Life without Anorexia

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My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tips to prevent binging on special occasions

As i know its Thanksgiving today it can be very tough for people with an eating disorder so i thought this information would be helpful to those of you who struggle with binge eating. (And im hoping to write a post about how to cope if you suffer with restrictive eating - how to let yourself enjoy food and allow yourself to eat) :)

Remember - FOOD IS OK. ITS ENERGY. ITS OK IF YOU DO OVEREAT, BUT TRY TO FIND BALANCE. ENJOY THE FOOD YOU EAT, IF YOU FEEL THAT A BINGE IS COMING AND YOU CANT STOP IT, THEN TALK TO SOMEONE OR DISTRACT YOURSELF. BUT DONT RESTRICT AND DONT FEEL GUILTY!

If you have a tendency to binge Thanksgiving is often one of the most dreaded days of the year. There is SO much food and so many different things to eat and of course it just has to be mostly comfort food. And then you’re surrounded by family and relatives who are often triggering. 
  • You’re probably having a lot of self doubt. You don’t want to binge, but you have a mental list of the things that could trigger it and you have very little confidence in your ability to resist the urges
  • Think for a minute. How many times during each day would you estimate you want to binge but don’t? Probably a lot more than you actually binge. You’re probably fighting harder than you give yourself credit for.
  • Before you fill your plate give yourself a minute to look over the food. But not too long or you might end up over thinking and getting indecisive 
  • Decide on which foods you want to eat, then put a reasonable amount of each on your plate. After that don’t put more food on your plate until you’ve eaten everything you’ve already served yourself. If you overfill your plate and get full you might feel pressured to finish everything out of politeness
  • Try to stay present and mindful. Don’t let your mind wander to painful or triggering places. Focus on how the food tastes and feels and try to stay in touch with your hunger cues
  • Remember that there is a difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. If you’re feeling upset by family you might have the emotional hunger that makes you want to binge to comfort yourself
  • Eat slowly. If you eat too quickly the feeling of fullness might take a little while to catch up and you could end up overeating which could trigger you to purge later
  • If you are feeling really intense urges to binge you can excuse yourself to go to the bathroom for a minute and text someone who supports you, or if you don’t have anyone you could just type out your feelings to get them off your chest
  • Do some deep breathing during the meal. It’s perfectly possible to do so without being obvious about it. Just take deep breaths in through your nose and let them out your mouth. Try to keep your muscles from tensing up and your jaw from clenching. The more anxious you are the more you’ll want to binge to comfort yourself
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