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Emotion Helping Family / Carers Understand Recovery

No Shame To An Eating Disorder

Too frequently, I see people with eating disorders who are bravely attempting recovery from this all consuming, life changing and poorly understood illness, express shame. They feel ashamed that they have an eating disorder in the first instance, ashamed of what the illness has done to their life or the impact it has had on […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Emotion Motivation Recovery Restriction

‘Commitment’ To Recovery – What Does It Mean?

Very often nowadays, you will hear people say, ‘I am committing to my recovery‘ or recovery coaches might say, ‘you have to commit!‘… And it sounds great doesn’t it? It sounds wonderful. To be committed to the process and committed to our recovered selves… But what does it really mean when we talk about commitment […]

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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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Brain Health Motivation Recovery Rewiring

Eating Disorder Recovery Takes Focus – Brain Fact!

A human brain can only concentrate and pay attention to one thing at a time. This fact is a reality for us all… that even with the most accomplished or expert brain, focusing on more than one thing at a time is just not possible. Multi tasking is a myth…. I know all you female […]

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Anxiety In Recovery Emotion Helping Family / Carers Understand Recovery

Raw Recovery Emotions And Loved Ones

A personal post… When I was going through my early stage of intense recovery last year, I stayed with my parents for a few months. And although I owned my recovery, my parents were there, providing emotional support and regrettably (for me now) taking the brunt of the pure, raw and very real emotions that […]

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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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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 […]