If you are in recovery from an eating disorder, you are probably very familiar with the process of envisioning change and setting goals–sometimes achieving them, and other times falling short. Take advantage of the energy right now in both nature and society to reconnect with what you want of your life in recovery.
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As Diana grew up, she was exposed to unhealthy attitudes about food and body image in the world of competitive dance. “I was around eating disorders and disordered eating way more than I realized,” she said. This exposure, in combination with her love and passion for food, cooking, and science, inspired her to pursue a career in nutrition, and Diana eventually became a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Two hallmarks of the winter holiday season are spending time with family and partaking in festive feasts. For individuals working on recovery from an eating disorder, both of these aspects can present quite a challenge. It can also be confusing and frustrating for family members and friends of someone in recovery as they try to support them at this time.
Thanksgiving is one of the hardest days of the year for people struggling with an eating disorder. From the food to family dynamics, challenges abound. Consider using the following suggestions offered by eating disorder recovery coaches to make your Thanksgiving as peaceful as possible!
In high school, Pam suffered from an eating disorder. As she began to pursue recovery, she recognized that the fashion world was not a good fit for her: “I knew I would never fully recover if I was in a profession where the societal standards of beauty were solely based on a woman’s size, leading to an unattainable determination of one’s worth. Although I love fashion, it wasn’t a healthy choice for me to be in the field.”
Watching someone struggle with an eating disorder can be immensely stressful, scary, and frustrating. Because you care deeply about that person, you may find yourself taking on a caregiving role.
For individuals struggling with eating disorders, loving your body may seem like a nice idea, but out of reach. It may be hard enough to fuel your body with the food it needs, let alone give it love. But really, feeding yourself appropriately is an act of love, and a celebration of your body and yourself.
A crucial step in recovering from an eating disorder is realizing you are not alone. The shame that surrounds eating disorders often leads people to remain silent about their struggles. And in isolation, an eating disorder grows.
Recovery is a long road, and there are often many stumbling blocks along the way. Fortunately, eating disorder recovery specialists have identified several keys to sustaining recovery. One of the primary ones is developing and relying upon supportive relationships.
Hayley first imagined herself becoming a veterinarian, and then a surgeon. But, witnessing family members struggle with chronic medical issues related to their diet, she was ultimately inspired to become a dietitian.