Eating Disorder Recovery
Joanna Poppink, MFT
Eating Disorder Recovery Psychotherapist
serving Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon and Utah.
All appointments are virtual.


If you suffer from an eating disorder now or have in the past, please email Joanna for a free telephone consultation.

99px Eleanor Roosevelt portrait 1933Recovering from an eating disorder means learning to cope with life demands without  your eating disorder standby behaviors.  When you stop the eating disorder you have gaps in your psyche. You don't have inner resources developed yet to see you through your challenges.
Looking to the hard won wisdom of people you admire to learn how they cope can seed your own psyche with inspiring words that help you develop the new inner support system you need.

See if any of these quotes speak to you.

"Our strength is often composed of the weaknesses we're damned if we're going to show." 

*pix  Eleanor Roosevelt 1933

Mignon McLaughlin author of The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963.

I can own up to this one.  Other people consider me a well organized person.  Hah.  Organization is my weakest suit.

But I have many systems in place that continually check and balance my poor organizational sense so my life works.  I look like I'm organized.  It's amazing to me that I can find things, that tasks get done on time, that my check book balances, that I have what I need for the occasion.  It's the systems I create to not let anyone see how truly disorganized I am that gets me through.

 Here's another that takes some hard looking.

"We write our own destiny.  We become what we do."

Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

Perhaps we only have evidence of how this relates to our lives in retrotspect. That can be a wake up call to the ramifications of how we are living now.

Write and you become a writer.  Give birth to a child. Abandon your child and the action can define you.  Mother your child and that shapes you as well.  Starve and you lived deprived.  Binge and you live frustrated with never enough.  Starve or binge, you create a barrier between you and the world of health and the life of enough.  But take positive action based on your authentic sense of value, morals and ethics and you will become a person you are glad to be.

And this one from the stalwart and courageous First Lady of the Depression and World War II.

"A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water."

Eleanor Roosevelt

What kind of a tea bag are you?  Can you look at your life, see the troubles you've had and recognize the strength you had to draw on to come through?  If you are alive and here and reading this, you came through. 

Illness? Financial troubles?  Legal woes? Life Disruption?  How have you done, and how are you doing?

What occurs to you when you look at your life through the perspective of these women's words? Can you feel your way to seeding a few of your gaps?

 *pix By Unknown - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3c08091, Public Domain,





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