Recover from Your Eating Disorder: Proven Therapeutic Approaches that Can Set You Free!
Are you in a constant battle with yourself surrounding one of the most basic human needs: eating?
Do you get lost in the labyrinth of thin commandments, food rules, hunger games, food journals, conscious eating, scale addiction, exercise addiction, overeating, under-eating, binge eating, emotional eating, rigid beliefs, emotional reasoning, perfectionism, bulimia, anorexia and purging?
Do you live under the illusion that you can’t enjoy eating or that you must be on an oppressive “diet” to be healthy, slender, happier or more confident?
Are your friends and family telling you that they are concerned about you or that you need to seek help?
How did your diet cross over into becoming a disorder?
When Food Has Taken Control of Your Life and
You Feel Like You Don’t Have a Choice
Twisted food thoughts can give the false perception you are in control when you are not.
Eating disorders start with distorted ideas about food, our bodies and our sense of self. It is so easy to fall into the illusion that your worth is tied to the external, to things such as your looks and your ability to control food or your body. You can also lose your sense of self in the day to day pressures of life, constantly trying to do the right thing and be the right person for others. You get lost in this constant struggle of judgement and forget or dread the simplest things that used to bring you pleasure or delight.
People often struggle with eating disorder for years, running in circles, unable to find answers. Feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, emptiness, embarrassment and an inability to articulate to others what you are feeling can be devastating.
Discover What is Underneath Your Eating Issues
It is also critical to understand the various messages and narratives that our society places upon us. You can take back ownership of your healthy self. But first, you must journey inward and face all the pain that you have been suppressing, before you can ever truly heal.
Concrete, Realistic Strategies for Recovery
Recovery is Possible and it Won’t be Perfect
Like any other muscle, you can build the strength to cope with difficult feelings, express yourself, and reach out for help and support. Recovery takes work and does not occur in a vacuum. Community, family, and social supports are as imperative as personal responsibility and focus. With the right guidance, support and persistence you can:
- Learn the importance of honoring your emotions, rather than suppressing them
- Begin treating yourself well instead of feeling you are not worthy of good things
- Recognize and accept feelings of loneliness and sadness
- Let go of the need to be perfect and allow yourself to relax and have fun
- Learn to love and accept who you are
- Get in touch with the true meaning behind your feelings and learn healthier ways to express and manage your emotions rather than through disordered food and eating patterns
Silencing Your Unhealthy Voice
Silencing the unhealthy voice is imperative to your recovery. You must leave behind old perceptions of yourself and what you have adopted from others and reclaim your own inner authorities.
Let go of the limiting societal constructs and ideals and accept and embrace your true nature.
Listen to the voice from within to give you guidance and support as you search your own true thoughts, feelings, and desires.
Throughout your recovery, it is important to remember:
- Relapse: is not failure. It is a behavior to be paid attention to as it can offer learning
- Triggers: offer insights to help us understand what you need support with
- Eating disorder behaviors (restricting, avoidance, binging, purging, and other less well-known behaviors): These behaviors are a language unto themselves. For example, how do you communicate your needs and what do you expect those needs to get you. How can you communicate your needs without hurting yourself?
Keeping these key concepts in mind offers a non-judgmental, gentle path to recovery.
Those unhealthy and destructive thoughts may resurface but you will no longer be a victim to your thoughts and impulses. You will learn to observe them and be more aware of what’s happening with your body and mind.
Your Life After an Eating Disorder. Full Recovery is Possible
Eating disorders really can be beaten. Life without an eating disorder really is possible for you. Together, we will guide you back to a more natural and sustaining relationship with food. Your “eating disorder self” and your “healthy self” will learn to work together and help you to learn to live your life as a fully integrated person.
Your Life After an Eating Disorder
As you heal, you will feel encouraged through the realization of your true strength. You will understand the purpose of your eating disorder and find other ways to support yourself.
Through counselling you will learn to:
- “Feel your feelings” and know how to challenge your thoughts
- Eat freely but consciously
- No longer use scales or diets to dictate your eating
- Continue to be aware of and work on any problematic behaviors that need to change
- Get your needs met from your relationships rather than your eating disorder
- Live a soul-led life that brings you meaning and purpose
- Live your life as “yours” and not with perfectionism or scrutiny demanded by others
- Understand your issues but no longer use eating disorder behaviors to cope
- Live your own life based on your happiness and values rather than trying to conform to external standards
Remember to be gentle with yourself through the healing process. Your eating disorder is harsh. But you can progress in your recovery through kindness to yourself and by relying on people with the experience and the empathy to understand and help you navigate this journey.
Full Recovery is Possible
You Do Not Have to Fight with Your Eating Disorder Forever
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