Updated: Apr 13
If you're recovering from an eating disorder, you're not alone. It's estimated around 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in America today.
One of the most challenging parts of recovery is maintaining a healthy outlook on food. You want to change the way you view food, but at the same time, you don't want to vilify or romanticize it (depending on your disorder).
This article will walk you through some wellness coaching tips to help improve your relationship with food.
Find a Community
The best way to make sure you're keeping a healthy outlook is to surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable.
A community of other people in recovery from eating disorders will be able to share their own experiences and wisdom. As you become more experienced, you can help other people out as well. Helping others also helps you solidify your own principles. It gives you purpose and inspires you. In this way, helping others helps you.
Recovery communities are everywhere. They can be as organized as a twelve-step program, or as informal as a new group of friends. At the end of the day, the most important part of this process is the structure and inspiration you receive. Allow yourself to be supported.
However, I don't want you to think that you need to rely completely on a support group in order to recovery. With proper education, your friends and family can also help reassure you and keep you on the right track.
Find a Life Coach
Life coaching is a sort of collaborative partnership between two people, focusing on helping one person see the choices they're making in their life and how to improve them. As a life coach, I help draw awareness to your own ability to heal and make empowering decisions for yourself.
Life coaches are able to see patterns objectively. As a coach, I provide a safe space that other people aren't always able to provide. I am versed in the world of positivity, self-help, and can help you look forward to a new version of yourself.
Here at Recovered Now, I believe that it helps to move past identifying with an eating disorder. I can help you understand other aspects of your identity to focus on, which will help you maintain a positive relationship with food.
Eat (Relatively) Healthy
If you're suffering from anorexia, the last thing you want to do is get yourself on an obsessively restrictive diet.
However, no matter what your eating disorder is, it's helpful to develop relatively healthy eating habits. Eating unhealthily can lead to you feeling sluggish and depressed, and can cause stomach problems. This will develop a negative association with food in your head, which will not do you well.
Don't go overboard, but make sure you're eating foods that you feel happy, not foods that you feel pressured into eating.
Develop a Healthy Outlook
As you can see, there are many options out there to recovery. If you suffer from an eating disorder, you can look at no longer identifying with it, and instead change your relationship with food for the better.
Find a community that can keep you accountable, get yourself a life coach that can help you realize your identity, and eat healthy so your body receives the love and care it deserves.
Most of all, be kind to yourself. You CAN recover.