I suffered from an eating disorder in my late teens / early twenties. At 5’ 5”, I weighed around 80 lbs for an extended period of time. I remember looking in the mirror and what I saw was a fat person looking back at me A condition that I now know is called body dysmorphia. Now I am eternally grateful that I didn’t damage my body so much during that period.
Fast forward… I don’t believe the anorexic part of you ever goes away. But I have learned to think of it as a friend. Around 35 years later I am still the same size as I was when I was 18 years old - a healthy 118 lbs. One of my biggest fears on my path to recovery was losing control, but with love and patience for myself, that never happened. I learned I could choose not to listen to my anorexic friend. I may still listen to her when I have eaten a huge Thanksgiving dinner and she is telling me to go for a long walk the next day.
I may still listen to her when work has been so busy that I have had to have “meals” from the vending machine and missed the gym for a week. But now I know when to say “enough” and tell her to stop talking as her voice does not serve me.
I would love to walk your path with you, to minimize the darker days and maximize the lighter days so that light wins over dark.
Rachel is a life coach who specializes in supporting clients with anxiety and depression, eating disorders and addictions. She is a non-judgmental ear who walks the path to recovery with her clients.
Born and raised in the South West of England, she lived in Rome for 5 years before moving to California over a decade ago. In March of 2018, she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she now runs her coaching practice.
Rachel trained as a co-active coach and now applies her project management skills in the health, spiritual and mindfulness spaces. She holds the vision of supporting clients to live their best possible life in relationship with themselves, their work, people in their life and the world community.