Eating Disorder Recovery: How to Maintain a Healthy Outlook on Food
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If you’re recovering from an eating disorder, you’re not alone. It’s estimated around 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in America today.
One of the most challenging parts of recovery is maintaining a healthy outlook on food. You want to change the way you view food, but at the same time, you don’t want to vilify/ romanticize it (depending on your disorder).
This article will walk you through some wellness coaching tips to help improve your relationship with food.
Find a Community
The best way to make sure you’re keeping a healthy outlook is to surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable.
A community of other people in recovery from eating disorders will be able to share their own experiences and wisdom. As you become more experienced, you can help people out as well. This helping also helps you solidify your own principles; helpings others helps you.
These communities can be as organized as a twelve-step program, or as informal as a new group of friends. At the end of the day, the most important part of this process is the structure.
However, you don’t need to rely completely on a support group. With proper education, your friends and family can help reassure you and keep you on the right track.
Find a Life Coach
A life coach is a sort of collaborative partnership between people, focusing on helping one person see the mistakes their making in their life and help to improve them.
Life coaches are able to see patterns objectively and provide advice that other people aren’t able to provide. They’re often versed in the world of positivity, self-help, and can help you look forward to a new version of yourself.
Here at RecoverEd, we believe that it helps to move past identifying with an eating disorder. A life coach can help you understand other identities to focus on, which will help you maintain a positive relationship with food.
Eat (Relatively) Healthy
If you’re suffering from anorexia, the last thing you want to do is get yourself on an obsessively restrictive diet.
However, no matter what your eating disorder is, it’s helpful to develop relatively healthy eating habits. Eating unhealthily can lead to you feeling sluggish and depressed, and can cause stomach problems. This will develop a negative association with food in your head, which will not do you well.
Don’t go overboard, but make sure you’re eating foods that you feel happy, no foods that you feel pressured into eating.
Develop a Healthy Outlook
As you can see, there are many options out there for those suffering from eating disorders to overcome their previous identity and change their relationship with food to a healthy outlook.
Find a community that can keep you accountable, get yourself a life coach that can help you develop a new identity, and eat healthy so your body thanks you.
For more information, contact us at RecoverEd.