022 Fighting Anorexia – Eating IS medicine

by Anne-Sophie

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In this episode of Fighting Anorexia, I talk about how important eating is in your recovery.

Eating IS medicine and we cannot heal without eating regularly!

Regularity & Consistency: I read June Alexander’s book a girl called tim and she reiterates that one thing that is absolutely essential for her and has been her strongest pillar in recovery is the fact that she eats 3 meals and 3 snacks!

Warm meals are very important!

Create an eating plan: you don’t have to think of a specific meal but think of ingredients (with every meal you should cover all 3 food groups: vegetables/fruit, protein, carbs,) the size of a portion, then go shopping and buy what is on your shopping list. Don’t go to the store hungry though as this will make you prone for buying food that might be dangerous for you (binging).

I have learnt that I don’t strive on eating plans, but I have my fixed times of eating.

I strive on routines, that is how I am built. For me, it is most helpful and doable to eat almost the same thing every day. I am not ready yet to mix it up. And that is ok. As long as I am eating, it is fine to stick with what you feel is safest for you right now.

Do a reality check every week. Do you notice you skip a snack or you eat certain food untouched?

Here are some tips for those who are already a bit further progressed in their recovery:

The Black List deserves its own episode. The Black list comprises all food that you don’t allow yourself to eat (just yet). Once you have written down everything that you still label as bad food, you can slowly (VERY slowly) start incorporating it in your meal plan.

Buffets – Think of what a regular portion looks like. Take 1 plate and put something of all 3 food groups on there. If you feel like it, eat dessert (just like you might already do it at home).
You will always be able to eat what is presented to you on this day, at this buffet, again. So, don’t panic that you cannot eat everything.

Restaurants– look up the menu online and already know what you will order. Planning is key here.

 

If you would like to leave me some feedback, you can mail it to feedback@fightinganorexia.com

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Birke June 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I find your advice in case of going to a restaurant – viz. to look up the menu beforehand – so very, very important! I started doing that quite a while ago (way before I listened to your podcast) and it helps me every single time. The uncertainty about what will be served & what I’ll be able to eat drives me crazy, even scares me, occupying my mind 24 hours a day and keeping me from sleep at night. But as soon as I know about the menu, I can decide what I want to eat (also compare alternative dishes), which instantly & fully liberates my mind of all the previous uncertainty.

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Anne-Sophie June 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Birke, how awesome that you have done this already and that it helps you! It does ease the mind so much to have a bit more certainty and makes the entire experience at least a bit enjoyable.

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