How Shining a Light on an Eating Disorder Changed Her Life

Sometimes trials in our lives lead us to doors that never would have opened, and this is the case with famous Instagram influencer Lex Daddioknown as @Restoring_Radiance on Instagram. Born and raised in Midlothian, Lex found herself dealing with a severe binge eating disorder in college. To help herself cope with this, she started a private food and exercise accountability journal on Instagram. One day, she accidentally made her account public, letting all her college friends know that she had started a food Instagram. She was petrified at first, as she didn’t want to explain why she was posting about food, but she stuck with it. Now she says it was the best mistake she’s ever made. Fast forward to today, six years later, and she says her Instagram helped her resolve her eating disorder along with truly learning about healthy decisions, both physically and mentally.  

Lex currently has more than 130,000 Instagram followers and growing. She also has a website, where you can read her blogs, learn more about her journey and even buy some heavenly candles.  

Her main goal is to help others currently struggling with eating disorders and self-esteem issues.

“It’s so lonely, defeating and frustrating, but I want people to know they are not alone,” Lex says.

Restoring Radiance holds a special place in Lex’s heart.

“I had to go through the darkness to get to where I am now. I firmly believe that exposing your darkness into the light is one of the first steps to truly healing. If you’re struggling, tell someone. Go to a counselor. Seek help. Have hope and fight, because your life is worth it and you have a purpose. Don’t give up. The best is yet to come!” 

Lex lives in Richmond with her husband, Thomas, and their now 12-week-old son, called T for short. Learn more about her journey, her positive outlook on life and her fantastic food recipes on Instagram @restoring_radiance or on the web at