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How can I give up control of my eating disorder without moving on to another unhealthy coping skill?

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Last Updated: 02/12/2018 at 1:50am
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February 17th, 2015 10:08pm
Think about why you had this control of your eating. What exactly it was that led to an eating disorder. There are many coping mechanisms you could use and some of them will be available on the self-help guides on this website, so take some time to read through them. As someone who is also trying to break the control of her lack of eating, I always try to stay positive about why I should be eating and make sure I now take time out of my day to eat a full meal and always have healthy, high in protein food on me that I can snack on. It has been difficult for me, and the progress is not running as quickly as I had hoped, but there is progress. Remember that what you are doing is really good, better for your health and your mind. Even just openly stating that it is an eating disorder is one step further, as many people with eating disorders are in denial about these things. Keep it up though. I wish you the best of luck.
October 3rd, 2016 9:55pm
This is a very good question! The most important thing to do first is to find out why you have an ED. Some people use it as a way to cope with overwhelming emotions, some do it as way of self-punishment...etc. If you try to sustain from Eating disorder behaviors while not knowing why you started using them in the first place, then theres a big possibly that you will try to fix that void using another unhealthy coping skill. Once you start working on the underlying issues around the use of your ED THEN you can start working on sustaining from the behaviors.
October 9th, 2017 6:53pm
I recommend that you find helpful, healthy coping techniques through youtube, online, 7Cups, and a professional. :)
January 24th, 2015 10:22pm
I recommend speaking with a trained health professional specializing in eating disorders in order to overcome your ED.
May 17th, 2015 2:48pm
Here are a few ideas that might help. Eat when you're hungry, but only until you are full! If you have problems with over-eating, it might be beneficial to set up a schedule of three meals a day. If you have problems with eating too little or not at all, try to listen to your body's signals of hunger, and eat only what you need (until you're full). Avoid counting calories! If you eat healthy and balanced meals, you don't need to. Or, you can ask someone else to count the calories for you if you're on a strict diet, but don't do it yourself. Focus on the taste and textures of your food, and how they make you feel. Try eating things that you like within the healthy foods. Treat yourself once in a while; be strict about it but allow yourself to enjoy these snacks. Most importantly, keep up the good work!
June 7th, 2015 11:18pm
recovery from any disorder or disease, takes baby steps. and it also helps when you talk to a professional that can keep you on a healthy path of recovery. and remember stumbling and relapsing can be part of the progress. Don't give up
August 24th, 2015 9:34pm
Giving up control of an eating disorder doesn't mean replacing it with something else that may ultimately harm you. It means taking the initiative to bettering yourself, and focusing on doing things that make you happy and healthy!
December 7th, 2015 6:32pm
Hi, note that avoid eating is not good at all, but you also must try to eat healty food. if i were in your shoes i would try to equilibrate food and exercice. exercice is good not only to loose weight, but also for our healty. best off luk
February 12th, 2018 1:50am
Talking to people that you are close with can help greatly, a main way to help with eating disorders is to try and boost your self esteem in order to help move yourself away from an eating disorder.