In this episode, I interview former client Beth about her journey recovering from an eating disorder. Beth shares openly about what it was like in the depths of her eating disorder, the fears she had around recovery, and what ultimately helped her to heal. You can expect to learn about approval, struggles, restriction vs freedom around food, weight gain fears, and the inner work that supported Beth’s recovery.
Beth – Solicitor and former eating disorder coaching client. Beth struggled with anorexic tendencies, body dysmorphia, a compulsive need to restrict, exercise excessively, binge eat due to extreme hunger from restricting, and had suicidal thoughts. With my intuitive guidance and support, she learned to heal her relationship with food and her body.
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How to Heal Your Relationship with Food and Achieve Body Acceptance
In this post, we will guide you through a series of specific steps to help you heal your relationship with food and achieve body acceptance. These steps are designed to provide you with the tools and support needed to overcome disordered eating and develop a healthier mindset towards your body. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Recognize and acknowledge your struggles
The first step in the healing process is acknowledging and recognizing the presence of disordered eating and negative body image. Take the time to reflect on your behaviors, thoughts, and emotions surrounding food and your body. Be honest with yourself and understand that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Step 2: Seek the support of a coach, therapist, or support group
Finding a trusted professional or support group can provide invaluable guidance and support during your recovery journey. They can help you navigate through the challenges and provide tools and techniques to develop a healthier relationship with food and your body. Reach out to a coach, therapist, or support group online.
Step 3: Embrace the concept of allowance
Allowance is a key aspect of healing your relationship with food. Start by allowing yourself to eat regularly and including foods that you might consider “forbidden” or triggering. Gradually let go of strict food rules and restrictions and focus on nourishing your body in a way that feels good for you.
Step 4: Practice self-care and self-compassion
Self-care plays a significant role in your recovery journey. Take the time to engage in activities that promote self-care, such as journaling, practicing mindfulness, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion, recognizing that healing takes time and progress may not always be linear.
Step 5: Reflect on your beliefs and mindset around your body
Take the time to reflect on the beliefs and mindset you hold about your body. Challenge and question societal standards of beauty and perfection. Focus on appreciating your body for its unique functions and capabilities rather than solely its appearance. Practice mirror work and positive affirmations to shift your mindset towards self-acceptance.
Step 6: Build a support system of loved ones
Surround yourself with supportive friends and family who understand your struggles and can provide a safe space for you to share your experiences. Open up to loved ones about your journey towards healing and ask for their support and understanding. Remember, you don’t have to go through this alone.
Step 7: Incorporate practical steps for body acceptance
Practical steps can be essential in your journey towards body acceptance. Consider getting rid of clothes that no longer fit or make you feel uncomfortable and invest in a wardrobe that makes you feel confident in your current body shape. Embrace mirror work and practice gratitude for your body’s natural functions.
Step 8: Trust the process and be patient with yourself
Healing your relationship with food and achieving body acceptance is a process that takes time and patience. Trust in the process and be patient with yourself. Understand that setbacks may occur, but they are a part of the journey. Celebrate small victories and focus on progress rather than perfection.
Step 9: Model healthy behaviors for future generations
Recognize the influence you have on future generations, particularly children. Model healthy behaviors and attitudes towards food and body image for them. Promote self-love and acceptance in your words and actions, emphasizing that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
Remember, your journey towards healing is unique and personal. Embrace each step with intention and be gentle with yourself. With dedication, support, and self-compassion, you can heal your relationship with food and achieve body acceptance.