Sisters in Mental Illness: Healing From Anorexia


“We’re all looking for something to make ourselves accomplished and capable in this often ridiculously scary world. Even though some people can’t relate to using food to make themselves feel better, I can tell you it’s the exact same thing as any other addiction you can find.”

This month Shaley talks to Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau, who has battled with anorexia and depression. How you recognize the signs of eating disorders? How do these disorders affect your family life? How do you find your true, authentic self in the midst of battling mental disorders?

Lalainia has been working in the Performing Arts industry professionally since the age of 8. She began in film & television, however, once she discovered musical theatre, it became her passion. She began teaching dance & theatre at age 16, and co-founded The Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts (now independent) where she taught for many year before moving into directing full time. For a few years she maintained a blog called ‘Becoming Ordinary: Letting Go of Perfection One Day at a Time’’ ( which chronicles her struggles through her perfectionistic tendencies, depression and eating disorder.

Sisters in Mental Illness is a vlog series where Shaley Hoogendoorn has real conversations with brave SheLovelys who are willing to share their experience living with a mental illness. We live in a time where one in four people struggle with a mental health disorder, so these conversations are very important. We will share ALL the stories—stories of sadness, madness, shame and struggle. The more we talk about hard things like mental health, the better we can understand and walk with and alongside our Sisters in Mental Illness. We can remind each other that our stories are not over yet. Together we can smash the stigma and stereotypes of mental illness, ONE story at a time.

Click here to listen to last month’s post on mania and misconceptions.

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