Breaking the Patterns

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.

 

Food Is Not Wrong, Only Your Relationship To It Is: The First Steps

In more cases than not, individuals in treatment for anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia or binge eating disorder are faced with a high risk of inadequate nutrition. For this it is imperative that people who suffer adapt nutritiously delicious recipes to their recovery. Eating this way truly can be as quick and easy as people like us make it out to be once you understand the key to it all: Planning! Don’t make the process harder for yourself. Sufficient planning will cut your learning curve drastically.

Certainly an eating disorder recovery plan should be designed by a Registered Dietitian (RD) who can recommend you a plan tailored to your particular condition based on factors such as individual nutrition needs, exercise level, food preference, weight, lifestyle, etc. As well, anyone embarking on this journey is best to do some research themselves on nutrition. But if you’re looking for a head start with what you can implement right now we would suggest starting with organic fruits and vegetables, raw dairy, grass-fed animal protein, healthy fats, wild caught seafood, aromatic spices and herbs and complex carbohydrates whenever possible.

In general, we would recommend that you stay away from fast foods, processed foods, and foods that have MSG, GMO’s, food additives or ingredients that could damage the parts of the brain that regulate eating and fat storage, or that damage the gut, which is where 70% of our immune system resides.

In other posts on this site we have encouraged people to adopt an inspiring cooking method which can help them transcend, monitor and ritualize their efforts. Our choices, through experience are slow cooking and pressure cooking. Click the text to find great slow cooker cookbooks and pressure cooking cookbooks.

 

 

You can recover from your eating disorder!  Overcoming an eating disorder and learning self care is an essential process so please take it easy on yourself, inside and out. You deserve to be healthy, happy and free from an eating disorder.

 

Pressure Cooker Diet: How One Sufferer Turned Their Misfortunes Around

Many of us are perplexed by our relationship with food. What is even more elusive is our relationship between food and emotions. To some degree, we are aware that much of our eating (or not eating) is not about being hungry or full. We try to find a reasonable explanation for our behaviour, and see that the link between food and emotions is a sensible one because being nourished and being nurtured are surely linked. From the time we are babies, at the same moment we are being held and fed.

Now in our older years, when a relationship ends, we find our weight going up or down dramatically, though somehow we don’t notice any changes in our eating habits. At times like these, we are so preoccupied with intense emotions and pay little to no attention to eating food for nutrition. Times like these leave us at much risk, for once we create poor habits, breaking them can be just as much of an obstacle as the termoil that got us into them.

Without getting into too much detail of what brought about my disorder, the result was that I was starving myself and refused to eat, or would only eat whatever I wanted at that exact moment. I would pretend to eat around my family and friends who could not help but notice the amount of weight I had lost. In the end, I was not convincing anyone. My time being miserable was too precious to spend on cooking anyways. I didn’t have the energy to cook, the hunger, the time, so why would I ever?

It goes without question that whatever miniscule amounts of food that I did end up eating was void of any nutritional value. Convincing a depressed person to eat their vegetables is not an easy task for anyone. Someone with the condition I had simply does not see the value in nutrition.

My eye opener actually came by surprise. Believe it or not, it was not a catalyst in my health that had invoked change. It was not a family member or friend who had stepped in to help. The odd thing is that while in the depth of my disorder I was inspired one evening as a guest, a friend of a friend, invited over for a dinner party. The host (the friend of my friend) who was my only other reference point in the evening had me engaged in the kitchen while she was preparing dinner. The whole process of which was the total of about 20 minutes for over 6 guests.

She placed her ingredients in one machine, a pressure cooker, which at the time I thought was a rice cooker and programmed a setting and ignored it while engaging in our conversation. I did not think too much of it until it was served. Naturally I hesitated to eat as I was not hungry but did not want to seem rude. She began by telling everyone that she had been scanning the internet and came across a website www.pressure-cooker-cooking.com where she found a model she liked and it had sparked a whole new trend to her cooking and to her household.

As she went on and I tasted the food it was like a light had went on. She explained how the machine is optimized to retain nutritional value and flavour as I thoroughly enjoyed one of the healthiest meals I had eaten in as long as I could remember. That is when it had occurred to me that I had kept myself in the dark for so long with my eating disorder and that there was a solution, a way that I could enjoy the process, feel enthusiastic about my efforts, not spend too much of my time doing something I do not want to do, and get better and eat well again. And that is what I have continued to do to this day and have never looked back.

Slow Cooker Diet: Assigning Oneself Dietary Tasks To Fight Purging or Binging.

Millions of people around the world are not happy with their physical appearance. The National Eating Disorder Information Centre has estimated that nearly 40% of girls under the age of 10 have dieted to lose weight – even though their weight was average. Media portrays extremely thin girls or fit males in their ads which cause some people to go to extremes to lose weight. These extremes are not done through proper diet, exercise and overall habit adjustment but through eating disorders.

When an individual reaches the point of an eating disorder it is imperative that they or their loved ones seek attention. Purging, binging or limiting the amount of food you eat will surely cause serious health problems. There are many available solutions and many people recover with treatment.

While the individual feels like the burden of their condition is on themselves, they and their supporters often neglect the fact that outside influences are often the leading causes in the sickness. Many sufferers are raised in a cultural groups which celebrate a rich heritage of feasting, be it Italian, Jewish, Greek, etc. Holidays and family gatherings innocently promote consistent, high consumption of food while the vulnerable members amongst them are placed in a silent dilemma with unconscious factors at play discerning their actions.

Whether you suffer from an eating disorder or are seeking help for someone close who has one, there is a transition to be made which has a particular curve which will require habitual adjustments which must take place. Luckily there are many steps that everyone can be taking right now, though they will take motivation and a degree of looking at the situation in a new light.

We suggest taking on one baby step at a time with a bright perspective and turning it into an activity. One task which has worked for many is to choose the simple cooking method of slow cooking and create a weekly schedule where certain days of the week are allotted to the task. Choose your recipes, shop for your ingredients, buy ample of tupperware and organize a weekly diet place. Package and freeze your leftovers and put yourself to the task of setting attainable goals and ritualize your efforts. We have found plenty of information on slow cookers through www.thebestslowcooker.com. This site will help you decide on a slow cooker that works for you. Use your slow cooker as a symbol of your efforts.

Putting oneself to a task and making a ritual of it will create a sense of accomplishment and encouragement. One would also want to do proper research or find a nutritionist to help chart out a proper dietary plan. Implementing problem solving strategies should involve more than just the individual who suffers and cooking is an excellent team activity.

For more information to help you understand the variety of eating disorders people suffer from, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_disorder

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