People who suffer from eating disorders acquire patterns that become too habitual and are difficult to break. These patterns are mental and physical and require a lot of personal rewiring to break.
It is very important to regard eating disorder behaviours, whatever they may be, as simply that: behaviours, or actions that have become an habitual way of dealing with the painful feelings and experiences of life. They are patterns that have become coping mechanisms, serving a protective function. They are also actions that, on their own, create cycles of destruction and pain. People seeking treatment understand this and wish to find a way to good health, inner peace and proper self-care. And In some way, the symptoms of eating disorders are just that, but were developed when the person just didn’t quite know any better.
Perceiving symptoms in this regard can greatly relieve some of the guilt and shame individuals experience about their symptoms and their patterns. They can be used as signals instead which alarm us that a particular need is not being met.
This is why we often discuss implementing new set of patterns through a cooking method which is made hobby and ritualizes efforts. It is done to a schedule and nutritional system which allows a strict assessment of quantity, quality and consistency. One is encouraged to create a daily journal which allows them to go further into cataloguing their efforts by including information like the time, the place, the recipe, nutritional information about the meal and whichever other important notes about the experience. This process is of course ultimately effective when combined with a positive attitude toward change and a true desire for self-care.
As in other posts, through experience and efficiency we have come to favour slow cooking and pressure cooking as they require very little in terms of their learning curves in use. They produce in quantities which aid in monitoring consumption when food is split in portions and kept frozen and dated to fit a scheduled eating plan. One can educate oneself on models through the following links containing slow cooker reviews and pressure cooker reviews. They can choose their preferred model which suits their needs and perceive it as a symbol of their efforts.