Episode 30: What Full Recovery From an Eating Disorder Actually Means

by Health, Podcast

Is full recovery from an eating disorder possible? And how do you know you’re “there”?

In today’s podcast I’m going to be touching on something I don’t feel is talked about often enough: defining recovery.

I think so much time is spent working on the fundamental habits of eating better, exercising in a kinder way and changing your mindset around food, movement and your body, that sometimes we don’t even know what it is we’re working towards ourselves.

This can sometimes mean that recovery feels like an elusive unicorn you’ll never find.

However, recovery is possible and it’s important to define.

In this episode of Holistic Health Radio I’ll be discussing:

  • How research defines full recovery from an eating disorder
  • The different components included in full recovery from an eating disorder such as physical restoration, normalised eating patterns, cognitive processes, emotional regulation and change in body image
  • My own experience: what I thought full recovery was when I was going through treatment vs. what I think it really is for me now having been recovered for several years
  • Why it’s important to define and think about your own definition of recovery and recovered
  • How to define recovery for yourself and share it with your treatment team
  • Do eating disorder thoughts ever go away completely?
  • How to protect yourself against future relapse from your eating disorder


If you spend far too much time and energy thinking about your next meal, get down on yourself for having more than your daily allocated share of dark chocolate, or feel stuck in the binge-restrict cycle and are ready to reclaim your health, passions and life then the Body Freedom Academy is right for you.

This 6-week program with me is designed to transform your mindset through gentle, intuitive eating principles that set you up for a sustainable positive relationship with food and body.

Sarah King

Sarah King

Hi future friends, I’m Sarah King, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and health coach.

Science, not trends is the foundation of my approach. By nourishing the body and mind with scientific facts we can build foundations for a life of realness, not just wellness.