Name: Brittany Jane
About Brittany Jane:
Holistic nutritionist and therapist specialising in eating disorders, and also a secondary school teacher in my spare time.
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
It helped me to realise I was not alone. It is a community of voices who recognise that their struggles are valid, and they are worthy of support.
Where are you in your recovery journey?
I am now fully recovered and manage my own in-person and online recovery platform, to help other people find the freedom I now have, after ten years of suffering and believing there was no hope.
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
To keep choosing recovery every day, until it is not a choice any more, but a way of being.
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
You are so much more than a body. Physical beauty, however it’s defined by the society you’re in, isn’t important to the actual living of your life. You may think it is, and others may try to reinforce this, but in fact, it’s bullshit. Your value as a human is more than your ability to fit into made-up societal beauty standards that were created to control us. We don’t need beauty standards and you are not an ornament for others to admire. You are a person with a life to live, dreams to fulfil, gifts to give.
Share some of your recovery insight.
Accepting your body doesn’t mean never having negative thoughts or feeling 100% okay in your skin. It means trusting that no matter what you look like, what you weigh, or how your body compares to other people’s, that you still have value. That you still have a right to exist in the world exactly as you are. That you still deserve love and kindness. You are not your body or your weight.
You are the things you’re passionate about and the people you love. You are the stories you tell and the jokes that make you laugh so hard that you start to cry. You are your favourite songs and books and films. You are the obstacles you’ve overcome and your capacity to endure and survive. You are the moments that make you smile and the way you make other people feel. You have a unique set of strengths and talents and gifts to offer the world. Things that you, and only you, can share. And no matter what your body looks like or how you feel about it, you’re important and you matter and you deserve to take up space.
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
They say sometimes the hardest person to walk away from is the person you’ve always assumed you were. It takes great strength to evolve. But remember this: if an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends; if broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside. That is the strength of human courage and determination. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.