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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Other ED Behaviours Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

How To Stop Compulsive Exercise

HOW to stop compulsive exercise & movement in eating disorder recovery: It is all good knowing we have a compulsive exercise problem and even the theory behind why it is there but does that help us in stopping it? Please don’t think I am perfect. I am working hard to address my compulsions with movement, […]

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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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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Other ED Behaviours Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

What Is Compulsive Movement?

What constitutes compulsive movement? Formal exercise is easy to identify as something that we should not do in eating disorder recovery. Putting trainers on, going for a run, swimming, going to the gym and formal sports are all blatantly understood as being ‘exercise’ by joe public. What about lighter exercise though? The ‘well it is […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Recovery Motivation Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

‘All In’ On Movement?

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: ‘All In’ Challenges but what about Stopping Movement??In the eating disorder recovery community we often talk in black and white about going ‘all in’ in recovery with eating – responding to hunger, facing challenges and food fears etc… BUT what about the movement? […]

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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 Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Exercise And Movement In Recovery

We get very good at talking about the food side of eating disorder recovery.. eating more, overcoming ‘fear’ foods, facing more situations that we have previously avoided that involve food and this is vital to recover from an eating disorder….However, the parts we are not so good at talking about and most people with an […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Exercise And Movement In Recovery Part 2

In a decade with an eating disorder I have learnt A LOT about the illness. I have been part of ED communities and involved in advocacy for eating disorders and mental health. I have read extensively on the topic and have formed my own opinions from a collaboration of all of this. When it comes […]

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Recovery Motivation Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

‘Healthy’ And ‘Unhealthy’ Food Labels – Ugh!

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: Yesterday I ate (amongst other things): rocky road, iced Belgian bun, ice cream, magnum, cake, chocolate, trifle, crumpets and cheesy goods… In our diet obsessed world of today, many would consider this diet ‘unhealthy’ and look upon it with horror. However, I defy […]

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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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Eating Disorder Recovery Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Listening To Recovery Cravings

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: This was a veg, lentil, curry concoction which I had for lunch yesterday.This meal was fine but on reflection I think I allowed judgement to interfere with what I actually wanted to eat and what my body really needed and wanted. Up until […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Other ED Behaviours Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Money Spending With An Eating Disorder

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: This morning I had a mini win over this illness over an issue that I think many with an eating disorder experience, but that is rarely recognised….Money spending and allowing yourself new things. Before this eating disorder I was careful with money but […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Repeating Challenges

A Post Originally Written For Instagram Towards The Start Of My Recovery: This was a large triple chocolate cookie I had as I was starting to re-dip my toe into eating disorder recovery waters a few weeks ago…I had bought the cookie with all good intentions and then kept it at home too scared to […]

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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 […]