How To Recover From An Eating Disorder

This is what you will find online:

1 – Work with an eating disorder specialist treatment team if at all possible. If not, seek out some of the many wonderful self-help programs available to assist you in recovery.

2 – Develop self-acceptance through practicing compassion toward self.

3 – Develop a positive and self-nurturing internal dialogue.

4 – Get treatment for co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression.

5 – Practice mindfulness and living in the moment.

6 – Listen to and honor your feelings.

7 – Eat well and listen to your body’s hunger and fullness signs.

8 – Accept your genetic makeup and appreciate your body.

9 – Have a relapse prevention or correction plan.

10 – Develop faith and trust in God and let go of what you cannot control.

I’m sorry to say it but, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.
Are you kidding me?  That is what they put out there as ways to recover?  Totally unrealistic and ridiculous.  Look, I hope that this works for people.  But those of us that have been suffering for so long, need to do more than honour our feelings.  Because my feelings are so out of wack and confused I don’t know ho to honour them.  I needed help.  Honest help from someone that I could be accountable to.

People need real help.  They need resources.  They don’t need to be told to go for a walk when they want to throw up their dinner.  Or call a friend when they are about to buy a box of laxatives and overdose to the point of near death.
What helps are REALISTIC THINGS.
Here is what I find has helped me:
  • Assemble a treatment team
  • Address health concerns
  • Make a long term plan that includesIndividual or group therapy. Therapy can help you explore the issues underlying your eating disorder, improve your self-esteem, and learn healthy ways of responding to stress and emotional pain. Different therapists have different methods, so it is important to discuss with a therapist your goals in working towards recovery.

    Family therapy. Family therapy can help you and your family members explore how the eating disorder is affecting your relationships—and how various family dynamics may be contributing to the problem or impeding recovery. Together, you’ll work to improve communication, respect, and support.

    Nutritional counseling. The goal of a nutritionist or dietician is to help you incorporate healthy eating behaviors into your everyday life. A nutritionist can’t change your habits overnight, but over a period of time you can learn to develop a healthier relationship with food.

    Medical monitoring. Often, treatment will include regular monitoring by a medical doctor to make sure your health is not in danger. This may include regular weigh-ins, blood tests, and other health screenings.

    Residential treatment. In rare cases, you may need more support than can be provided on an outpatient basis. Residential treatment programs offer around-the-clock care and monitoring to get you back on track. The goal is to get you stable enough to continue treatment at home.

More than anything, you have to want it.  And you have to GET PROFESSIONAL HELP.   This is not something you can do on your own.  You need the tools, resources and medical help to get better.  Breathing, reading and walking won’t get you better at first.  Get medical and professional help now!  Than grab a book or go for a walk.



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