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Why can't I get out of the habit of skipping meals or restricting my eating even when I'm feeling good about myself?

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Last Updated: 06/12/2018 at 8:09am
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Lisa Meighan, MSc Psychology


Hello, I am Lisa and I work in a person-centred approach mixed with cognitive behavioural therapy. I believe we all have the potential to be the best we can be.

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March 24th, 2015 8:58pm
Formed habits are hard to break. You may not think about skipping meals as something you do to feel better or feel control anymore, but after a while it may have just become part of your way of life. If you want to break the habit and replace it, it's a) important to recognize that you have it, b) analyse when and why you're most likely to do it (do you simply forget? are you often busy? do you not enjoy it?), and c) do something to off-set the results (if you forget you can set an alarm, if it's something you just don't think about doing anymore you can try to think about it consciously at set times, if you find eating boring or non-enjoyable connect it to something you like).
April 22nd, 2015 4:48pm
I liken eating disorders to other addictions. Once you have been engaging in any behavior for a long, sustained period of time, the more difficult it becomes to change that behavior, even though you may be feeling at a safe place emotionally in your recovery. The temptation is often there, regardless of how we "feel." The point here being, do not judge yourself as failing to manage your ED for this fact. Feeling good about yourself is a major success! Keep that up! The temptation will eventually lessen to a more manageable degree, may even become non-existent after some time. Hang in there.
June 16th, 2015 7:13am
Well, as you said, it is a habit you have now. So in my experience you might want to try changing your habits in a the way you think is best for you, healthy and safe, and I would encourage you to practice good self care as yo duo this.
November 8th, 2015 5:18am
A habit really dies hard. You need to stop it by step-by-step changes. Always remember its okay if you relapse just remember to stop and start from the beginning. At one point you will get fed up of starting from the beginning that you will tell yourself to stop relapsing.
March 31st, 2015 6:24pm
that's because you are doing the right thing. it's so much healthier to be this way. make it better by eating healthy food
April 29th, 2015 1:54pm
I think these habits are hard to break and get out of your head because you used to it and it becomes a part of your lifee. I also think it you shouldn't give up just because of this, stay strong (:
December 7th, 2015 1:54pm
The thing about eating disorders is that you often lose your control when it comes to your eating habits. Therefore, eating the food intake you need to is soemthing you actively need to get yourself to do when you wat to get better. Recovery is a challenge, but it is so worth it.
January 4th, 2016 6:44pm
You've accustomed yourself to it. Once you start a habit, new pathways are made in your brain to reinforce it. That's why it's so important to stop bad habits early.
July 26th, 2016 1:43pm
It's likely that your body has naturally adapted to your old eating habits. Once you make a bad habit, it's extremely hard to break it again.
August 1st, 2016 9:52am
Because you're so used to the habit that you slip it into your positive and healthy mindset, making it difficult for you to try to eat.
April 4th, 2017 9:56pm
Mentally you're still unsure about yourself. The more you realise that you're beautiful the better you'll start feeling. Every single person has insecurities, it's normal, but you're not alone, please always remember that.
June 12th, 2018 8:09am
because even when you feeling good you focus on how much you eat....just care less about it and you will focus less on it....or just make it a compulsion keep alarms for eating schedule and make sure to eat.