NEDA Week 2018 Roundup
During NEDA Week2018, I shared a tip each day that was something that helped me in my recovery. I want to reiterate that these tips are ones that benefited me, and they may or may not help you- I can only speak to my own experience as I am not yet any sort of nutrition professional.
Some of these tips are repeats from my post about recovery tips, but some are new.
“Treat yourself like you would someone you love” it’s so easy to be so hard on yourself but if you think of yourself as your best friend, or your sister, or your grandmother, you’ll see yourself a whole different way and be a whole lot less hard on yourself.
shake up your routine. I can’t tell everyone “go study abroad” because that’s not feasible but studying in Australia was a huge catalyst to my recovery. I just realized that there’s so so much more to life than making sure I didn’t eat over x amount. I traveled and formed some of the greatest relationships I have to this day because i finally allowed myself to open up. If you can’t go abroad, drive to the next town. Eat at the different dining hall. Hang out with a new friend. Go off campus. Just do things that change what you’re normally doing and change your environment!!
know your triggers. You’re not weak for avoiding triggers, you’re strong for knowing them. I’ll often still turn off tv shows, podcasts, etc if I know they are not benefiting my mentality and my recovery. Unfollow people who don’t benefit you! You don’t owe anyone anything and there’s too much 💩 on social media that normalizes disordered eating.
celebrate small victories. When I was weight restoring, for every few pounds I gained, my mom bought me a bra 😂 I loved it and it motivated me, even at times when nothing else did, to keep going. It also goes for fear foods! Maybe having a bagel isn’t a big deal to your friends, but if a bagel is one of your fear foods and you have one, you deserve to feel proud!!!! Instead of looking at recovery as all or none, look at it in terms of small victories, and one day when you look back at all of the small wins that added up over time, you’ll see just how recovered you are.
seek professional help and put everything you have into therapy! The first time I was in therapy I did NOT want to be there and as a result I got nothing out of it, and relapsed 4 years later. The second time I went in I actually put a lot into it and got a lot out of it. That’s when I actually learned a lot about myself and my disorder. I also had a great nutritionist who was able to work with me to make a plan that didn’t involve counting or tracking anything, because for me that was a trigger. Everybody’s different so being honest with a team of doctors, therapists, and nutritionists who all communicate is the best way to get an individualized plan of attack for your own self.
make a recovery insta!!! I made this insta with no intent of ever getting followers- it was just to document my thoughts, progresses, failures, etc of my recovery. It helps to write things out and talk them through. There’s also so many positive people you can find to follow for recovery and I’m so happy I made this gram!! I’ve made such good friends (cough @bb.healthfit hi) who have been such a help with my recovery and can talk me through things logically when I have bad thoughts.
learn!!!! Learn about the science of nutrition and be aware of your sources! There’s so much false information and so many horrible sources out there. Working towards my masters in nutrition has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself because I’m learning SO much about how every single thing you eat is used by your body and how it impacts so many important functions. Nutrition is 10000000x more than calories in and calories out and you are what you eat!
These tips are also on my “recovery” highlight on my Instagram page @megeatsworld along with some other tips and odds n ends that helped me in my recovery and could potentially be a help to you!