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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.

 

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1.   Admit to yourself that you are not OK and that you need help.

2.   Talk to someone close to you.

3.   Schedule an appointment with your physician

4.   Ask your doctor about treatment facilities and/or counselor.

5.   Schedule an appointment with a counselor.

6.   Don’t cancel the appointment.

7.   Listen to the advice of your counselor and then decide whether you should go to a treatment facility or whether you will do an ambulant therapy.

8.   If you decided that staying at a treatment facility is best for you, do a bit more research, either with the help of your counselor or alone.

9.   Make an appointment with the clinic that you like best.

10. Go to the scheduled appointment.

11. Start your treatment as soon as possible.

12. Buy a journal and continuously write down your thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, worries etc.

13. Think about the reasons why you want to recover from your eating disorder. Write them down.

14. Imagine your life without your eating disorder. Write your thoughts down.

15. When you feel like it, cry, scream, beat a pillow. Let it all out!

16. Believe others when they tell you that it will get better.

17. Create a list of the dreams you can achieve without being sick. Write them down.

18. Persevere!

19. Be honest to yourself!

20. Write down all the negative aspects of living with an eating disorder.

21. Connect with others who have already beat anorexia.

22. Re-evaluate your motives.

23. Are you still being honest to yourself and to your therapist?

24. Throw yourself a pity party, then MOVE ON.

25. Work even harder on yourself.

26. Learn to believe in yourself.

27. Praise yourself when you have reached a goal.

28. Read books that have a hopeful message.

29. Remember you are so much more than your eating disorder.

30. Cut yourself some slack.

31. Learn to trust yourself.

32. Get up after you have slipped and fallen. You don’t have to be perfect. Setbacks happen to all of us!

33. Don’t skip your therapy sessions!

34. Challenge yourself.

35. Remind yourself how far you have come!

36. Always be kind to yourself!

37. Embrace the newfound freedom!

38. Celebrate yourself!

 

This list is far from compete. Do you have more suggestions? 
Share them with us! Please do, they will help many who are suffering.  

 

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