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Family Meals Can Be a Powerful Aid in Eating Disorder Prevention


Family Meals Can Be a Powerful Aid in Eating Disorder Prevention
Love and respect at family meals are vital in the eating disorder prevention equation.

What eating disorder recovery and health looks like at a family dinner.


Health and recovery support by the family involves behaving reasonably and practically with a powerful undertone of love and respect at during fammily meals. Family and friends show a glad willingness to listen to others and have confidence that they can passionately disagree. Everyone is certain that, right or wrong, everyone in the family loves and will stand by everyone else.

Perspective on Eating Disorder Recovery and Relapse

Perspective on Eating Disorder Recovery and Relapse

Meaning of "Fully Recovered" from an eating disorder



A thirty-three year old man wrote to me saying he had been a binge eater most of his life and now was fully recovered. Food has been a non issue for two years.

Of course, I am glad he is happy with the strides he has made in his life. But his post got me to thinking about what recovery means.


I have been working since 1980 with people who have and who have had eating disorders.  People have many different attitudes and definitions of being fully recovered.

Gratitude Journal: ease your anxiety and your binge eating

Gratitude Journal: ease your anxiety and your binge eating
Now could be the best time to start your gratitude journal. It will be ready to welcome and support your emotional life on New Year’s Day,

Begin by placing a reminder note on your bathroom mirror that reads, “Add one item to your gratitude journal, no matter how small.” This give you motivation and moves your energy away from binge eating.

Meet Your Critic with a Smile

The “no matter how small” is essential.  Looking in any mirror at any time fora person who binge eats can be a trial.  Mirrors, like scales, bring out the ferocious and unrelenting inner critic, merciless and condemning.

Meeting your critic with a gratitude reminder can help prevent you from spiraling into a bleak emotional state.

An Eating Disorder Hides Your Authentic Self

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If you suffer from an eating disorder you may not know the difference between your symptoms and your authentic identity. Knowing you have an identity that is different and more powerful than your eating disorder behaviors is a vital component in your recovery.

Our culture often applauds people for symptoms, like being a workaholic, and criticizes for others, like being a drunk or an overeater. Our culture often fails to recognize the differences between symptoms, behaviors and identity.

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