Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching
Eating Disorder Recovery
You have been through some sort of recovery for Anorexia and/or Bulimia. Whether it was through one of the many great self-help books, online study, a therapist, or even a recovery center, you should be proud.
Healing from an eating disorder is a process and a practice. Eating Disorder relapse rates are over 60%, and you do not have to be a statistic. Just because you are eating regularly or have stopped the binge-purge cycle doesn’t mean you have necessarily been freed from the food prison.
You may even have a new fear about sliding backwards and disappointing everyone, including yourself. Secretly, you still are consumed by thoughts of gaining weight and all that means. No matter where you are at post-recovery, as your coach, I can help.
Our eating challenges fall on a continuum. According to Webster, the simple definition of a continuum is “a range or series of things that are slightly different from each other and that exist between two different possibilities.” Imagine that I am holding up a long string. There are many different points along the string between the two ends. Just because you are not at one end/extreme or the other, doesn’t mean you do not struggle.
Many will think if they are not suffering from a clinical eating disorder, such as Bulimia and Anorexia, or haven’t been diagnosed with Obesity and related health concerns, then there isn’t a problem. However, if your mind is consumed with thoughts of food, body, exercise, etc., then you certainly have a pain-point. The great news is that you do not have to live this way. No matter where you are at on the continuum, I will meet you there and help!
Disclaimer and Disclosure: If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional. Individuals with diagnosed eating disorders should be under the care of a medical professional. Individuals with serious health conditions should seek outside medical or psychological support if considering working with me. I am a Coach. I am not a doctor, medical professional, psychologist, registered dietitian, or trained clinician of any kind. I do not practice psychology or provide personalized nutritional advice, I do not offer nutrition assessments, and I do not engage in dietetics. You should not rely on information provided by me, Sarah Lee, as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
“My time with Sarah has been truly life changing. I have been a yoyo dieter my whole life. After every success and failure of each new diet, I found myself helpless and not able to trust my body, further confused and misguided as to why the latest "fix" failed. In working with Sarah, we began to closely examine and deconstruct my every day habits. In doing so, we were able to tweak and make adjustments. Now, I actually enjoy my food and eat less without being on a diet. I have also learned to be gentle with myself. I think this is critical for all of us, not just those of us working through body and eating challenges. I am happy to report than in the short time with Sarah, I have lost 15 pounds without restricting any specific foods or food groups. My journey continues and I am so grateful for everything Sarah has taught me!”
"During my time with Sarah, I realized just how much I used food in every state of emotion. From happiness to sadness to anger. I even used it as a reward system, but at the same time would always feel like I was making a bad choice. Sarah helped me to see my relationship with food was not something to get rid of or hate, yet learn from. She also helped me to see that there was something so much deeper going on. It is hard for me to open up about certain things, but Sarah is so easy to talk to and it all just seem to poor out. I’m so grateful for each conversation we had!"
Thank you, Sarah. I had this profound feeling of acceptance from our sessions. Acceptance of my body image, acceptance of eating habits, and acceptance of my feelings when I feel them. That is what I took away. I’m looking at food in a whole new light. I appreciate you helping with that mindset!!!
"Before starting coaching, I could not avoid thinking about food all of the time obsessively, about what I was going to eat today, tomorrow, the day after… I could not hear my truth and was constantly focusing on the eating disorder voices in my head. I could not be at peace and missed the feeling of freedom. I was binging, I could not have any control over food and the guilt I felt each time after eating food stuck with me. I felt so stressed just to sit a restaurant and think that all this food and I had to restrain or binge. And everything seemed to be a bad infinite loop around me in which I was stuck into! Also prior to my coach, Sarah, joining my team, I could never imagine that recovery was actually possible, I honestly felt alone and crazy in my eating disorder. HOPE was missing when I did not have a coach on my team. Also freedom was missing. When I knew Sarah was recovered from ED, I felt understood, I could tell her everything, text anytime between sessions, I had in mind a safe place....Continue Reading
"Having a coach meant having someone next to me, to support me and hold me accountable, plus track my progress. That was so important. Sarah took my hand and said we were going to do it together, creating weekly goals and challenges to overcome my fears. She truly understood me because she had been through it. No one else got “it” like she did. Sarah knew what I was thinking without me even having to say anything at times. I felt truly seen by her. I was able to trust her until I could trust myself. She gave me so many tools that helped me deal with my negative thought patterns. Sarah allowed me to reach out to her whenever I was struggling and this helped give me so much confidence in my recovery. She created a space of so much love and trust, without any judgement. I could tell her anything. I have never met someone like that before...Continue Reading
"My daughter got to meet with her recovery coach, Sarah Lee, only a handful of times before needing to be hospitalized for anorexia. Prior to the hospitalization, Sarah worked closely with my daughter's PCP and therapist, and upon my daughter's admittance to the hospital, Sarah was an invaluable resource for the team, sharing her insights and information. For me personally, Sarah was instrumental in helping me come to terms with the urgency of my daughter's state, which I am certain saved her life. As openings in programs were scarce and our insurance was not accepted widely, Sarah put in many hours reaching out to and connecting me with professionals at eating disorder treatment facilities until we found one that could take my daughter...Continue Reading
"It’s hard to think where I would be right now if I hadn’t met my Sarah. As a more introverted person, I never once felt uncomfortable during my sessions and it was like a sense of freedom that I had nowhere else. Sarah showed me steps on how I could aim higher for recovery, it really helped me understand truly what an eating disorder was, and how I could beat it. It’s something I’m so grateful for."