2-Year OA Recovery Coin

love2eatinpa, 08 January 2010, 5 comments
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TA DA!!! Look at what just arrived in the mail yesterday! (please pardon the terrible photography.)

2-year recovery coin back

2-year recovery coin front

 My daughter noticed the coin and asked me what it was. I stammered a bit because I didn’t want to tell her what it truly meant. I ended up just saying that it was a coin that mommy bought. I know, so lame, but I couldn’t think of anything better on the spot.

Nonetheless, I’m very excited to have it and while I couldn’t explain it to my daughter, I fully know what it means to me.

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5 Responses, Leave a Reply
  1. Jess
    09 January 2010, 11:12 am

    That is awesome!

    To be honest, your daughter probably already knows. I know my 11-year-old son sees my books all of the time, and he’s really happy I’m getting healthier (and not eating from his plate). When you are ready to share why you completely changed over the last two years (both body and attitude about food), I know she’ll be delighted to hear that you did it so you could live longer and see her kids grow up and get married.

    I’ve been doing research on eating disorders, and it’s pretty scary that binge eating is the most benign of them. It takes a lot longer for a binge eater to see the health effects than an anorexic or a bulimic. Just three years ago, two sisters who both modeled died of heart attacks within months of each other. One, Eliana Ramos, was eighteen and the other, Luisel Ramos, was twenty-two. If you look at images of them, they both were once just slim then went to ultra thin. Also, in 2006, another model, Ana Carolina Reston, died at twenty-one.


  2. Cindy
    15 January 2010, 2:37 pm

    I have a 12 year old and an 11 year old daughter (and an 8 month old baby boy!). My 12 year old is very Mommy-centric, and she knows everything about me, including my struggles with binge eating. I have never figured out whether it was a good thing or a bad thing to let her know. But she actually seems to have a reallly normal relationship with food–she picks at things she doesn’t like and pigs out on things she does. She has recently started cutting back on her sweets when she thinks she’s had too many for the week. My 11 year old is a different story–she has been hiding candy wrappers for a few years now. I try to remind her that it’s her own body and she has to make her own decisions about what’s healthy for her (she was born with a heart arrythmia and doctors don’t know if it may have done long-term damage to her heart, so we were advised to make sure she is as healthy as possible). I try not to make a big deal about her “sweet tooth” although I worry incessantly inside my head.


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    hi cindy,
    man, it’s so hard, isn’t it?! we are hyper vigilant because of our own food issues yet lord only knows what these girls pick up on their own just from watching us. they are sponges! the LAST thing we want them to do is have the food issues we have. there is enough peer pressure at school, we want their home to be a place of comfort, not like they are living with the food police.
    by the way, i used to sneak candy too, i started younger than your daughter. 🙁
    something that we are doing on our end that you may want to consider… we are lucky that at my duaghter’s school, they have a great guidance dept. if a child has any kind of issue, they get invited to lunch with their friends and they just ‘talk’ about ‘things’ in a casual way. my daughter enjoys going and doesn’t really know why she’s there, yet i think it is helpful.


  3. Debbie
    10 June 2012, 3:58 pm

    I’m enjoying reading your blog, love2eatinpa, and have been struggling with an almost life-long food/weight problem. I do, however, take issue with one of your ongoing beliefs: not being open to your children about your food issues. I am the mother of three girls, now aged 21 – 27. One has become an “intuitive eater,” one has stuggled with liking/eating fruits and vegetables, and one joined Weight Watchers in order to learn how to eat in a balanced way. My worst fear has been for any of them to become morbidly obese and suffer as I have all these years. I believe that their chances of that are greatly reduced because I have ALWAYS been open about my food/weight issues. It has never been a taboo subject. They can ask me any questions they have and can express any fears they have about becoming large like me. Each conversation is a teaching opportunity. We talk about healthy, balanced eating; we talk about our feelings surrounding food, and I have shared with them any insights I have gained over the years (many!) regarding why I have come to struggle the way I do. My husband and I have also always taught the girls to love their bodies just the way they are. My daughter say I am “fluffy,” not fat. I just think that making the topic taboo can create more problems than you believe you’re avoiding. I’d love to hear more about your decision to not talk to your daughter about your issue. Thanks for your time!


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    hi debbie and thanks for writing! i’m glad you are enjoying reading my blog and i wholeheartedly agree with you. at some point in the blog, i can’t remember where, i posted a letter i wrote to my daughter telling her all about my eating disorder. i’m so glad that i did and am open to any questions she has about it. at the time of this post, i was not ready to tell her yet. it was part of my journey to recovery. take care.


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