073: A True Story of Answered Prayers: 3 Essays I Wrote in Therapy

A True Story of Answered Prayers

On Monday, I released an episode about intuitive eating with one of my best friends, Taryn Palmer, who is a registered dietician and nutritionist. I knew that episode was really just going to be an introduction to that big and important topic, and I wanted to dig a little deeper and share more of my story.

So for today’s bonus episode, I am going to share three essays I wrote while I was in therapy for an eating disorder. I think through these three different pieces of writing, you’ll be able to see the progression that my recovery took, how much intuitive eating truly helped to free me, and where I’m at today:

1. A True Story of Answered Prayers

2. The Surprising Way I Confronted my Eating Disorder (narrative therapy)

3. A Letter to my Body


Show Notes

There are so many incredible therapists, registered dietitians, and resources to help you become more familiar with intuitive eating. Here are are some to get you started:

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

Nutrition Matters podcast with Paige Smathers

-Episode 143: The Paradox of Permission with Intuitive Eating (interview with Evelyn Tribole, coauthor of Intuitive Eating)




THIS POST on my Instagram where I shared about this week’s episode is filled with great resources in the comments!


  1. Meg on 03/22/2019 at 8:31 AM

    Wow. Rachel, you are a beautiful writer. Those essays were so well written and powerful. The second essay was so heavy, but so incredibly written that I have an image in my mind of you running with your “other self”. I love how you gave the voice in your head a physical presence which made it more tangible to get rid of. And your third essay brought me to tears. It really enlightened me to realize what our body does for us, even when we are so negligent to our body. Thank you for all you do. You are impacting lives for the better.

    • Rachel Nielson on 03/24/2019 at 9:45 PM

      Thank you so very much. I LOVE to write, and it is an honor to share!! Yes that second essay is SO heavy. It is hard for me to believe that I lived like that! But it also makes me so grateful that I am no longer in that place. Thank you so so much for taking the time to come and comment!

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