Coping with Family and Friends That Trigger You

by nina on May 8, 2013

eating disorder recovery triggersDo you have family, friends, colleagues or other people in your life that trigger you and get in the way of your recovery?

Are you around people who talk a lot about diets, weight loss, the latest tips and tricks to lose weight?

All of these things can really get in the way of recovery and are a tricky topic – especially when these people are close to home…

So how do you deal with these triggers and stay on the path of recovery without hurting anyone?


Watch the latest video to find out more about how to Deal with People Who Trigger Your Eating Disorder Recovery


Remember that when you are recovering – you need to take care of yourself first.

It is like being on the plane when they tell you to put on your mask before helping anyone else.

Because the truth is unless you get your mask on – your recovery – you really are of no use to anyone else.

As difficult as this all sounds, making some changes to take care of yourself and set boundaries are not only great tools for recovery – but life in general.


Leave me a comment and let me know if there are people that trigger you, and how you have dealt with such situations.

To your recovery, self care and a life of freedom

Nina 🙂

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Andrea June 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Hi! I feel with you. I’m still living at my parents’ house and they can’t understand that their comments on my weight or when/what/how much I eat are really freaking me out. They expect me to eat at times when I’m no longer hungry and don’t see that I have a different “rhythm” than they have. Any suggesetions? I can’t afford to move out, by the way, so I can’t avoid them. And I’ve tried to explain to them that it bothers me, but they don’t get it. I don’t know what else to do or what to say.


nina August 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Hi Andrea,

Thank you for your comment. This is something that I have experienced a lot in my recovery. It comes down to boundaries and putting your recovery first – no matter what.
Whether it is family telling you what and when to eat, or society, “health professionals” and others – we have to always remember that while people may have good intentions,
they do not always understand what we are going through or what an eating disorder is like.
Always do what is the absolute best for your recovery and trust your intuition and your decisions – even if others do not agree. In the long run, you are the one that has to live in
your body and trying to people please will only get you back into the destructive eating disorder cycle – which does not serve anyone!
Our families will be much better off when we are healthy and recovered, rather than pleasing them for a day and then struggling for years

Stay strong and always trust yourself!
Your own intuition is your GPS!

Love Nina


Suzette May 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I’ll think it happens all the time, when I visit my mom. I dont know what exactly I do wrong, or it just a bad excuse for eating extremely much food.. fact is, it ruin my hole day, if not days..


nina May 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Hi Suzette,

I can very much relate to this. Whenever I visit my mother she expects me to eat a lot.
I have had to draw very strict boundaries around this. While I know that she is concerned about my “recovery”
she is not someone who has ever experienced an eating disorder – and so does not have full understanding around it.
I have to stay on MY own path of recovery – no matter what others expect of me.
And if something is triggering – I have to avoid it because my recovery comes first – no matter what

Love Nina 🙂


nina May 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

And by the way – you are not doing ANYTHING wrong!
You are amazing and well on the way to full recovery!
Nina 🙂


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