Good Bye 2014 Welcome 2015- Celebrating Recovery, Sorrow, Joy and Freedom

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Good Bye 2014 Welcome 2015

Recovery from Eating Disorder opens a world of possibilities.

I’m not going to allow my Binge Eating Disorder to define me anymore. 23 year old Male in Recovery.

Dear Readers,

This has been an amazing year with its sorrowfulness and greatness.

Eating Disorders are destructive and they Kill. I was very taken by the lack of understanding surrounding this illness in our society. Whether your a Muslim or a Non-Muslim, many held the same belief “just eat and spare us all this misery.” So many people believe key is in eating and letting go of stubborn pride and desire to have a thin body. How wrong are they?

Did you know the human body is very in tune with itself and usually it is right. For example, when our body tells us we are hungry, we should eat. When our body tells us we are tired, we should rest. However, when a person tries to give up anorexia, bulimia, binge eating or any other food related disorder, his body will tell him to use more. Going cold Turkey on Bulimia, Purging is possible but most people who have been using behaviors for years will suffer some kind of temporary withdrawals immediately after ceasing their addictive behaviors. Sometimes withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that relapse may occur or people may turn to other addictions and substance abuse. In many cases that person’s body or mind has become so used to the behavior that it has adapted to accommodate it. This is called physical dependence. Even though our bodies are usually right about telling us what we need, in the case of dependence it is wrong. Dependence causes a sufferer to feel confused, trapped, and sometimes even hopeless.

 Bottom Line there is hope!

Many recovered people (or in recovery) can attest to that, a  hope and freedom that anyone can have if he/she works at it: Freedom from Eating Disorder is possible!

So As we mark End of 2014, there’s a cause of celebration. 

How freeing oneself from the shackles of Eating Disorder can make the possibilities in life seem endless.

Sarah Naeim  a recovered anorexic from Egypt will Soon be Getting Married. She defeated the demon of ED through good nutrition, some quality exercise and self-belief that it was her limited beliefs that were wrong and not her body. You can read about her recovery here: Eating Disorders Egypt

Breaking the chains of ED rules and behavior is one of the hardest, most challenging undertakings ever.

Kiran Khan From Islamabad, Pakistan suffered from restrictive eating for six years. She embarked on a Journey to Recovery and Self-Discovery and restored her normal weight, her mind health  and got engaged to love of her life.  She’ll be getting married early next year. Congratulations. Pakistan Land of No ED

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We Celebrate Breaking the Prevalence of Secrecy in Eating Disorder

As an eating disorder progresses, so do the isolation and secrecy that accompany it.

A Young Student from Emirates broke her secrecy and confided her struggles to her Mother. After a year of food and body struggle, she finally made a decision to break away from triggering culture, social media, Instagaram, unfollow celebrities, delete all the Weight loss Apps, bid Adios to Clean Eating. She’s now preparing for her University Exams. I am so Proud of her. She said, “this living is not living, this is not reality, reality is when your happy and healthy and everyone else around you is in peace.”

 

A sufferer from Mali is recovering from her Anorexia, restrictive Eating by using On-line programs, online support groups and Complimentary Therapies. She taught many of us a very valuable lesson, when there’s a will there’s a way. In this digital age, nothing is Impossible. I had no idea that my controlled eating had me become entrenched in a negative cyclical behavioral pattern.

We Celebrate Supportive Courageous Carers

We celebrate a courageous father, who broke his silence on his daughter’s suffering and despite the wrath of society has embarked on a difficult journey to give his daughter a life she deserves to live.

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We Celebrate Supportive Mothers and their courage and their firm belief in defeating Eating Disorders till they are history.

We celebrate a father from Afghanistan, who feeds his daughter after every hour, so she can defeat the demon of Eating Disorder and live a happy healthy life.

 

We Celebrate People

Who’ve come to accept and acknowledge their illness and will be seeking treatment for their Eating Disorder.

We celebrate Sharing

Thank you so much for visiting this blog and sharing your stories with our readers. Some stories were hard to tell. At times I struggled putting them together but these stories need to be told. We need to break the secrecy surrounding this illness and really make people understand the trials and tribulations of this disease. Inshallah next year, I will be sharing more real life stories on this blog, some heart breaking and some full of hope and joy.

 

ED Recovery in Muslim Cultures

Like any other cultures, ED recovery in Muslim culture is impossible without the help of family, friends and support groups. The value and impact of support is overwhelming. By speaking to many sufferers, I realized that once parents, spouses, understood what the sufferer was going through, they made sure that a person gets the help they need. Eating Disorders thrive in secrecy, and because of close knit family structure, it becomes nearly impossible to engage in some of the ED behaviors.

A sufferer from Jakarta said, “Meal times are always family time, You have to eat with family, there’s no other way around it, my mother made me realize how socially unacceptable my behavior is, once I started to eat with family, eating became easy.We all ate the same thing.”

A Young Woman recovered from Bulimia said, “I couldn’t purge, because my mother would sit with me during and after meal times. First three weeks, I went insane, food was like rationed in small portions. But now today after two years of being bulimia free, I am so grateful for my mother’s support.”

2014 Was also a Year of Sorrowfulness

Wars, Diseases and Deaths.

I said Goodbye to My Dear Friend Jeanette Herbzg. She supported me in my Journey to Recovery. Thank you so much for all your messages of support, and for liking her Video on You tube.

RIP Jeannette Herbzg 22nd January 2014

My Tribute to her

Falling In Love in Israel

You Honour Me In Your Death

 

Tayibbah Taylor, An Editor of Azizah Magazine in America left our world. She was behind the publication of article on Anorexia Nervosa. Read a tribute here:  Tayyibah Taylor

 

Tayyibah Taylor 1952-2014

Tayyibah Taylor 1952-2014

A Sufi Singer Naseem Nahid, lost her husband. He was an inspiring figure, a great father who helped her with body image issues. You can read it here. Sufi Singers and Body Image.

Married for 21 years but then  he went  to Heaven to be with Our Merciful Rabb and His blessed Angels

Married for 21 years but then he went to Heaven to be with Our Merciful Rabb and His blessed Angels

You can read about him here: Inspirational Men in Recovery

A Young Man in his mid twenties died of sudden Cardiac Arrest. He was suffering from Binge Eating Disorder, which was never diagnosed. Deep condolences to his family and friends.

I was shocked to learn of Arielle Lee Bair’s loss. Arielle used to run a blog on Eating Disorders. She really was a source of strength for me when I was in Hospital. Her supportive Emails were perfectly timed and made defeating the Demon of ED seem very easy. Her husband Rick committed suicide on 18 May 2014. Acoording to Arielle: Tomorrow may bring pain, but it cannot steal my joy.

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2014 We celebrate New Life

 

Shaye Boddington a pioneer behind Bulimia Recovery is expecting a cute Angel. We wish her very best.

 

Another brilliant strong soul gave birth to a Beautiful Baby Boy in UK. She had a perfect pregnancy, because she ate for her health, her baby and her body and said Goodbye to Dieting. Congratulations.

 

New Joy

New Joy

My Pride

My Pride

Top Post of 2014

Dear Daughter Your Father’s Back is Broken. This Post broke all the records. It was the most viewed post of my blog. I want to Thank Everyone for liking this post and leaving positive feedback. It meant so much to many of us. I want to thank The British Asian Blog for first liking this post and giving such a positive feedback.

Dear Daughter Your Father’s Back is Broken

2015 Inshallah will be a Year of New Hope, New Dreams and New Aspirations. It will be Year where Many people will embark on a Journey to Defeat the Demon of Eating Disorder.  I will try my best to share what I can and Support whoever needs my support on their Journey to Recovery.

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

4 Comments

  1. Amazing post! I love having a fresh start, and what better a fresh start that an entirely new year? I hope that 2015 brings us one year closer to putting an end to eating disorders. Good luck to all who are on the road to recovery.

  2. Oooh I love the Laura Mercier Tinted Motesurisir – the only thing is it doesn't stay on long in the New Orleans heat which is a bummer, but its gorgeous! xjcx

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