We are able to live because we eat, but we are not living to only eat.
If you are experiencing some type of eating disorder, most times, there will be a nutritional aspect to the root cause of the disorder. Somewhere along the line, you may have began to have an unhealthy thought pattern emerge in regards to food and that thought pattern has completely overtaken you and drives every part of your life. In addition to individual counseling sessions to uncover this cause of the disorder, it is important to have a primary physician to make sure you are taking care of your overall health.
You are not alone when you think you will never be happy unless you lose weight or your self-worth will improve if you like what you see in the mirror. Eating disorders are a reality, no matter how much you try to ignore them. Thankfully, with the right treatment, support and self-help, you can overcome your eating disorder and regain your self-confidence and self-esteem.
The moment you admit to yourself that you have a problem, your recovery begins. People with eating disorders find it very difficult to accept this fact, as somewhere in the back of their mind a thought is always lurking – happiness means weight loss and being popular, successful and confident. With the right treatment and support, you will realize that happiness doesn’t depend on these things; nonetheless, old habits often are hard to break.
The behaviors associated with eating disorders can easily be unlearned if you are motivated sufficiently to change and are not ashamed to ask for help. This said, it is crucial to remember if you truly want to overcome your disorder, it is not just about quitting unhealthy eating behaviors. You also have to make an effort to figure out who are as a person.
Whether you are suffering from bulimia or anorexia, true recovery is possible only if you learn the following:
There are a number of components that are a part of having an eating disorder including a nutritional component, emotional component, spiritual component, as well as taking a holistic approach. Meadowbrook helps you to find the cause of your disorder by having you complete a thought review where you record your thoughts. Some of the thoughts that you would want to write down include what thoughts you may be having before and after you have purged, your overall thoughts about food, if you are having unhealthy thoughts about food, among many, many more.
A part of the treatment plan that will be developed by Meadowbrook Counseling Center in order to help you overcome your eating disorder is to encourage you to have healthy and positive thoughts towards food as well as putting you on a clock. Some individuals can get confused as to when they are supposed to eat and when they are not supposed to eat, so putting these individuals on a clock helps them stay on track.
The treatment for eating disorders varies from person to person. Usually, it is customized based on the needs and health of the person. This is the reason you should always seek professional help to formulate a treatment plan for yourself.
If you truly want to recover from your disorder, here are some steps to help you on the path to recovery.
Step 1: Don’t be Embarrassed to Ask for Help
Support is crucial for people with eating disorders. You can confide to a trusted friend or family member about your disorder. Make time to discuss your situation at length. You may not get the reaction you envisaged when you first make your disclosure. The person may be shocked, angry or confused. However, don’t give up. Stay patient for your confidante to digest everything you have told them. Try and educate them about your disorder and let them know the kind of support you seek from them during your recovery.
Step 2: Find the Right Healthcare Professional
You cannot overcome your disorder without the right healthcare professional. It is necessary to find a counselor or nutritionist who specializes in dealing with patients with eating disorders. Call your local counseling center to find a counselor who will not judge you. It is important you find a professional who will make you feel safe, comfortable and accepted.
Step 3: Take Cognizance of Your Health Problems
Anorexia and bulimia can wreak havoc with your health and if they are not treated, they can be fatal. Get a complete medical checkup done so that your health problems come to the forefront. Then take measures to ensure your health and physical wellbeing.
Step 4: Create a Long-Term Treatment Plan
Your long-term recovery begins once your health problems are addressed. With your counselor, you can formulate a long-term treatment plan that is customized to meet your requirements. The plan may include inpatient treatment, nutritional counseling, medical monitoring, eating disorder education, individual or group therapy and/or family therapy.
The right treatment plan not only helps you tackle your unhealthy eating habits and associated symptoms, it also addresses the root cause of your disorder. Usually, emotional triggers, such as an inability to cope with stress, anxiety, sadness and fear among others, are responsible for majority of eating disorders.
Meadowbrook Counseling Center provides a safe and secure environment, where you can feel comfortable in confiding to your counselor about what is going on and where you would like to be.