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Brain Health Helping Family / Carers Understand Motivation Recovery Rewiring

Wiring Positivity And Purpose Into A Lasting And Meaningful Recovery

In eating disorder recovery, we frequently refer to the concept of brain rewiring as a fundamental part of the process.  Unless we use the plasticity our brains have to change our habits and make recovery focused behaviours, thoughts and ultimately beliefs our norm, we won’t attain a lasting recovery. Frequently though when people talk about […]

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Brain Health Emotion Motivation Recovery Rewiring

Brain Science Proves Gratitude Matters!

In the past, whenever people have suggested I might like to practice daily ‘gratitude’ – perhaps in a nice journal or using some other method, externally I might have smiled and nodded, while inside I was thinking, ‘f**k off’. ‘Practicing gratitude’ to me sounded hippy, woo woo and quite frankly, when you are miserable living […]

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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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Emotion Lower Level Movement / Exercise Other Eating Disorder Behaviours Recovery

‘Martyr Complex’ In Eating Disorders

Within an eating disorder, the ‘martyr complex’, in which people will act like a martyr to the point of self destruction is a feature seen more often than not. ‘Martyr complex’ is a recognised term to describe people who seek out the feeling of being a martyr, putting others needs above their own suffering as […]

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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 […]

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Brain Health Helping Family / Carers Understand Recovery Rewiring

A Model To Rewire The Brain With An Eating Disorder Recovery Spin!

When it comes to eating disorder recovery today, we frequently refer to the concept of ‘rewiring our brains’ into healthy recovery focused pathways in terms of our automatic behaviours relating to food, weight manipulation and other such things. I am currently doing a course in neuroscience and I have been learning about what we actually […]