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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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Brain Health Motivation Recovery Weight Changes

Period Talk… Amenorrhoea and your Brain Health!

If you have a restrictive eating disorder and you are a young woman, then there is a chance you don’t have a normal menstrual cycle and quite possibly experience what is known as hypothalamic amenorrhoea. Perhaps you have a hit and miss irregular cycle or maybe you have not had a period for some time […]

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Motivation Other Eating Disorder Behaviours Recovery Rewiring Weight Changes

Avoiding Diet Culture’s B.S. Brainwashing For YOUR Recovery

When you have an eating disorder, your brain is hard-wired in such a way as to instantly pay attention to information and ‘advice’ regarding dieting, weight loss, exercise and all the damaging diet industry and diet culture bullshit that dominates our modern day culture. These messages are precisely what we need to avoid when we […]

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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 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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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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Recovery Weight Changes

Recovery Is About Life Growth, Not Just Body Growth!

“Recovery is about life growth and not just body growth…” I was feeling honoured to have been quoted by my very good friend Hadley on this in her Instagram posts last week. These little words popped out of my brain and into my messaging app when Hadley and I were having a conversation about the greater volume […]

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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 […]