3 Tips to Beat Your Eating Disorder and Stay in Recovery

Eating Disorder Cycle

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Did you wake up this morning and think to yourself, “I don’t want to eat today”? What was your reasoning for not eating? Were you hoping it would balance out what happened last night? That huge binge! It has been almost a year since the last purge. However, your eating disorder is now talking. She is trying to trick you and tells you that starving yourself is okay because at least you aren’t purging. Convincing you that it is just one day. It is just to get back on track. And so, the cycle continues.

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the cycle is one of the hardest things you will ever do, and it takes practice! Over and over you will have to fail to finally conquer what is beating you. Your eating disorder doesn’t stop. In fact, she keeps pushing and pushing every day. She get’s stronger because she is persistent, and you have finally gotten to the point where you don’t care. That is your moment of weakness.

Become relentless in getting better. If you are truly wanting to recover, you have to work harder than your eating disorder. Here are three tips to beat your eating disorder and stay in recovery.

1. BE REALISTIC

Don’t strive for perfection, because it doesn’t exist. It isn’t an all or nothing situation. You can’t just heal over night. It takes years, and maybe even your entire life. Realize that you will have bad days, and that is okay. You are going to make mistakes and that is also okay. Add one positive thing to your daily routine to start out. For example, when you wake up in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror, tell your eating disorder that she will not win. Tell her you are stronger than her, even if you don’t believe it in that moment. Consistently do that every morning. If you forget one morning, that’s okay, pick it up in the day sometime. Remember, we aren’t striving for perfection. It’s not real.

2. HAVE CONSISTENCY

Consistency is defined as a steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc. :There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.

So what does your eating disorder have that you are lacking? My guess is consistency. You get tired of fighting and end up saying, “screw it”! She is right there to catch you when you fall and making you think that you need her. DO NOT FALL IN TO HER TRAP! She stays consistent in pursuing you until you fall. You have to become stronger than her. You need to find an accountability partner who has the ability to tell you the hard stuff and help you stay consistent. They need to be able to tell you that you are going back to old habits, and you need to listen to them and accept what they are telling you.

3. BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Over Come Your DisorderOur human nature is that we fall. When someone you love makes a mistake how do you treat them? Do you tell them that you hate them, or punish them? Do you take their food away to teach them a lesson, or cut their skin to relieve the pain they might feel? No, you encourage them of course. You let them know that falling is normal and everyone makes mistakes. You may give them a hug, and tell them tomorrow is a new day. It may sound silly, but do that for yourself.


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