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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Recovery Motivation Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Forcing A Path Through Recovery Woods

“When you’re lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you’ve just wandered off the path, that you’ll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Other ED Behaviours Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Not Eating At Permitted Times Can Be As Tormenting As Eating More

Another symptom of eating disorders that I am sure I am not unique in experiencing and is poorly understood is that the prospect of not eating in my very rigid and safe times, places and ways could be as tormenting as the prospect of eating more or facing fear foods. The eating disorder I have […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Rewiring / Neuroplasticity Weight Changes

Cold Turkey Movement Compulsions?

Cold Turkey To Overcome Movement Compulsions?? This is a question I’ve asked myself many times – how we approach stopping exercise & compulsive movement in eating disorder recovery? Cold turkey or gradually decrease? I don’t think there is a one size fits all approach. Recovery is messy & complicated & takes a lot of trial […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Restriction & Fear Foods

How To Overcome Restrictive Eating

*This post was originally written for my Instagram account* Ideas of how to address lingering restriction in recovery… – Choose the highest cal & most scary option wherever possible. – Ask, ‘What would pre-ED me have eaten?’ – Let the eating disorder chatter away but try to ignore the thoughts & threats. – Notice a […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Recovery Motivation Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Dealing With Bad Recovery Days

I wish recovery was all happy cake eating, coffee shops, smiling moments with loved ones & feeling relaxed lying on the sofa munching pizza & watching Netflix. Reality is different. Yes, there are moments of eating better, cake & pizza, coffee shop trips which can be enjoyable but these are also all associated with feelings […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Between a rock and a hard place in eating disorder recovery… That’s where I currently feel I’m at in this stage of my recovery journey. The initial stage is almost a honeymoon stage… foods are suddenly more ‘allowed’ as you start to disobey ED rules and eat a bit less restrictively and drive down on […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Visiting Coffee Shops

A trip out to a new bakery for tea & cake with my mum was just what the doctor ordered… Over the past few weeks in recovery, I have been taking regular coffee shop trips, alone or with someone else, and I have been reflecting on why and how they have been helpful in recovery…. […]

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Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Facing The Milkshake Fear

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: A trip out today for a bit of nourishment…This banana milkshake was the eventual result! This was definitely a harder challenge on more than one level… Firstly, when I ordered it I had no idea what it was going to look like… but […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Recovery Motivation Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Rigid Routines

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: It has been an odd day today… I arranged to go and visit my grandparents who are in their 90s this morning and it was important to me to see them and spend time with them. However, I was caught by surprise at […]

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Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Recovery Motivation Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Taking Back Control

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: Some mornings I wake up and the automatic eating disorder brain pathways are so strong that it can be easy to forget I’m not to follow them and need to walk another path today too and not just yesterday!I therefore have to give […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery

Recovery Is Hard

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: We talk a lot about the food side of eating disorder recovery and the new food hurdles we are jumping and delicious cuisine we are enjoying… but we often fail to talk about the fact that recovery is not all fun and games!! […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery

Is Recovery Possible?

Have you ever felt like reaching a full recovery is impossible???Perhaps you can believe it of others but not yourself? Life within the grips of an eating disorder is confusing, overwhelming and frightening but finding a way out is equally mystifying at times and can in dark moments feel impossible. Understanding what life recovered might […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Fear & Anxiety In Recovery

Walk Into The Fear

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: Eating disorder recovery is exhausting…You have to keep your wits about you at all times. The thoughts of cutting back, being more active, using any small eating disordered behaviour that will keep you stuck can be very sneaky and so automatic that it is […]