Good Morning my friends! I hope you are enjoying your Tuesday so far. Recently, I have been detecting a theme among those I am mentoring and counseling. The theme has been one that many people in recovery with an Eating Disorder can relate to, so I thought it would be best to share it with all my readers.
Let’s start off by stating the importance of getting professional help when struggling with an eating disorder. If you are struggling yourself or know of someone who is, please encourage them to receive the professional help that is required. If you need guidance in doing so, please contact me and I can help you find resources in your area.
Now, let’s move on to one aspect of this professional help that I just mentioned, a nutritionist whom specializes in Eating Disorders. It is important to find a professional who knows the dangers, complications and all issues regrading nourishing our bodies and how the Eating Disorder takes a toll on our physical health. It is important to be aware of the physical complications that can occur when engaging in dangerous eating disorder behaviors. Our physical health can be met by properly nourishing our bodies and making the effort to stop engaging in eating disordered behaviors.
The best words of wisdom I can give you is to no longer view your meal plan as “optional.” Early in my recovery when I planned and wrote out my meal plan, I wrote in big letters at the top “Behaviors are NOT an option.” You have to view your meal plan as your instructions for the day that HAVE to be followed…no ifs, ands, or buts about it!
Another thing I did to stop me from being overwhelmed with the meal plan was to fold my meal plan, so that I could only see breakfast. At lunchtime, I’d unfold it so I could see lunch, and so on. I did this for each meal and snack that was “prescribed” to me. This helped me to just focus on the present, which seemed more manageable.
Also, setting up accountability with someone helps a lot. This is where your treatment team can come into play, your therapist and nutritionist can be your accountability buddies!
Following your meal plan can be difficult, especially in the beginning, but it will get easier with time. I know that’s probably hard to believe right now, but trust me! I’m speaking from experience. Instead of “trying” to follow your meal plan, tell yourself “I WILL follow my meal plan today.” And when you do, make sure you tell us here so we can celebrate with you! No step is ever too small to celebrate! : )
Always Be YOU,