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Sugar Substitutes, Yo Yo Diets and Weight Gain

Sugar Substitutes, Yo Yo Diets and Weight Gain
Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain

Artificial sweeteners, and all the promises surrounding them, play into the false sense of reality that accompanies eating disorder thinking. You believe can eat something sweet, not take in sugar, not take in calories, satisfy your cravings and not gain weight.  But it’s not the reality.

If you have an eating disorder you put thought and energy into how to outwit your body. Your goal is to binge eat or restrict and simultaneously have the body shape you want while feeling good. To do this you avoid or deny solid information about what your body needs to thrive.

Restricting, Eating Disorders and Striving for Perfection

Restricting, Eating Disorders and Striving for Perfection*pix

Perfection as Safety through Restricting Food

In early recovery work I see my clients struggle with their perfection issues. Regardless of the particular disorder (bulimia, anorexia, compulsive overeating or binge eating, restricting) the desire for perfection is usually present.

When a person is anxious and frightened  she may need to focus on how she can control her shape and size by restricting her food.  An ever present eating need to restrict she hopes will soothe, numb and distract her from her suffering. She can aso be thrilled to get smaller because her perception of being thin, small, tiny is her fantasy of the ultimate place of safety.

Restore Balance during Binge Eating, Restricting and Anxiety Relapse

Restore Balance during Binge Eating, Restricting and Anxiety Relapse
Return of binge eating, restricting and pervasive anxiety: a call to grow

Waking up with anxiety and tempted or acting out eating disorder behaviors days, weeks, months or even years after being free of the behaviors or even the desire to act out is shocking. If this is you you may be feel disheartened, weak, frightened and uncertain of your worth as a person. 

You not only experience this anxious state in the present. You remember all your past experiences, the trials you thought you healed yourself out of with psychotherapy, group work, reading, 12 step, maybe residential treatment. Was it all for nothing?

Understanding the cause of your reaching for your old coping style and what you need to restore your balance helps you through this challenge. Pay attention to this call and you can move into a healthier, stronger and more satisfying way of living than you ever had before.

Healing Wisdom for Binge Eating and Restricting Recovery

Healing Wisdom for Binge Eating and Restricting Recovery
"Without memory there is no healing. Without forgiveness there is no future"
Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


Your Binge Eating and Restricting Healing Journey Guidelines

Binge eating and restricting food signal, and hopefully invite the individual who suffers to undertake her healing journey. If this is you and you accept the invitation to recovery, you are about to start your healing joourney.

The guidelines are in Tutu's quote. I add that the missing sentence in the middle covers the journey.  It's the second act of a three act play where challenges are faced.  Here what is  denied is exposed., This is where your courage and determinatin bring you to your genuine truth.  You increase your ability to trust and love.

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