When you have suffered from an eating disorder, you know that daily living tasks can be a major challenge, particularly any that are related to health and food. While you have managed, through medical and emergency mental health interventions, to come back from the brink of starvation and death, you will need to work hard each and every day to maintain yourself and prevent a slip back into your old eating disorder habits. The good news is that there are strategies and resources available to you to help keep you on track and ensure that your recovery is successful and permanent. All you need to do is learn what those strategies and resources are and begin using them to support your successful recovery.
Hire A Nutritionist
While most people associate the use of a nutritionist only with losing weight and recovering from obesity, nothing could be further from the truth. Nutritionist's primary job focus is to help their clients achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a well-balanced and controlled diet.
This means that a nutritionist will not encourage or allow their clients to go to one extreme (malnutrition and starvation) or the other (excessive overeating and obesity). By hiring an nutritionist and allowing them to help you design a dietary and nutrition plan, you will be able to remain in control of your eating habits without becoming overly restrictive and jeopardizing your health.
Regular appointments and updates with your nutritionist will keep you on track and will keep you accountable to someone other than yourself regarding your dietary and health habits. Such accountability will help you to remain focused on your recovery.
Attend Support Groups Or Individual Therapy
Once you have recovered from your extreme eating disorder episode, you may think that the need for support groups and/or therapy has passed. However, when an addict is released from rehab, they still need the support of others who know their struggles or who will listen and provide support with unbiased ears. The same is true of people who suffer from eating disorders.
You may be through the worst of it, but once you have an eating disorder, it will always be there (just like any addiction). Continuing to seek out support from peers who understand your struggles will help you to better understand your feelings, avoid relapses, and know that you are not alone in your struggles.
Going to individual therapy, on the other hand, will help you to deal with your personal psychological and emotional triggers that led you to develop an eating disorder in the first place. You can find coping mechanisms specific to you with the help of your therapist to deal with triggers in a healthy way and stop you from endangering your physical and mental well-being once again.
If you partake in these options following your initial eating disorder treatment and recovery, you will ensure your continued success at keeping your eating disorder under control. So, give these ideas a try and keep yourself healthy and eating disorder symptom free for the rest of your life.Share