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isabellasof
"Friendlier" food while trying to recover

I have been struggling with eating disordered behavior for 3 years now and am just coming out of a few months of anorexic behavior. I am finally starting to get to a place where I can begin to eat more. Now, I just struggle with eating larger amounts of food at a time or eating anything that's not "safe". All I can eat is the same few foods, but I have been thinking of eating something different for a while.

Does anyone have anything that they find is easier to cope with eating? I just don't know where to start, it's so scary!

nanzhu
You're on the right track!

Hi isabellasof,

First, I'm glad to hear you are making some eating habits for the better, and that you're sharing your current struggles here! It can definitely be scary and that's a completely normal thing to feel! But you are not alone and recovery is often full of these sorts of obstacles - with ups and downs all along the way. Something that's helped me when I was recovering in college was trying to eat something from each food group throughout the day, sort of like going back to basics when I learned about the food groups and food pyramid. I'd try to eat a variety of fruit, veggies, protein, dairy, grains, etc - starting out slowly but gradually adding more. Another thing that helped was mindful eating - that is, focusing on the flavor of what I was eating and enjoying it, rather than categorizing it as safe or not safe.

I don't know what might work for you exactly, so I would strongly encourage you to talk to your doctor or a nutritionist who has more knowledge and experience. I'm hopeful that you said you're thinking of eating something different - that desire is the first part of change, and a professional can help you figure out the steps to taking action and creating a healthier mindset and habits. Talking to someone at the NEDA Helpline (1-800-931-2237, M-R9-9, F9-5, EST) is a great place to start too to find more resources or gain advice on how to approach the conversation.

Here are some other links that might be of interest:
Listen to your body: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/listen-your-body
Positive body image: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/developing-and-maintaining-positi...
Sharing w ease: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/sharing-eeease
Support groups: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/neda-support-groups

Hope this helps!
Nan

dlcuret
isabellasof:

isabellasof:
I'm not advocating dieting here.

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paigebrittany
In the past I found that

In the past I found that some foods were a good choice for me personally.

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Dear paigebrittany, We are

Dear paigebrittany, We are writing to let you know that we had to heavily edit your post as it contained nutritional advice and diet tips. As per our community guidelines, any kind of advice is not allowed on the forums. You can read our guidelines here: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/forums/community-guidelines. Thank you for your understanding! 

s.boewer
It takes time

Introducing new foods into your diet after so much restriction and control is scary and takes time. I am recovered from restrictive ED behaviors and definitely started out with only a few acceptable foods I would eat. I added a new food every week and learned how to process the feelings that it brought up for me. Continuing to work with a therapist every week helped me to keep growing in my recovery and address the core issues so that I always knew it wasn't really about the food. I set realistic weekly goals and slowly it became possible to just eat and enjoy flavors, and stop when I was full without thinking beyond that. I still have to take a moment to check myself if I am in a situation where I have to eat something I would not normally choose, but I get through it and accept it pretty easily these days. I have recovered from bulimia, binge eating and then restrictive eating and it all took 34 years to finally sort out so I am living proof that recovery can happen. Congratulations on your success so far and good luck on your journey.

Savedbygrace
Unfortunately we aren't allowed to talk about food on here.

I'm sorry.

krissykares
am new and with you on your healing journey

Hi, I'm exactly at the same place where you are right now. I get what you're talking about and that's why I'm here, too. As for myself, I have no answers for you, but can give you lots of support and encouragement. This month I get to start talking things over with a therapist. Won't post anything personal with anyone, but ok about sharing about how my progress is going. Wishing you the best. Keep taking good care.