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Here you will find articles that address various emotional, physical, behavioral and spiritual symptoms that are often part of the eating disorder experience.

 

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Getting Unstuck

When you have an eating disorder you can feel "stuck" in repetitive behaviors and thought processes. Self doubt and merciless self criticism build along with your frustration and growing despair.  You might even feel a sense of doom as you continue to be bogged down and limited despite your attempts to get past your blocks.

 

Sound familiar?

Solve the mystery of a binge day: the morning lure

swan eating 362747 640*pix Swan eating breakfast. Mmm. When you recognize the value of your morning meal you give yourself greater opportunity to recover from your binge eating.

The binge pattern goes like this: 

Yesterday you ate too much.  Last night you binged. Maybe you threw up. You went to bed exhausted.  You criticized yourself for failing to end your eating disorder. You vowed that the tomorrow you would start fresh and not binge.

Can an anorexic woman lose weight if she's at a healthy weight?

New question:  "I'm out of inpatient treatment for anorexia.  My team says I'm at a healthy weight. I never thought I'd be over 120 and now I'm over 130!  Can I get down to 120 and still be healthy?"

You are doing great!  Hang in there with what your recovery team is telling you.  You are definitely on your healing path.

You title your question, "Eating Disorder Recovery and its Aftermath."  Your title is an example of what I find to be so confusing for many people beginning their path to healing.  Once you stop your eating disorder behaviors and establish a healthy body weight even deeper recovery work is required.

Why Should I Eat? More on Mediterranean Diet and Eating Disorders


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*pix Quality nourishment makes flowers and you bloom.

Part of the reason an eating disorder holds a tenacious grip on a person, particularly someone with anorexia, is that the brain is not able to think clearly or realistically The brain is malnourished and struggling to keep brain cells alive. When the brain is starving, either from no food or low quality food or too many toxins, a person can get caught in eating disorder thinking. Then she sees anything that seems to threaten the eating disorder way of life as an enemy. 

Poor logic, dangerous reasoning, distorted perceptions and obsessive commitment to unhealthy practices prevail. The person needs to nourish her brain well so she can align herself with the healthy and normal principles that support her recovery.

Following the basics of the Mediterranean Diet is a fine way to nourish the brain and restore mental clarity. Since  "diet" can be a triggering word for people with eating disorders a better description might be the Mediterranean style of eating.

Learn more about the Mediterranean style of eating by following the links below.

Mediterranean Diet details as described by the Mayo Clinic

Mediterranean Eating Habits Prove Good for the Brain in Scientific American

Mediterranean Diet Can Protect Your Brain Power in the Wellness Blog

What Should I Eat? Mediterranean Diet Pyramid in the Eating Disorder Recovery Blog

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