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Embracing the Journey: Eating Disorder Tips for Recovery

I am often asked if true recovery from an eating disorder is real. Secondly, how did I do it? I am going to break it down with candor and summarize my eating disorder tips and recovery tactics.

 

Some Back Story

 

If you have followed me for a while or ever heard me speak, you know that in most of my twenties, behind closed doors, I struggled with Bulimia. Had I been diagnosed today the term would have been Anorexia Binge-Purge Subtype. For those of you wondering what that diagnosis means, my overt behaviors were as follows. Note 1: Potential trigger, read with caution. Note 2: I unintentionally had a pattern, which is not uncommon:

  • High Restriction, specifically keeping calories very low for at least 1-2 weeks.
  • Followed by an unplanned-uncontrollable Binge episode, defined as a strong urge to eat in mass quantity, leading to a rapid consumption of 3,000-10,000 calories.
  • Purging after the Binge.
  • Back to a period of Restriction.

This was my typical pattern for almost seven years before finding an amazing therapist. I was in so deep even my best friend had no idea. She said to me later, and I quote, β€œI had no clue. You have always been that person who I thought was perfect.” Her statement really hit me because perfection was my goal, yet in reality I was a complete prisoner within myself…TO my eating disorder.

 

My Eating Disorder Tips for Recovery

 

𝐄𝐧𝐝𝐒𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐭, πƒπ’π¬π¨π«ππžπ«πžπ 𝐁𝐞𝐑𝐚𝐯𝐒𝐨𝐫𝐬:

  • Stopped restricting: I had to ditch dieting, dump meal plans, stop counting calories/weight watcher points, and learn how to listen to what my body needs.
  • Stopped binging: I had to add more protein and fat. Truth: making sure I had protein and fat at EVERY meal, was a massive game-changer for me and my urge to binge faded.
  • Stopped purging: Learning about the physical short-term and long-term damage I was doing to my body. Self-induced vomiting is extremely hard on the body. I am fifteen years recovered and still have digestive sensitivities that need extra TLC.

 

π‚πšπ«π’π§π  𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐒𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐒π₯π₯𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐞π₯𝐟:

  • Body: Learning all about REAL nutrition, instead of diet culture philosophies.
  • Heart: Opened up to mysterious true love again and allowed myself to fall, instead of checking off boxes.
  • Soul: Unwavering commitment to getting up early for a quiet morning routine to reflect, restore, revitalize & plan, prioritize, pray.
  • Mind: I had to accept my natural, healthy weight range, which was at least 15 pounds more than what I wanted. This is the truth! Some of you may say, β€œthat’s it,” while others will say, β€œoh, that is so hard.” For me, it was extremely difficult to accept and took YEARS after I had stopped all of my disordered behaviors.
  • Temperament: I had to find new, healthy coping skills. Being a doer and an achiever has served me well in life, yet such can also make for a more anxious internal vibration and throw me out of balance. I had to learn, therefore, embrace rest, pay attention to when I have taken on too much, and be okay with pulling back. Lastly, although it may seem silly, vacuuming helps me release anxiety. So even with hardwood floors, I need plenty of rugs to tend to (ha!).

 

Recovery is possible! YES….IT IS!!! What it means is NEVER going back to disordered behaviors and ALWAYS practicing care for self. I hope my eating disorder tips for recovery help you in your own journey! FLY FREE FRIENDS!!!!!

This blog is dedicated to my Mom who passed away too soon, and I have now missed her for 8 years! She would have been 70 years old this month. She was the most loving, accepting, forgiving human I have ever met, and I got to call her mom! I don’t talk about it often, but she is with me, fulfilling this calling to help others.

 

With Love & Light,

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