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Inspiring Conversations with Jayne Mattingly of Recovery Love and Care

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jayne Mattingly. 

Hi Jayne, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I am an Eating Disorder (ED) Warrior, in that I am fully recovered from a life-long Eating Disorder. I went through recovery a while back, and with that, I have gained a wealth of knowledge, information, and resources regarding the process of recovery, and believe me, it is a process! Recovery IS NOT LINEAR, and IT IS SO INCREDIBLY HARD, but IT IS WORTH IT!!! With my ED Recovery, I not only learned about Eating Disorders, but also so much about myself, my own womanhood, and my ability to not only survive but thrive, in a world that is driven by unrealistic body ideals, weight loss, diets, cleanses, filters and Photoshop! 

I also live with a progressive chronic illness and am a disabled person, and I use that life experience to help others find body acceptance even when they feel their bodies are betraying them. My passion is to help ALL women find self-confidence and self-love within a culture that won’t allow them to! I live for my recovery, the love of my life, Sean, my fur babies, and my family! I am all about empowering women and advocating for eating disorder recovery, body appreciation, and a positive sense of community. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I would say my biggest challenge or obstacle would be my disability and chronic illness. See, I was a very active, athletic, and able-bodied person just three and a half years ago. Movement was a huge part of my own recovery journey. There is this saying in recovery, “Love what your body can do for you,” well that becomes hard when your body stops “doing.” Just three and half years ago, after several ER visits, I was admitted to the hospital for a rare neurological disease that was causing me to lose my sight. I then underwent brain surgery. After multiple visits to Mayo Clinic, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and its comorbidities, and since then have had 9 neurosurgeries and multiple procedures. This is hard, as a person who thrives on productivity and work…so now I advocate for others to live their AND life. I call it Living AND, to be Sick AND CEO, to be fat AND healthy, to be disabled AND thriving. It can be quite challenging to work and run a business while sick, but it gives me so much purpose and fulfills my passion. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Eating Disorder and Body Image Recovery Coaching, RLC University and The AND Initiative! 

Recovery Love and Care is a virtual group practice that offers virtual support for individuals on the path to full Eating Disorder Recovery. 

Recovery Love and Care supports YOU in your journey to making peace with your body, food, and your life! 

Recovery Coaching is for those in need of a reset, an increase of self-worth, self-esteem, and overall body image conception. 

Jayne uses her Clinical Mental Health Counseling training and education, her IADEP certified supervised training in Eating Disorder speciality, as well as, her past life experience within Eating Disorder recovery, to help ALL individuals find self-compassion, self-love, and body appreciation in a world that does not allow them to do so. 

Jayne and her team help individuals within their Eating Disorder recovery, and body image journey, work through body image conception, and the overall process of recovery. 

Recovery Love and Care abides by their own set of ethical standards, and provide mentoring, coaching, and a more personalized touch to your recovery and body image/food freedom journey! Recovery Love and Care uses only HIPAA-compliant software and screening services and pledges to stay true to their code of ethics and stay within the proper scope of care. 

RLC University: Training for professionals or professionals to be! Recovery Love and Care offers a curriculum to train professionals to be more Eating Disorder aware and able to work with body image. 

The AND Initiative: A charitable cause that fulfills individual’s wishlist to live their AND life! 

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I love fiction! I often read many self-help books for work, so diving into something carefree and fun is refreshing. I love the Papaya Podcast by The Birds Papaya and any app that promotes wellness, like Calm or Insight Timer. 

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Aneris Photography

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