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How to Use Your Values for Eating Disorder Recovery

How to Use Your Values for Eating Disorder Recovery

5 Ways to Use Your Values in Eating Disorder Recovery A few months ago, I heard a dietitian named Chere Bork speak. She considers herself to be a “life coach” or “energy igniter.” Chere also goes by “Chere Banana” and gives talks to kids! Chere Bork MS, RDN Chere Banana! Chere actually supports super busy individuals in achieving their goals, getting and staying motivated, and reigniting their passions. Seeing Chere speak was an amazing experience and I was so glad I got to hear all the advice she had to offer. I felt like I was able to brainstorm about how I can energetically achieve my own passions and goals… Of course, it also got me thinking about how this talk can be used in recovery from an eating disorder. She spoke a lot about living life close to your values. What are values? Webster dictionary defines “values” as the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. OR a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life. So, basically living life closer to your values means you are holding the things you find important close to your heart and respecting your beliefs. That’s how you can truly make your life more abundant. Another way to think about this is “you attract who you are, not who you want to be.” (Another quote by Chere). I took this to mean your values and who you truly are as a person is the driving force in achieving your goals. If you go against values, or try to be...
Meal Support during a Pandemic

Meal Support during a Pandemic

Where to get help during the pandemic? Looking for meal support resources during COVID-19 pandemic? Here are ideas to help you follow your meal plan during recovery Meal support resources during pandemic and beyond: INSTAGRAM support during pandemic: @covid19eatingsupport – community care@monte.videos – daily quotes & inspiring videos@libbyshappyproject – body positive illustrator@bodypositivepear – atypical anorexia remission@nerdabouttown – plus size body positivity@gracefvictory – plus size body positivity@selfloveclubb – a mental health/body positivity@allisonkimmey – getting off the yo-yo dieting@calliethorpe // theconfidencecorner – self love@hi.ur.beautiful – body positivity quotes@i_weigh – body positivity@saggysara – “instagram vs reality” factor@chessiekingg – body positivity influencer@bodyposipanda – body positivity influencer@celestebarber – comedian using humor to tackle body positivity@effyourbeautystandards – body positivity@iskra – body positivity influencer@lindseyhallwrites – PCOS and eating disorder@beating_eatingdisorders – recovery inspiration@recovrywarriors – recovery from ED@healthyisthenewskinny – “choosing health over the beauty ideal”@covid19studentsupport – support for students, by students BLOGS: Recovery WarriorsBeauty Beyond BonesI Haven’t Shaved in Six WeeksLane9 ProjectEvery Body is Beautiful ProjectTrans Folx Fighting Eating DisordersLet’s Queer Things UpThe Friend I Never Want(ED)Marginalized Voices Project – NEDA’s storytelling opportunity for underserved voices FACEBOOK support: CFD Nutrition ClubEmpowered Eating PODCASTS for eating disorder recovery: Eating Disorder Recovery with Dr. Janean AndersonFood Psych PodcastPeace Meal – the Emily Program Eating disorder Recovery APPS: Recovery RecordAn easy and discrete way to chart progress and check in with yourself – as well as your dietician.Rise Up + RecoverFrom the blog Recovery Warriors, this uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help monitor diet and exercise to determine what your triggers are.JouvrieTrack meals, provide coping strategies and printable archives, while focusing less on what you eat, and more on how you...
How to Follow Your Meal Plan When You are Busy

How to Follow Your Meal Plan When You are Busy

Seven Tips for Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery Fail to plan is a plan to fail especially in terms of a meal plan. I have been talking to many clients this week about how following your meal plan is so much easier when you plan ahead. Of course, mentally it can be hard to fight your eating disorder and meet all of your exchanges, but logistically planning out your meals for the week can help you get one step closer to making it a reality. Particularly on weeks when you are busy, having a plan in place will help you prioritize your recovery. I want to note that your recovery is your top priority and should not be set aside for anything, however we do want to see you living your life and doing what you love whether a parent, working full time, a college student living outside the home, or a high school student with various after school commitments here are some tips for following your meal plan when you are busy. Talk to your loved ones. It can help to be on the same page with others in your household so you can plan accordingly to meet your meal plan and not be thrown for any surprises. Perhaps mom/dad or your loved one would be willing to plan out some meals together and therefore you can fill in the gaps to help you meet all your exchanges (dairy, fat, etc) if the meal prepared for you does not include it. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help or suggest ideas as well depending on your recovery plan with the treatment team. Rely on one pot/one pan meals. These...
Seven Tips: Avoiding Eating Disorder Relapse

Seven Tips: Avoiding Eating Disorder Relapse

Avoiding Relapse from an Eating Disorder Recovery from an eating disorder is 100% possible and you can live a life free of behaviors and symptoms. However recovery can feel different for everyone and can often times be a hard transition. There can be feelings of discomfort, feelings of being stuck, or perhaps confusing thoughts about recovery as it may not have been what you expected. The rest of your life including the people, environment, and potential eating disorder triggers are still present. Here are some things that can help avoid relapse: Accountability– Make sure to have systems in place to keep yourself accountable- continue with your treatment team, engage family and friends, and make time for self-check ins. Identify Red Flags-  Be proactive. Create a list of your specific red flags that have been triggering throughout your recovery process. Being aware and having a plan for each of them can help. If you need a list (or ideas for your list), email us to share our list with you rebecca@empoweredeatingrd.com. Act fast– If you notice a red flag pop up don’t wait until it progresses or another one shows up. Address it right away. Structure- keep up with your meal plan and recovery reading and assignments. Plan ahead for unique situations. Define yourself– Keep defining yourself outside or your eating disorder and make time for the things you love and even trying some new things. Support– continue to go to support groups and appointments.   Create a positive environment– perhaps your childhood room or college dorm is triggering if this was one of the places your eating disorder first reared it’s head. Change-up your space, hang positive quotes and radiate...
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