Hi Katie! I have been wanting to message you for quite some time and today is the day I am sitting down to finally get to it. Today is also the day I joined Dashing Dish. This has been something I have wanted to do for a while, too, and I am so excited to explore the many areas of your ministry.
Just a little bit about me - I struggled with binge and emotional eating for many of my high school years and throughout college. I have watched some of your videos and been following you on social media for a little while, so I know you have faced these same struggles, too. You are one of the pages I would visit frequently when I was in the pit of disordered eating. I always wanted to reach out for help, but was too ashamed and embarrassed. The devil was keeping me down and I look back on all of those years with so much sadness.
I went to college for nursing and thought that after the stress of nursing school I would not want to binge eat because I would finally achieve my dream of becoming a nurse. Well…as you know all too well, nursing is very stressful. As a result of this, my first year as a nurse was spent eating my emotions and craving food that I thought would help me escape the busy hours at the hospital. I was miserable and questioned everything I had ever thought I wanted.
I also got married to my high school sweetheart a month after graduating college and while this was a very happy time, it was also filled with great anxiety. As a new wife, my husband and I got in so many arguments because I felt absolutely incapable of being a good wife. I was binge eating almost every day and all I seemed to care about when I wasn’t binge eating was working out and being stressed about the next time I had to go to the hospital for work.
I got the flu in April of this year and when I was out for the count - so sick I couldn’t bear to eat a thing or workout - something happened in my world. I started changing the way I viewed food, the way I wanted to workout. It was the weirded, but most blessed thing that has ever happened to me. I used to could only make it a week without using food as a crutch for this life, but now I am who even knows how many weeks without a food binge. God has brought me through all of this and I cannot praise His name enough for all of the despair, depression, anxiety and fear He saved me from. I feel like I am truly living and it is because of people like you. Reading your blog posts, seeing your videos…it all finally clicked for me. God saved me from all of these struggles and you are one of the people who, unknowingly, played a huge role in this.
This is a huge leap for me to write this kind of thing, but it has been on my soul for a while and I know God has been calling me to write to you.I just want to thank you SO much for encouraging me (and so many others) with the God way of living this life. I can’t wait to grow even more with Dashing Dish. Everything through Him. Praise Him.
In Christ and with MANY thanks!