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Eating Disorder Body Fantasy and Path to Recovery

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*pix Romantic, colorful, joyous uplifting sight - balloons rising into a beautiful sky. This is pleasure, even elation, in the moment.  But, living to keep an ephemeral bit of lovliness as a permanent state of being can be disastrous. Can you enjoy a moment and stay in the reality of cause and effect?

Reality

Balloons pop.  Balloons deflate. Their pieces fall to the ground or lodge in trees and bushes. Colors fade. The physicality of the balloon is fragile. The balloon is designed for a short life span and then succumbs to the forces of nature and collapses.

Your body is not a balloon. It can be strong, healthy and survive many harsh experiences. It can be lovely, uplifting and provide you with joy - the joy and exuberance of health. 

Stay in Eating Disorder Recovery on the 4th of July

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Every holiday seems to have a large food component in our culture.  Fourth of July is no exception.  *pix

If you have an eating disorder the holiday may pose some challenges for you that other people don't consider.

If you recognize these challenges and confront them directly in terms of your needs and vulnerabilities, 
you can participate in a fun celebration while maintaining your eating disorder recovery.

Fourth of July food challenges take many forms.

Eating Disorder Paradox of Body Obsession and Body Denial

A large mirror ball on the Promenade geograph.org.uk 532274* pix Fun to play with illusion and distortion when you are aware, disastrous if you believe the illusion.

When you stand on a scale or see the size of an outfit you are trying on your thoughts and feelings may go into free fall. You are happy, sad, angry, ashamed, depressed, despairing, powerful and superior or near emotional collapse. You focus on your power to control your shape and size or your failure to do so. Your body is on your mind 24/7.

Does it strike you that, despite your concern about your body, you do your best to ignore it?

The real you: overeater and unworthy or creative and valuable? Answer 15 questions to find out.

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If you are bogged down in your overeating behaviors and your unhappiness about being overweight by your standards, you may be confusing your authentic identity with your behaviors and self criticism.

Personal Detective Work

Do you believe the genuine you fuels your problematic behaviors or do have an inner knowing that what fuels these behaviors is not the real you?

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