Eaters Digest Blog

May 11, 2021

Never going back

Never going back means exactly what it sounds like. The distinction, however, is that never going back is a choice. As someone that is recovered, I do not fear falling into eating disordered behaviours or thought patterns. I do not fear that I will be blindsided or tempted or swayed. The thing about knowing is you cannot unknow it.
May 4, 2021

Taming the Tiger

This is the part I like to call ‘no-man’s land’. It is where the eating disorder (the tiger) is no longer working for you, but recovery (the absence of the tiger) isn’t yet delivering on its promises. No-man’s land doesn’t have a timeframe or a compass. No-man’s land has a plentiful supply of fog, obscuring your vision of what is ahead and giving you no sense of the ‘right’ direction.
April 27, 2021

Eating Disorder tricks 101…and Kristie’s responses:

You can choose to do ‘a little bit of your eating disorder’ if you want to but there is no such thing as a little bit of an eating disorder because the truth is, an eating disorder is like a termite. It chews away at your insides until one day your house (life) falls down around you. So no, 80% doesn’t work. It doesn’t work for birthing a baby, for driving to work, for going to the toilet or handing in an essay. The fact your ED is trying to get you to do 80% is a big red warning sign it is gearing up for an attack on your recovery.’
April 20, 2021

How do you vaccinate yourself against diet culture?

Diet culture is everywhere. I often have clients say to me ‘I feel like I am the only person that eat 3 meals and 3 snacks a day’ or ‘I’m like the only person in my friendship group that eats carbs.’ Sometimes, that might 100% be true. Diet culture has become the ‘norm’ in today’s society. It is hard to find someone that has never been on a diet, never wanted to lose weight, never felt the weight of comparison, judgment or pressure to be something other than they were.
April 13, 2021

Play Your Cards Right

Our experience of life is often contributed to luck. The typical view is that our experience is a result of what happens to us. That life is random, that some people are just “born lucky.” But the truth is we contribute to everything we experience in life. While we can’t necessarily control what happens to us, we can control how we respond.
April 7, 2021

Perception Deception

We tend to look at others' bodies with longing. We view them as perfect or at least better than our own. This is because we are looking at their body as a whole without a bias towards negativity and in general the whole is mainly positive. We see other people’s bodies are wonderful because they are wonderful, all bodies are, including ours. When our vision is clouded by the negativity bias, we are unable to see our own beauty. But just because you can't see something doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
March 30, 2021

Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path

The high of being recovered is a thousand times higher than any high I ever had in my eating disorder. Sometimes storms don’t come to destroy our life. They come to clear a path. My path asked me to make peace with being alone, feel my feelings and lean into true freedom.
March 23, 2021

Your body: Do you watch it or experience it?

Being recovered is like being the star of the movie. No longer do I constantly watch my body in reflections and mental replays. No longer do I criticize my earth suit. Today I experience my body - by riding a scooter, swimming in the lake, playing volleyball with friends. Today I love my earth suit because to do anything else is to buy into the system of oppression that held me captive in the first place.
March 16, 2021

Difficult does not mean impossible

Recovery is a not a full-time job, it’s a 24/7 job. It often starts before you open your eyes in the morning and sometimes it even invades your dreams. It can be like walking up a scree slope, 3 steps forwards and 2 steps back will yield you but an inch of progress. Sometimes you slide far down the scree before you can get purchase and re-set. Recovery can be exhausting. Demanding. Overwhelming.
March 9, 2021

Eating Disorder vs Healthy Self

When you start to move into recovery, two things can be true. There can be a part of you – the real soul self you – that wants to do something like choose a certain food or exercise...and, your ED can get a kick out of it too.
March 2, 2021

Knowing Yourself in Recovery

Eating disorders have PhDs in arguments. They are lighting fast with comebacks, sense any hesitation, and will go right for the jugular, every time. They are also masters at starting arguments, with a seemingly innocent statement...
February 23, 2021

‘Shoulding’ Yourself

Living with 'shoulds', telling ourselves that we 'should' be doing something - doing more, doing it differently - puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on ourselves .
February 13, 2021

Mental Filtering

Eating disorders are geniuses at filtering out the positives and focusing on the negatives. Are you seeing obstacles rather than opportunity?
January 31, 2021

Magnification or Minimisation

A blue chair will always be a blue chair, that doesn’t change. But body image? For me, that shifted and changed on a daily basis.
January 20, 2021

Blaming

January 12, 2021

Personalising

It is very common to take things personally when they’re not connected to you at all. However, we can learn to challenge this behaviour.
January 5, 2021

Mind Reading

As hard as it is to believe, other people don't actually know our every thought. Notice the thoughts coming up, and challenge the belief that there are other possibilities.
December 30, 2020

Emotional Reasoning

Our thoughts and emotions create our realities - whether that is the same as what others see is another story! Eating disorders can lead us to believe all sorts, and it is really difficult to separate truth from fiction, but absolutely possible to overcome.
December 22, 2020

Discounting the Positives

How does your eating disorder twist your thoughts? Do you find that you brush over your achievements, that you discount the positives?
December 15, 2020

Overgeneralisation

It's really easy to view one slip up or one less than perfect achievement, as a complete failure. Overgeneralising is a common trait in people suffering from an eating disorder but it is possible to challenge it.

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