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Thumbs up Recovery tips! - June 7th 2013, 07:56 AM

Laura's tips and tricks for eating disorder recovery!

In the opposite fashion of a pro ana site I’ve complied this list full of POSITIVE ways to help recover from an eating disorder. It will be hard no matter what you do, but hopefully I can help make it a little more bearable for you. It would also be awesome if you guys shared things that have helped you

Remember your motivation. This one’s important guys. Whenever you’re having a weak moment make a list of all the reasons you need to continue with recovery, why you started recovery in the first place.

Make a “rescue box”. I’m not too sure where I heard this one, but I loved the idea :P Make a box and fill it with positive things, like a reasons for recovery list, a small soft toy, a trinket that’s important to you and flashcards with positive affirmations written on them.

Bin the scale. I know this one sounds hard, but really, the scale literally does nothing but give your ED something to bargain and beat you up with. At first you will be terrified, but fear is part of the recovery journey. If you’re in treatment, asking your team to “blind weigh” you may help.

Distract yourself whenever you can feel the thoughts creeping up on you. Really find something that works for you. Check hereeeeee.Try the things you think won’t work anyway- I never expected gaming to work but it’s now my favorite distraction.

Rationalise your thoughts- or get someone else to do it for you. If you feel “fat”, remember fat is an adjective, nothing more nothing less, so what scares you about being fat? Is it because you think no one will like you/ you won’t be small and looked after/ you need to be sick/ this makes you special/ whatever? Find the real reason behind your feelings and challenge the shit out of it. What evidence do you have that your feeling is fact? Try to prove it wrong. For example if you think you won’t be loved if you gain weight, ask a friend to either confirm or deny this for you.

Talk to people. CommunicateThis doesn’t have to be your family, or people who you don’t think understand. Find people who do understand, like other people in recovery- teenhelp.org/forums, you’ll find some there, just getting you started. A support group would be good in your local area. I never talked to my parents in recovery, but it’s important you find SOMEONE to talk to

Kick denial in the face. If you aren’t happy and struggle with eating or body image, there is a problem and that NEEDS to be addressed. There is no thing as “not sick enough” to die, seriously. People die at perfectly normal weights after nothing but a month or two of practicing disordered behaviors. Next time your eating disorder pulls the not sick enough line, send it here and let me deal with it.

Eat when you’re hungry- to an extent. Intuitive, natural eating is the goal for every end of recovery. However don’t try to rush into it too fast. If you struggle to identify when you’re hungry, set a timer or an alarm on your phone reminding you when to eat. Also, the only eating thing when you’re hungry doesn't always apply. People eat breakfast not because they’re necessarily hungry, but because it’s a mealtime and they know they should eat something to sustain their body.

Get back to a normal life. Spend time with healthy people, don’t just be content being sick. Everyone in life experiences something, and we can either sit at home, and be “poetically broken” and beautifully sad, or we can see past the bullshit and get out there and live.

I'll add more when I can think of them, but over to you. What's helped your recovery?

Take as long as you need.
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Re: Recovery tips! - June 7th 2013, 07:14 PM

This might be one of the best and most needed things I've read in a long time. I've definitely been struggling with recovery and I'm going to try using some of this list. One of the main things that I do to recover is eat with people that I feel safe with. I know that sounds kind of silly, but I know there are certain people who don't see me as fat and who know that being able to eat regularly is going to take time. So. If I have to eat, I try to do it with one of them because they distract me.

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Re: Recovery tips! - June 7th 2013, 10:01 PM

So Laura, when are you joining the Articles Team?

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Re: Recovery tips! - June 8th 2013, 09:49 AM

Originally Posted by Coexist. View Post
So Laura, when are you joining the Articles Team?
Me, do something productive on a regular basis?

Take as long as you need.

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Re: Recovery tips! - June 15th 2013, 01:03 AM

I'm so glad to see this thread!!!!!!!!! !

I try to eat with people who don't see me as fat either. I also use recovery apps on my iPhone, (Recovery Record) is a very good one, and it's free! I also try to think of positive things while eating.
When the thoughts come into my head, I try and talk them out with my friends or counselor. It helps.

I love the rescue box idea. Sadly, I'm visually impaired, and I'm not able to see flash cards or things like that. I'm thinking of making a "Recovery Flash Drive" with documents full of positive words, quotes, stories,etc. I'm always near a computer, so I can pull it out at anytime.

What other tips can you suggest?
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Re: Recovery tips! - June 15th 2013, 02:35 AM

Thanks for this. I'm going to save it and show it to my friend when she decides she wants to recover. Hopefully that's soon. (She's medically stable, but doesn't want to recover from her ED, so the thoughts are still there. )
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