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Hey! I am not officially diagnosed with any specific eating disorder, but have been told by my therapist I have a food obsession and food has always dictated most of my thoughts and my day. Anyways, I’m currently restricting, and I’m way too scared to recover. I was looking for harm reduction tips?

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    • HealingHales

      723d

      Hey! Figured I'd check in when I saw this-- 2022 actually marks 10 years in eating disorder recovery for me! I'm fully recovered now but I can remember these fears like they were yesterday. You're not alone-- disordered eating is so darn common, and it doesn't help that the diet industry normalizes restriction in awful ways...so try not to focus on the fact that you don't "have" an eating disorder. Oftentimes, disordered eating habits are the springboard for a full-blown spiral, but you do NOT want to get to rock bottom before addressing this. 🙏 I definitely recommend finding some safe foods to have on hand. If you're struggling with meals or want to make up for restriction earlier in the day, then at least you have stuff on hand that's comfortable and easy to grab! For me, this was often protein bars (I love Luna, Quest, Fig Bars, Kind bars), apples w/ peanut butter, Ensure supplements, or hummus & carrot sticks. Try to get a variety of nutrients in, even if it's a small snack! But as you probably know, disordered eating issues are rarely about food OR our appearance. Dig deeper... there are TONS of ideas for journal entries on Pinterest & guided workbooks on amazon. If you enjoy restorative yoga or meditation, maybe set aside time for that each day? If you can slow down the fears in your mind & begin to identify your "broken records" of negative self-talk you'll begin catching them more & more often. Try to be kind to your mind AND body, and definitely be sure you're getting consistent therapy. You've got this! Your vulnerability and honesty here is a wonderful sign of hope for your eating disorder journey! 💕

    • Jaznix

      723d

      I'd say change your focus immediately after you realizing you're thinking about food. You could start internally singing a song if you cant get a stronger distraction like a movie or video games. You can continue to do whatever you need to and its harder to have coherent thought while singing to yourself. Write down these thoughts from beginning to end when you have the ability to do so. This can be shown to your therapist as well as be looked at by yourself to figure out your ED, and identify your major thought processes around food. Both of these together will give you the ability to know what harm reduction tips are best for you

    • HealingHales

      723d

      Hey! Figured I'd check in when I saw this-- 2022 actually marks 10 years in eating disorder recovery for me! I'm fully recovered now but I can remember these fears like they were yesterday. You're not alone-- disordered eating is so darn common, and it doesn't help that the diet industry normalizes restriction in awful ways...so try not to focus on the fact that you don't "have" an eating disorder. Oftentimes, disordered eating habits are the springboard for a full-blown spiral, but you do NOT want to get to rock bottom before addressing this. 🙏 I definitely recommend finding some safe foods to have on hand. If you're struggling with meals or want to make up for restriction earlier in the day, then at least you have stuff on hand that's comfortable and easy to grab! For me, this was often protein bars (I love Luna, Quest, Fig Bars, Kind bars), apples w/ peanut butter, Ensure supplements, or hummus & carrot sticks. Try to get a variety of nutrients in, even if it's a small snack! But as you probably know, disordered eating issues are rarely about food OR our appearance. Dig deeper... there are TONS of ideas for journal entries on Pinterest & guided workbooks on amazon. If you enjoy restorative yoga or meditation, maybe set aside time for that each day? If you can slow down the fears in your mind & begin to identify your "broken records" of negative self-talk you'll begin catching them more & more often. Try to be kind to your mind AND body, and definitely be sure you're getting consistent therapy. You've got this! Your vulnerability and honesty here is a wonderful sign of hope for your eating disorder journey! 💕

    • BanderSnail

      723d

      I try to keep good easy foods on hand for when it's hard to make myself eat. I get soylent meal drinks and meal bars or protein bars and any other food that I really like or that is easier for me to eat. You can have someone else take all the wrappers off for you before hand if you also get overwhelmed by the numbers.

    • kittenintheyarn

      724d

      I know the feeling. Recovery is terrifying but to my knowledge there's no way to reduce harm without working towards it. However, I do have a tip for getting closer to being ready to recover. Work on healing your fear and/or anxiety, as this is the root of it all... I am working on recovering now, and it is still quite diffult.

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