How do I choose my safe foods?
Last Updated: 04/05/2021 at 10:27pm
Kristin Noyes, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Depression and anxiety can feel overwhelming even on the best of days. I believe in helping clients understand these disorders and help them to reduce and manage symptoms.
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You can always seek the help of a Registered Dietitian to help you incorporate smart choices into your life that are best for you and your situation.
If you have a Doctor you work well with, that might be a good place to start. A Nutritionist could also be a valuable resource in this situation, in my understanding.
You do not choose you safe foods. Your eating disorder chooses you safe foods. If your eating disorder is active it may choose different safes as time goes on. Your eating disorder makes up rules that you much follow. Know when to see the difference: you vs your eating disorder.
If you're talking about for healthy eating and you're struggling with an eating problem of any kind, then I would just do a little research. Depending on what you're looking for, for you to get better/healthy. You could even see an Nutritionist for it to if it's to bad or if you just want extra help. By the way it's great you're reaching out :) It's hard, but you can do it :)
Personally, I have foods that are triggers that if I have in the house. I just can't not eat one chip. I have to eat the whole bag, so I just don't buy them. If there are foods like that which you can easily recognize, then those should be avoided. It's good that you are willing to talk about this. Have you considered seeing a nutritionist that could work out a plan specific to your situation?
Things with a high calorie intake such as fatty foods and also foods like sweets that are high in sugars are good in moderation but can be surprisingly detrimental, not only your physically health but also your mental being. They also put huge stress on the mind which can be a huge factor of having a panic attack, or it could also be the main factor of having one first in the place.
Choosing safe foods is definitely something you can work 1-on-1 with a therapist, doctor, or other health professional. Rating foods on an anxiety scale of 1-10, writing down thoughts and emotions before and after, etc. can really help you decide what feel safe.
There are lots of ways you can choose your safe foods, and different things are going to work for different people, but here are a few options that you could consider thinking about trying if you find them interesting. -Talking to a dietician to help you to plan a balanced diet personalised to your own situation and what you want to get out of your meals. - Speaking to your local doctor/ GP to gain a first insight into what your options might be to choose some healthy foods that will be best for your overall health. - If you are living with an eating disorder (ED), it might be difficult to choose your safe foods. Perhaps you could try looking at the ED forum for more information and support, or reach out to a trained professional. - If you're thinking about trying a more balanced diet, you could try doing some research on the internet, and find a few recipes to try out to find out what works well for you. - If there are foods that you can identify as triggers, perhaps trying not to buy them might be an idea to try out, as well as large amounts of fatty/ sugary foods, which can be detrimental to mental health. - Making a list of all your options for safe foods, and rating the anxiety they cause you along with a mental health professional may help you to identify which foods you feel most comfortable with. Thank you for reaching out with your question :)
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