The Truth about Bloating in Recovery

This hits below the belt, that is where I feel it – what the mind will do to us and it doesn’t know it is killing itself!


Alright, truth time.

There’s an elephant in the room, and it has to do with refeeding in recovery. And that, my friends, is bloating.


This is an uncomfortable topic to talk about, because it has to do with body image. During recovery, we’re working on accepting our new body and learning to love it. We’re overcoming body dysmorphia, and #realtalk: we’re working on weight restoration.

Frankly, bloating makes progress in those departments rather difficult.

My biggest fear during weight restoration was that I was going to wake up one morning and just be massive. I was afraid that my body would just balloon out of control. There was so much anxiety about that allusive “weight range.”  I journaled about it a lot:

I am nervous and weary of how my body will be at the end of my stay [at inpatient]. I am scared that if it changes to a point beyond…

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  1. I realize that perhaps 90% here is shared from the world, here is another well written witness from a Sufferer of Anorexia for whom Christ is making all things alive.


  2. Thank you Br Andrew for sharing this. You’re right — the mind — when we take our gaze and our focus off of Christ, will lead us down the wrong path. It was only in Him that I found the strength to adopt recovery. And praise God for that. God is so good and to Him be the glory. Blessings xx


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