Everyone told me I looked great, but they had no idea how I truly felt.

The summer of 2008 was when I first dabbled with running.

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This is when my mindset about food started to shift. I decided to ditch the scale and to go by how my clothes fit instead. As the years go by, I find myself getting stronger and more confident in who I am.

In 2009, I started up my own business and started being good to my body again. I appreciate my body (most of the time, I’m not perfect though) and what it does for me each day.

After entering recovery and getting professional help, I’m now at a place where I don’t count calories or restrict my intake.

I eat a plant-based diet that makes me feel amazing and I do activities that I enjoy, not to burn calories.

Exam stress, living in a dorm, and new social opportunities led to late-night binges, alcohol, and unhealthy cafeteria food. I lost a bit of weight, but I was still struggling and going up and down on the scale. We moved to Toronto because I got accepted into graduate school for psychology.

I lost a lot of weight- but not in a healthy way- due to the stress of grad school and the demands that it brought.

If you saw me, you probably wouldn’t have thought that I was suffering as much as I was.

Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and much of the grief is mental.

I had amenorrhea for a couple years because my body fat was too low to function.