep in touch here at HealthyGirl.org and let us know how you’re doing. We’re going to do a HealthyGirl.org online Book Club with my book in mid-April. I’ll wait till everyone has a chance to get their copy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Talk to you then, maybe? xo…Sunny

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