You have done it again and ate way too much. There are so many feelings that come over you after a binge. For myself, it is anger, it’s a real nasty feeling. The only thing that is worse than being full in my mind, is feeling like you can’t control what you put in your mouth.
What if I told you that we do have control? We focus so much on things that we say we CAN’T do, that we forget that we are in control of what we CAN do.
In this post I will be sharing 5 tips to help you stay in recovery, and to help minimize those binges. As someone who is in recovery for bulimia, if I was to read something like this a year ago I would think it was a bunch of crap. In fact, my treatment team told me some of these things, but I was so far in my eating disorder that I didn’t believe them.
As I travel on further in my recovery, I realize that my treatment team who consisted of a dietitian, therapist, nurse practitioner, and psychiatrist were not completely off their rockers.
It has been 11 months and 12 days since I have purged. Notice I didn’t say binge. Do you know why? Because I still binge from time to time. As disgusting as the feeling is, reverting to these 5 tips help me stay on my road after I have managed to do it once again.
So get your journal out and jot down these 5 tips to help you stay on track after a binge.
FOLLOW YOUR MEAL PLAN
If you are in recovery for an eating disorder, it is very likely that you will have a dietitian that asks you to follow a specific meal plan. DO IT. We often feel as though we need to go on a long fast after a huge binge. However, the more you starve yourself the more likely you are to binge again. If you feed yourself consistently throughout the day, it is unlikely that you will feel the need to eat a huge amount of food. Do not let your eyes become bigger than your stomach!
Set up reminders to do specific practices in the day that will help you stay calm and to stay on track. One of my favorite 3 min practices is to get some head space. If you don’t know what that is, click the link to find out. Commit to doing it 3 times a week. Forming healthy habits takes time and work. If you fail at three times, move it to two times. Be realistic in the expectations you put on yourself.
That example can go for anything: journaling, setting your alarm for meal times and eating at the same time every day, meditations, praying, reading, etc.
FIND ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS
Do not get me wrong, this one is not easy, it is even embarrassing. However, if you are committed to recovery YOU NEED TO HAVE SOMEONE YOU CAN TALK TO IN TIMES OF DISTRESS. Please do not underestimate how important this is! If you feel alone in your recovery, it is because you are not connected with the right people. Recovery is hard and anyone who is walking in this journey should know how important it is to have someone to confide in. If you do not have one, FIND ONE.
STOP MAKING EXCUSES
You are strong enough to resist temptation. God can give you all of the strength you need to make it through the horrible feelings that come along with a binge. KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR RECOVERY AND ONLY YOU CAN MAKE THE DECISION TO STOP AND GET HELP. Also know that you will fail and you can continually make that decision to stay in help.
COMMIT TO RECOVERY!
Commit to yourself that you will not, under any circumstance, live life the way that you have been living. Stop hurting and killing yourself. Understand that you have a purpose, and if you do not know what it is, you are the only one who can find it.
This is one of the greatest journeys you can set out on. Get yourself healthy and be adventurous. Find out what you like and what you are made of. Try new things. Work on being confident in yourself. When you start to discover who you really are, this is when confidence will start to fall in to place.
Hey Guys! Thank you so so much for reading! I am truly blessed to have you. I just want to remind you all that you are amazing, you are original, you have been made for a reason, and Jesus loves you! Oh, and I love you! 🙂
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