THOSE RECOVERED FROM AN EATING DISORDER would share that meal times can be a distressing event for someone who is living with one. As your loved one gains experience planning for meals, they will build resilience by implementing skills they have learned, leading to positive and healing experiences. Eating disorder treatment professional Carolyn Costin notes in her well-known book, co-authored by Gwen Grabb, 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, a person healing from his or her eating disorder must learn the battle is simultaneously “not about the food” and “about the food”. This paradox exists because while a person must understand the various factors that have driven them to use harmful food-related behaviors to care for him or herself, there is no recovery without a change in that person’s relationship with food. By shedding light on the inner workings of a person’s experience with food in recovery, you will learn ways to better navigate your role as a supporter of your loved one’s healing.
- Rejecting Dieting Mentality: Tribole is a nutrition therapist, author and speaker that has developed a name for herself as “The Original Intuitive Eating Pro” in the eating disorder community. Her website is home to a variety of resources for individuals to explore topics of eating disorder treatment for men, athletes and the impact of dieting. One of Tribole’s articles about getting rid of the diet mentality. She discusses binge dieting and how this actually causes dangerous problems such as increased weight gain.
- Practicing Mindfullness at Meals “By learning mindfulness techniques around eating that include hunger / fullness awareness and attention to taste and texture, individuals with eating disorders can practice conscious eating. Conscious eating can be achieved by combining a medically-indicated meal plan with mindful eating practices to achieve a healthier approach to self-nourishment.”
- Grocery Shopping Tips “As you can imagine, the experience of acquiring food to eat at a later time can bring about a whole host of challenges for your loved one, depending on their prior relationship or in some cases, lack thereof, with this otherwise normal ritual. Here are some tips your loved one might be abiding to in their new grocery shopping experience and ones you might try incorporating into your household to help support their goals…”
- Holiday/Special Occassion Meals “Holiday meals or special occasions like a birthday have likely caused distress for your loved one. Going into the day it’s important to acknowledge and recognize the stress your loved one is experiencing…”
Dining with the Family: A webinar for family support
This hour long webinar explores how as the holiday season approaches, families can minimize challenges and increase likelihood of a celebratory event. It gives not only parents or spouses additional support around the holidays, but aunts, uncles, siblings, grandparents and other significant family members.