Recovery Space

Welcome is a South African website that promotes recovery from eating disorders. People with eating disorders (or their family and friends) can find out more about anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and other eating disorders, as well as find treatment options, access information and find tips on recovery from eating disorders.

What you'll find here

This website contains general information on eating disorders, and useful links, as well as a section on getting help (where you can search for psychologists, dietitians and other health professionals). A RecoveryToolbox section has also been included, where you can read up on tips and insiders' stories of the recovery process.

South African information
A lot of eating disorders information on the web is for international audiences. At RecoverySpace, we focus on providing quality, relevant information targeted for South Africa. We provide local articles, discuss topical issues and provide relevant treatment referrals within South Africa (including Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town).

2014 Workshops

The workshop options for Johannesburg in 2014 will be starting with a workshop for the loved ones (parents, spouses, partners and close friends) of someone with an eating disorder. Go to workshop information to find out more.

August 2011: Measuring Up

Tracy writes more about her experiences of recovery, and why the scale is now a no-go zone. Read more

May 2011: Healthy exercise in recovery from an eating disorder

Compulsive and extreme exercise is often a part of an eating disorder. Psychologist, Althea Sherry, explores the difference between healthy and unhealthy exercise, as well as providing some tips on how to focus on self-care and healthy exercise during recovery from an eating disorder. Read more

Recovery Tips

collected from our site visitors during eating disorder awareness week, 2012.

  • Recovery comes with ups and downs, so don't let the bad days throw you off. Recovery takes time, so be patient with yourself.
  • Do something nurturing for yourself every day, even if it's small! This is one step closer to learning to love yourself.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Your friends and family are more concerned with seeing you healthy and happy than sick.
  • Throw away the scale. It might be the hardest thing you do but the most beneficial for your recovery. Measure yourself by who you are not what you weigh.
  • Spend some time on your own doing something you don't normally do like going to the movies alone. This inspires you to be comfortable with yourself and builds your confidence again.
  • Listen to your body. If you're tired, sleep. If you're sad, cry. If you're happy, laugh. You'd be surprised at how good you will feel if you are living in the present.
  • Find a way to express yourself. Rediscover your passions. Get to know yourself again.
  • Forgive yourself for the past. Yes, we've all made questionable decisions but no need to punish yourself for them. It's part of living and learning life lessons that allow us to blossom.
  • Write down one thing you are grateful for every day... Has your health made the list?
  • DON'T give up! You are bigger than this thing!!! Take it a day at a time. Focus your thoughts on positive ones only. FORCE yourself. DON'T give up.
  • Stand up for yourself. Be assertive when you need to, and stand up for your rights.
  • Get professional help from a psychologist.
  • Express your emotions. Tell someone you love how you feel, whether you're sad, angry and overjoyed.