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Here you will find articles and links to articles about food and weight issues related to the eating disorder experience.  Issues include: guidance and support for eating well, coping with strong emotions and nourishing your mind and body.

 

Men, Blood Pressure, Weight and Better Health

Mr North Carolina twitter friend, Dave Munger, wrote a post (on his great blog) about his trying to get his blood pressure down. His post made me realize that we in the eating disorder realm have much to share with non eating disordered folk who want to be more healthy.

We who deal with eating disorders come to learn that will power is not the answer.  Here's what I wrote Dave.  Maybe you have more to add.

Perfection, Restricting and Eating Disorders

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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.

Artificial Sweeteners, Diets and Weight Gain: A Powerful Connection

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


Weight gain and artificial sweeteners are partners. The promises surrounding artificial sweeteners 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 that belief is 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 and weight you want while feeling good. To do this you avoid or deny solid information about what your body needs to thrive.

Don't Let Overeating Break Your Heart: bias confessions of a psychotherapist

Don't Let Overeating Break Your Heart: bias confessions of a psychotherapist


Binge eating and overeating draw you into perceived safety while breaking your heart. 

With or without an eating disorder, you live your life based on your agenda with your values leading the way. If you value the short terms benefits you get from binge eating or overeating you know you suffer from isolation, and self-criticism and loneliness.

My Bias

As a psychotherapist I am expected to have a neutral stance with my clients. However, I am not neutral. I want, with all my heart, for you to live a long healthy life. I want you to be well, to have love, joy, satisfaction, confidence and a genuine liking for yourself as you proceed onward to a feisty, interesting and healthy old age. I especially do not want you to break your own heart.

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