I once thought that recovery from an eating disorder (ED) was all I would need to feel good about myself, but the actual truth was this:
My not feeling good enough was a problem I had way before I had an eating disorder.
Eating disorders and low self-esteem
One of the characteristics of someone with ED is low self-image (Forsén Mantilla, 2014). If you are struggling with eating disorder behaviors, you may be able to relate to this. I personally found that, in order to change my own negative self-image in recovery, I would need to cease some of the old behaviors that perpetuated my sense of not being enough.
In recovery, I discovered several ways to boost my self-image. Here are some of the practices that I implemented; you may find them helpful, too: