Binge Eating and Restricting: Simple Tip for Living in Recovery


Binge Eating and Restricting: Simple Tip for Living in RecoveryTip for Freedom from Disrupted Eating

Regardless of whether you binge eat, overeat or did in the past, when you have someone in your life who supports your well-being, who listens to you when you are hurting or suffering, who cares about you and helps you get back on track you have a gift in your life. When you trust this person and come to rely on him or her to have your back, you both will benefit more if you find meaningful ways to reciprocate.

The reliable support,  especially if you have an eating disorder, can be a person: a friend, a neighbor, a family member, a colleague, a customer, a home helper. The support can also be an organization and yes, it can be an animal companion. It can even be inanimate objects like art and books.

When you are down, self-critical and hurting you may think or feel you have nothing to offer.  I invite you to think about what you have or know that could be of value to a member of your support system.

Look at your skills, the challenges you have faced and what you used to meet them. What have you learned or developed that you may think is of little consequence to your situation now but was valuable in the past? What keeps you going now when you are struggling?

Your experience and insight, bits of information that have helped you, could be helpful to those who support you now.

Letting that person or organization or animal know you appreciate their presence in your life is a gift. Going beyond gratitude to action can enhance the quality of your relationship and create more trust and self-respect on both sides.

You can always ask what their needs might be now. You can observe and see where they focus their energy. It is a clue to what is important to them. You can offer and ask them how you might contribute to achieving their goals.



Listen to their experiences.
Ask about their family.
Remembe their challenges and checking in to let them talk about the status of that situation.
Ask what they have noticed in your life that they would like to know more about for their own needs.


Contribute time, effort, money, testimonials.

Your  Companion Animals:

two dogs and woman on beach

Notice what they like or need or would enjoy,

More cozy beds around? More brushing and baths? More pets and rubs? More play? More walks? More veterinarian attention? More companionship? More games or tasks?

The biggest need of companion animals is companionship. They are alone too long. Giving your pet a pet may be a wonderful gift. Your pet needs what you need, love, a caring presence and a fun companion.


Share their value with others.
Contribute to book sharing on street corner boxes and libraries.
Read to children and people whose vision is failing or on a YouTube video.
Support your library. 


Share the value you receive from art with others.
Support your museums and galleries.

This tip, if followed, will enrich your life and the lives of others. That enrichment will add more support to your own development as a healthy, stable and self-confident person.

This tip was inspired by: Mentorship Is Not a One-Way Street,” by Cynthia J. Young

Joanna Poppink, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in eating disorder recovery. All appointments are virtual. For a free telephone consultation e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pix: woman helping woman: Image by go_see from Pixabay

Pix: two dogs and woman on beach:  Image by Sven Lachmann from Pixabay

two women and dogs at beach

 lots of reciprocation here!  :)

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