Like many people who suffer from eating disorders, singer Alanis Morisette is trying to define what recovery means to her.
“The big question for me around eating-disorder recovery is, ‘What is sobriety with food?’” said Morissette, who detailed her long struggle with eating disorders in the latest issue of Women's Health. “We know with alcohol, you just don’t drink it and don’t go to a bar. With heroin, you just don’t go near it. Whereas with food, you have to eat, so how can one go from, in my case, bingeing and purging, starving, overeating, the scale going up and down — how can I go from that to a 'sober' approach?”
Morissette said that she has dealth with a spectrum of eating disorders, including binging and purging, starving herself, and over eating.
Through her recovery she has realized that her eating habits are part of a larger issue.
“I’ve been so disassociated for most of my life, and it’s shown up in various forms like eating disorders and not having boundaries around having sex as a young person, and just not being aware of boundaries and having a lot of mine be violated and not considered,” she said. “For me, the idea of building boundaries has become a huge part of my spiritual practice. With the mindfulness somatic practices, it’s really helped me stay in my body.”