Eating Disorders (ED) are one of Australia’s biggest mental health challenges and is particularly common with teenagers and young adults. The damage from this can last a lifetime and the issue is something that needs to be brought into mainstream conversation so that it is acknowledged and accepted.
There are a variety of Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. The reason behind someone developing an Eating Disorder can vary as well due to a variety of factors such as psychological (poor body image) and environmental (childhood trauma).
Fuelling Success founder Bonnie Killip lived with Anorexia Nervosa for 15 years before she was able to break free. Her deeply personal lived experiences with this mental illness led her to learn as much as she could on the issue through nutrition and dietetics, hypnotherapy and neuroscience. She now offers support to those suffering from all manner of mental health challenges.
She was able to provide us with amazing insight into her recovery and advice she has for people still suffering when we spoke to her recently.
“Start where you are, rather than where you think you should be and go through process of recovery from the beginning. By accepting where you are, you will give yourself the chance to learn what you need in order to change. You can, however, visualize yourself at the end point of recovery. I do this with clients regularly because it wasn’t something I truly thought about in my own experience as I didn’t understand what it meant”.
“Know that negative feelings will come up. It is not about creating a life devoid of these but rather knowing that you have your own back through them and that you can care for yourself instead of letting them destroy you”.
“It’s important to avoid hiding from the world because you think you’re different. Mental health issues are more accepted now and the more people you interact with and learn from, the more you see different ways of being. I think having these connections with people is one of the most fantastic things”.
One of the things we spoke about with Bonnie is what she would tell her younger self if she could go back in time. We think that this gives fantastic insight from her lived experiences about what people currently suffering can do. Here is what she said:
Bonnie’s advice for her younger self:
- Find the help that will help and don’t stop until you do because it’s not always the first thing that’s offered
- You can’t find peace by avoiding life. Sometimes stress is the price you pay for having friends, family, work and other good things
- Don’t be ashamed
- Be honest
- Be kind to yourself
- Start from scratch
- Be curious
- Don’t hide
- Try hypnotherapy. This was the thing that finally worked and broke the cycle. Learn more about Bonnies journey with hypnotherapy below.
We’d like to thank Bonnie for her expert insight. She provides a number of fantastic services such as Functional Nutrition,Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming. We recommend checking out Fuelling Success if you are considering making a positive change in your life!
If you’re living with an Eating Disorder and would like to get help reach out to Bonnie or check out the Butterfly Foundation