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Anxiety In Recovery Brain Health Emotion Recovery Rewiring

Tolerating Uncertainty In Eating Disorder Recovery

As humans, our brains are hardwired to dislike uncertainty in any aspect of our lives and I find this an interesting topic and particularly relevant here as the ability to tolerate uncertainty is key in eating disorder recovery. Every human brain loves certainty. Our basic survival brain perceives uncertainty as a danger and so it […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Lower Level Movement / Exercise Recovery Rewiring

Compulsive Exercise And Movement During ‘Lockdown’ or Self Isolation – An Opportunity!

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about the Covid-19 pandemic that is sweeping the globe and the impact it might be having on those with eating disorders.  That post included my more general thoughts about how difficult this period of time can be for someone with an eating disorder but that it […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Motivation Recovery Rewiring

Putting Eating Disorder Recovery Back On Top!

I have recently made a really tough decision – perhaps idiotic, perhaps wise, maybe brave, possibly cowardly…. whatever it is, it was very very hard to make and then to put the necessary wheels into motion. And I want to share my current decision and situation, to be real and to show that recovery is […]

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Lower Level Movement / Exercise Motivation Other Eating Disorder Behaviours Recovery Rewiring Weight Changes

Why I Won’t Be Joining The “Strong Not Skinny” Craze In Eating Disorder Recovery

Within the eating disorder recovery community there is a large following of the ‘strong not skinny’ movement and a focus on this in terms of recovering from a restrictive eating disorder. Being the naive person that I can be at times, on first hearing the term ‘strong not skinny’ when it was used in relation […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Eating Disorder Treatment Emotion Lower Level Movement / Exercise Motivation Recovery Rewiring Weight Changes

Things I Wish I Had Known When I First Developed Anorexia….

When I first became ill with anorexia nervosa, I was a 27 year old woman who had never had any form of disordered eating, history of dieting or weight manipulation and I was at a stage in my life where I felt happy and settled.  Therefore finding myself with a severe eating disorder was a […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Emotion Motivation Recovery Rewiring Weight Changes

Eating Disorder Recovery – “Tell Me How To Recover!!”

How many times did I seek the magic answer to eating disorder recovery over my years of illness? How many times have I been asked the question or asked it myself of others, ‘…but HOW?!?’. “But HOW do I eat more / rest more / stop my weird and not so wonderful eating disorder behaviours […]

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Emotion Fear Foods Other Eating Disorder Behaviours Recovery Rewiring

The Torment Of Food Decisions With An Eating Disorder

Wow… those early days of recovery eating could be pure mental torture when it came to trying to make a food decision. The agony and processing that an eating disorder brain will put us through in making a pure and simple choice of what to eat next is not even describable. And the sad thing […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Eating Disorder Treatment Lower Level Movement / Exercise Motivation Recovery Rewiring

Stop Delaying – Eating Disorder Recovery Will Never Feel OK!!

This morning I woke up to the best message ever in my inbox… a message from another woman, of a similar age to me, who has had anorexia for years, telling me, “Today is the day… I am doing it!!”. … Yes, after a turbulent few days of indecision she is taking the terrifying and […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Fear Foods Lower Level Movement / Exercise Other Eating Disorder Behaviours Recovery Rewiring

The Little Rules And Behaviours

An eating disorder can keep us trapped for years and over those years we develop brains  that are hard wired to think and make us act in certain ways…  A brain that has developed disordered and often completely screwed up ways of thinking about food, exercise and weight.  But also, often a brain that is […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Lower Level Movement / Exercise Other Eating Disorder Behaviours Recovery Restriction Rewiring Weight Changes

Identifying When Recovery Is Slipping / Signs Of Relapse

In recovery from an eating disorder, it takes constant vigilance to keep the momentum of recovery going.  And when life starts to get more involved again after years of illness and takes over in other wonderful ways, it can be easy to take your eye off the recovery ball and not instantly notice that recovery […]