Eating Disorder Recovery

Tips on what Eating Disorders are, around recovery and how to Reach Out, Get Help and Give Help.

  • It may be a long & winding journey, but there's hope for recovery. Here's a story of someone's experience.

  • Read interviews or books on recovery to get informed, motivated and inspired.

  • Be honest w yourself & if you think you may have an eating disorder, reach out for help.

  • Ask a Pro (not random internet source) to help u create a meal plan with at least 3 meals & 3 snacks day, if appropriate.

  • Ditch the scale! There is so much more to you than a number describing your relationship with gravity.

  • Create a recovery-focused exercise contract w your doc/team to ensure your activity level is safe physically & mentally.

  • Learn to see your own beauty without comparing to others @ZainabSalbi talks about this on Oprah.

  • Make an effort to #eat with trusted friends or family and ask them to keep you accountable to your meal plan.

  • Eating disorders thrive on secrecy & isolation so push urself to confide in others & ask for their help in ur recovery.

  • Talk to a therapist. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT is especially helpful in treating eating disorders.

  • While the media doesn't cause eating disorders, avoiding celebrity and diet magazines can help avoid extra triggers.

  • Spend time looking up motivational quotes and surround yourself with positive messages that support your recovery.

  • Remember that your eating disorder is valid regardless of weight, size, gender, age, race, etc.

  • Care for someone with an eating disorder? Avoid commenting on weight or looks. Even "u look healthy" may be triggering.

  • It can be helpful for some in recovery to plan WHEN you'll eat next meal, WHAT you'll eat, WHERE you'll eat it & with WHO.

  • Not sure what to do? Reach out to a teacher or guidance counsellor. Here's how Allen got help.

  • Planning ahead can be important. Plan your menu schedule and grocery list at start of each week to establish structure.

  • Avoid judgments/comments about food choices when supporting those with eating disorders eg; labeling food as good/bad.

  • Stick to predetermined meal times. Use clock as guide when to eat, bc hunger/fullness cues may be unreliable with EDs.

  • Challenge society's and your own beauty standards to start developing a healthy body image.

  • A journal can be helpful to track thoughts/feelings, food requirements, goals & behaviours that you may need to work on.

  • As a support person, avoid comments about your own weight gain/loss eg; "I've gotten so fat" "Finally lost those 5 pounds".

  • Make a list of life goals that your eating disorder is preventing u from reaching. Use it as motivation for recovery.

  • Feelings of shame are not helpful. Write out reminders that you deserve & are worthy of recovery.

  • Share all info about your illness w your drs & treatment team so they can better help you towards a successful recovery.

  • Don't go it alone, recovery from eating disorders is best w a good support team eg; doctors, family, friends and therapy.

  • Eating disorder recovery takes TIME be patient & stick with treatment Nutritional/exercise rehab & psychotherapy are key.

  • Have a safety plan for when you're struggling and find someone to ask for support ahead of time.