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How to eat healthily without obsessing?? - December 30th 2012, 07:00 PM


So I've had my fair share of eating problems, binging, purging and starving. There have been times of my life where all I could think about was food. I did the whole thing, planning every meal, counting calories obsessively and weighing myself every day. Somehow, though, I managed to drag myself out of that place. I just got so fed up with how much effort starving myself took and how sad it made me that I managed to think, 'Screw that, I don't care anymore.'

Thing is, now I don't care too much. My eating is out of control in the opposite direction. I eat more than is healthy and I eat too much junk food. But now I feel like if I start trying to address the issue and eat properly, I will end up starving myself again. I'm terrified that I'm gonna end up there again. I don't want to have to stick my fingers down my throat cause I ate a salad. But equally, I don't want to eat three burgers because I feel I can't stop myself.

I just want to be healthy and take care of myself. I want to eat chips without guilt but then go eat fruit, not because I 'need' to or because I 'should' do, but because I want t take care of myself.

So yeah, does anyone have any tips on how to be in control, but not obsess?

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Re: How to eat healthily without obsessing?? - December 31st 2012, 05:59 PM

This is where fine balance and consistency comes in play. You went from one extreme to the other, so you need to meet yourself in the middle. It's going to take effort on your part. So, key to this is talking to a doctor who can map out a healthy meal plan for you to stick to. You can also plan your meals a week ahead and plan snacks as well. Make sure the meals are healthy as far as actual foods and portions. And as great as this could all be, it's more effective if you have someone to talk to about this, who can hold you accountable for this meal plan. It's going to take effort and drive. It's not easy to restrict or purge. But it's definitely not easy to have a balanced diet. That takes work because in some ways you're triggered to revert back to old habits. If you find yourself feeling triggered to relapse talk to someone. Someone you trust. You're more likely to relapse if you don't have the support you need.

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