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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...
Five Strategies to ENJOY Food Again

Five Strategies to ENJOY Food Again

  What was your favorite meal when you were a kid? Mine was my Nonna’s cooking, especially her gnocchi. I’ve blogged about her food before. I used to spend time in the kitchen, helping her create to gnocchi and adding ingredients to her sauce. Now, I’m able to recreate her gnocchi on my own. I enjoy every bite. And I’m pretty sure it will always hold special memories for me.  Most of us have these memories. When we’re younger, we just enjoy food a whole ton. We love trying new flavors, we love eating it. Most of all, we love playing with it. As we get older, many of us lose touch with this enjoyment. I think this has to do with diet culture and how we start to label foods as “good” and “bad.” If you’re struggling with an eating disorder or chronic dieting, this enjoyment is often completely lost. Resulting in food becoming scary and the eating disorder thoughts remove all joy and pleasure surrounding food.  But, it doesn’t have to be lost. One of my hopes is to support my clients in being able to enjoy food again. Which sounds really terrifying to some clients and sounds exciting to others. Food is supposed to be enjoyed! It’s the very substance that keeps us alive and we are allowed to give ourselves permission to unconditionally enjoy and eat it.  When you feel ready, here are some tips on learning how to find pleasure in eating. PS Some of these might seem quite challenging depending on where you are in recovery. If this doesn’t seem doable right now,...
Fall Transitions: Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

Fall Transitions: Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

A general rule of thumb: no one should end the fall season without having a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) from Starbucks 😉 Or coffee place of your choice because TBH there’s probably better PSL’s out there. Anyway! Happy fall! I’m incredibly #basic in the sense that fall is absolutely my favorite season. Again, I love PSL’s, boots, sweaters, the changing leaves, the weather. With all the excitement that fall holds, it also holds many changes. Changes like: going back to school, possibly leaving home, going to a different school, changing jobs or learning to adjust with kids not in the house. With all of these differences in routine, eating disorder behaviors can often be triggered during these times, so it can be a good season to explore new strategies for your recovery. In this blog, I thought it would be a good place to discuss: Tips for Transitions   1. Make a list of “red/yellow light” signs and “green light” signs with your therapist or dietitian.     For instance, I do this with many of my clients who are transitioning from high school to college, since it will be the first time they’re more consistently away from home.   “Red light” or “yellow light” signs are behaviors the indicate the ED voice/urges might be getting a bit stronger. For example, skipping meals/snacks, prioritizing exercise over other things, or a decrease in variety of foods.   “Green light” signs are indicative that you’re engaging in behaviors to promote recovery. Like: seeing your therapist and dietitian weekly, challenging fear foods, and eating regularly throughout the day (or following your meal...
Ten Ways to Build Confidence

Ten Ways to Build Confidence

Easy Ways to Build Confidence What can you do today to help you feel better about yourself? Stand tall. Pay attention to your posture and stand as tall as you can.  Feel the positive energy when you stand tall and smile. Surround yourself with positive people. If you are having trouble finding positive people, try a support group. Read inspirational quotes, an inspirational blog or put a happiness app on your phone to help you feel positive. Do something to help other people who are in need. Volunteer at a local hospital or soup kitchen. This will help you feel good about yourself. REBEL diets, diets don’t work. Instead REBEL against diets using an evidence-based approach to achieve health and happiness. Do what you fear. Push yourself out of your comfort zone to do something that you have always wanted to do. Journal. Keeping a gratitude journal can help you stay positive and focus on what really matters to you. Engage all your senses. Use all five senses to help you stay present in the moment and not stress about your weight. Be aware of body bashing. Try yoga, positive affirmations and deep breathing to help you quiet your negative self-talk. Focus on nourishing your body the way that you would want to nourish a loved-one’s body. Make sure to include a wide variety of tastes and textures to each meal. It is so easy to get stuck in self-doubt and lack of confidence.  We hope you can take one of these suggestions and give it a try today and let us know how it went. We would love...
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