5 Tips For Eating Disorders

  1. Don’t suffer alone.  Eating distress is a significant and potentially serious health issue – speak to your GP and seek professional support
  2. Your negative body image and eating distress are likely to by symptomatic of underlying emotional issues. However, eating distress can be all-consuming and will impact on your emotions and thinking patterns.  You can help yourself by establishing healthier eating patterns (and reducing other unhealthy behavioural patterns) and then addressing the underlying emotional distress. 
  3. Start establishing a regular eating pattern – ideally 3 meals and a couple of snacks each day. Don’t go for longer than four hours without eating.  If it helps, start with foods that feel “safe” for you.
  4. Learn to take it one day at a time.  You may be tempted to change your eating to compensate for perceived past or future “rule breaking”  – this will only serve to keep you trapped in the cycle of distress.  Mindfulness practice can help you to stay more anchored in the present moment.
  5. Flexibility in your approach to eating is key to your recovery.  Try to take an experimental approach – introduce a wider range of foods and remember you are in control – if you don’t like the outcome of your experiment, you can always change what you are doing.  The important thing is to be flexible and willing to try it.  

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