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‘Commitment’ To Recovery – What Does It Mean?

Very often nowadays, you will hear people say, ‘I am committing to my recovery‘ or recovery coaches might say, ‘you have to commit!‘… And it sounds great doesn’t it? It sounds wonderful. To be committed to the process and committed to our recovered selves… But what does it really mean when we talk about commitment […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Helping Family / Carers Understand Recovery Restriction Rewiring Weight Changes

Feast Always Follows Famine

‘Feast Always Follows Famine’…. These old sayings exist because they are true. And in eating disorder recovery when you think you are broken because you are hungry ALL the time and thoughts of food will never switch off, even when your stomach is stretched to a painfully full limit yet no amount of food that […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Brain Health Fear Foods Recovery Rewiring

Turn Fear Into Excitement In Recovery

The fear is real in eating disorder recovery, but what if we can turn that fear into excitement? With an eating disorder, we develop very intense and real fear responses whenever we try to eat and rest more or change other hard wired disordered behaviours that have developed over the course of the illness. Although […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Emotion Helping Family / Carers Understand Recovery

Raw Recovery Emotions And Loved Ones

A personal post… When I was going through my early stage of intense recovery last year, I stayed with my parents for a few months. And although I owned my recovery, my parents were there, providing emotional support and regrettably (for me now) taking the brunt of the pure, raw and very real emotions that […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Eating Disorder Treatment Fear Foods Helping Family / Carers Understand Other Eating Disorder Behaviours Recovery Restriction Rewiring

Meal Plans Prevent Neural Rewiring In Eating Disorder Recovery

In traditional treatment for eating disorders, meal plans are the ‘prescription’ every patient who walks through the door is given.  They are the basis that treatment has been built upon for years.  Wherever you live in the world and whether it is eating disorder treatment as an inpatient, out-patient, day patient or something in-between, meal […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Emotion Helping Family / Carers Understand Recovery Rewiring

No Pain, No Gain In Eating Disorder Recovery

This post is a sharp reality hit about eating disorder recovery. I write this post because recognising how real and unavoidable this truth is, if full recovery is ever to actually be realised, took me far too many years in my recovery but it need not be so for others. And the truth I want […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Brain Health Recovery Rewiring

Words Matter In Eating Disorder Recovery

This post is called, ‘Words Matter In Eating Disorder Recovery’ but actually the words we use in day to day life matter in everything, all the time! So, although in this post, I will be relating how we use words and language to talk or think about ourselves or our lives in respect to eating […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Lower Level Movement / Exercise Motivation Recovery Rewiring Weight Changes

“Quasi Recovery” – An Inevitability In Eating Disorder Recovery?

Is the dreaded ‘quasi-recovery’ an inevitability in the recovery process from an eating disorder? This is a question that occurred to me recently. Before I continue though, for those who are not aware of this term, ‘quasi recovery’ refers to the half-way (or maybe a bit more than half-way) recovery state that many people hit […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Fear Foods Lower Level Movement / Exercise Recovery Restriction Rewiring

Eating Disorder Recovery – Reset From Zero To HERO!!!

Many of us with an eating disorder are told (probably because it is true) that we have very black and white thinking. I do not believe that the black and white mindset is a pre-existing ‘personality trait’ of a person with an eating disorder, which some ‘professionals’ might try to persuade us is the case, […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Emotion Recovery Weight Changes

A Bad Body Image Day

This morning I woke up with bad body image. I had discomfort with my body, a general feeling of being bigger and a sense of negativity about it all…  I felt more aware of my size and uncomfortable both mentally and physically. It is actually unusual for me to experience poor body image days like […]