Gisela s Story
Port Charlotte, FL USA
"My name is Gisela. At the age of 24, I checked myself into an Eating Disorder Treatment Center as my last hope for recovery. I 'married' ED when I was in high school. No matter how much I tried to divorce him through different therapies, he always came back.
Quite frankly, until that moment on August 16, 2010, I wasn't sure if I'd ever want to or could let him go. I thought to myself, 'If they can't help me here, there is no hope for me at all.'
I was a dietitian helping others create healthy and sustainable relationships and lifestyles with food. However, I was battling my own demons. The thoughts were constant - all day, every day - on how to further restrict, exercise more, and fear food to not allow myself to enjoy it.
Treatment was the hardest thing I have ever done. Then, real life after treatment was even harder as I continued my recovery toward food freedom and mental health.
Seven years later, I cannot believe how far I have come. I am now married, a mom to a beautiful little girl, and a Nutrition Entrepreneur helping others create positive relationships with food and letting their bodies be intuitive as to what they desire most.
Having food freedom and divorcing ED was the best decision I ever made. The days are not always perfect, but a bad day no longer means a step back. A bad day is just a bad day and I keep moving forward from there.
ED is a stinker and he likes to try to come back every now and then, but I now have the mental health that I need to tell him to let me live my life happy and free."
*ED is a nickname commonly used for 'eating disorder'