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Tools and Information for Individuals in Recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating
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August 13, 2008 by Jeanne Rust

Write Your Way to Recovery

How can one begin to recover from an eating disorder?  Easier said than done — but one of the most important things is to learn to write down what you're doing, what you're going to do, what you've done!  My best days are ones where I get up, meditate for 15-20 minutes, then make a list of everything I need to do that day.  And I always have a huge list of to-dos.

For people wanting to recover or get back on track, write down everything you think you want to eat during the upcoming day — as well as everything you have to do.  Go through your lists and mark the events or meals which may be difficult for you — where you can anticipate stress.  You might have trouble talking with one particular person at work; you might have trouble eating morning snack.

Once you've identified problem areas, you can strategize.  I think today I'll tell the person at work how I'm feeling such as "I feel angry when you continually make gurgling noises in your cubicle."    Or today, since I have trouble eating my morning snack, "I'm going to put on a mindfulness tape that I can listen to when I eat. I bet that will help!"

These techniques sound so simple, it can feel too good to be true.  I find that so much of my anxiety is reduced or goes away, when I have a plan!!  Let me know how this works for you!

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