Severe and Enduring Eating Disorder Recovery
I came to Jessica Lauren weary, broken, and discouraged from a very long battle with my eating disorder. I came to my first appointment with Jessica Lauren ready for more of the same guilt, shame, and arguing that I'd experienced around food that I'd experienced in my previous treatment attempts. What I wasn't prepared for was for someone to have compassion for how tough of a place I had found myself in, someone who cared about me and my food intake, someone equipped to challenge me without isolating or shaming me, and someone who would ultimately be play a critical role in freedom from my eating disorder that I'd been engaging in for over half my life.
Over the course of my treatment, Jessica Lauren would come to see all the dark and twisty parts of my eating disorder. And yet, despite the brokenness and dysfunction that was unveiled throughout our work together, she never lost sight of the healed and freed woman I would eventually become. She never stopped fighting for me, even when she went head to head with the ugliest parts of my eating disorder. It was in these weeks her resolve to help me, carried me through. She was my challenger, my prayer warrior, my shoulder to cry on when the weeks were long and exhausting, and my cheerleader as I went head to head with my eating disorder.
Then slowly, ever so slowly, progress was made. There were more victories than defeats and I began to see what I’m sure Jessica Lauren saw all along. Eventually, we found ourselves in our last session. I sat in the same chair I sat in at the very beginning of our work where we recounted the journey to recovery, and then shared one last tear-filled hug.
It’s now been two years since that last session and I now live in a world that Jessica Lauren made possible through her radically unique approach. Today, I live in a world where all foods fit, where food doesn't equate to moral value, and where there is (finally) true freedom from my eating disorder. I am so blessed to have received the lifesaving care I did from Jessica Lauren. I highly recommend her unique and compassionate nutrition counseling to anyone struggling with an eating disorder, but especially, those who have tried other approaches without finding freedom from eating disordered behaviors.
With so much gratitude,
Faith-Based Nutrition Counseling
"I first walked into Jessica-Lauren’s office my sophomore year of college. I expected to receive help with my eating issues and maybe get a meal plan. I never expected that the Lord would use Jessica-Lauren to completely transform the way I see food and exercise, and most importantly, the way I see Christ. Jessica Lauren’s approach to nutrition is that “every food fits”. ALL foods come from the Lord, and not only that, but so do our bodies! Her recovery focus is internal, not external, helping her clients to restore trust in how God made their bodies, and letting Him into new places in their hearts. Jessica-Lauren practices with patience, understanding, and grace, stemming from the grace that God has given to her. She is not afraid to walk through the trenches with her clients or address their difficult heart issues. She is a safe place and points every step of ED recovery back to the Lord." - JH