“We spend a lot of time on these screens playing the comparison game- we compare houses, lifestyles, bodies, and just about anything we can.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Melody Pierce, an eating disorder recovery and body acceptance coach located in Arizona. Melody has been an advocate since she started her own recovery journey seven years ago and now works with multiple nonprofits to help raise awareness and provide resources to those dealing with an eating disorder or body image roadblocks.
After being diagnosed with an eating disorder at a very young age and embracing recovery years later, I knew I had a purpose in this journey. I recovered with the help of my community, including foundations like the National Eating Disorder Association, and once I was able to recover I knew I wanted to give back to a community that was so dedicated to helping me. I immediately jumped on board with some local nonprofits like Circles of Change and the Andy Hull Sunshine Foundation to share my story of recovery and help others. I now speak across the state of Arizona in schools, treatment centers and just about anywhere that will have me. I also created a curriculum packet to help community members tackle eating disorders and body issues, this curriculum is what fueled my passion to start my own business as a recovery coach. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Journalism/Public Relations degree and decided to get certified as a coach through the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy online program. At 22 years old, none of this could be possible without the people who have been committed to my success and I now want to dedicate my life to supporting and fueling others.
Being a recovery coach is an interesting career in and of itself, I navigate an array of personalities and illnesses on a daily basis so I am always kept on my toes!
Yes! Beyond starting this business and trying to get it off the ground, I am working on connecting with local treatment centers to grow support group programs across my state that follow my S.T.E.P.S acronym.
I think we spend a lot of time on these screens playing the comparison game- we compare houses, lifestyles, bodies, and just about anything we can. This has an impact on our mental and emotional health more than I believe we often times realize. We start thinking that everyone has these picture-perfect lives (literally) and I think it’s up to us as consumers of this media to make a change.
Let people leave more voicemails! I typically don’t answer the phone unless it is a number that I know. If they really want to chat they won’t hesitate to leave a quick message about why they are calling.
Creating a healthy relationship doesn’t come from checking it less, it comes from following the right people. I have a rule in life that if I am going to spend an obscene amount of time on my phone that the information I am taking in needs to reflect the world around me. This starts with following all types of people who are of different abilities, skin colors, religions, sizes, genders, etc.
By doing this I know that my feed is not saturated with unrealistic expectations of beauty or a bunch of people that think the same way I do, but instead, I’m reading stories created by all different types of people across the world and celebrating what makes us all unique. This simple practice helps cut out that comparison game and create legitimate bonds with the people behind the phones.
Here’s the thing- I’m 100% guilty of this and don’t see my pattern of checking my phone changing anytime soon BUT I am mindful of what app I click into first. Maybe instead of scrolling through Instagram or Facebook in the morning, scroll through a book or open up the podcast app and occupy your screen time with that instead. Happiness is priority #1 and your morning will absolutely set the mood for that so if/when you do pick up your phone just choose wisely and pick an app that will fuel you in a good way.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
I would love to see my S.T.E.P.S. movement take off and create big change for the eating disorder/body acceptance community. S.T.E.P.S. is the acronym that fuels my coaching and also encompasses a memorable way for community members to get involved when discussing eating disorders/body satisfaction. S.T.E.P.S. stands for Support, Talk, Educate, Prepare and Strengthen, you can check out how all of that comes into play on my website www.stepsrecoverycoach.com. Let’s be real- we ALL have body issues, men and women alike pick apart our features on a daily basis, but why? What about our inner psyche thinks that being thinner or taller or whatever it might be will solve our problems? My job as a coach is to help people find the root of that thought and discover a path where they can fully appreciate and embrace their bodies. I made a pact after being controlled by my eating disorder to actually LIVE MY LIFE, so what about you? Imagine a life without food guilt, calorie counters and obsessive diets- let’s get closer to that. If I could accomplish helping even ten people follow that idea, that’s my movement.
Originally published at medium.com