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Eating Disorder Recovery and Complacency

by nina on March 20, 2012

Today’s Help for Eating Disorder is about becoming
complacent in your recovery…
Check out this video to see how this can happen
and let it be a reminder to us all that we can still
fall back into the eating disorder if we allow
complacency to set in…
Is this something you struggle with?
Thinking you’ve “got it” – only to find yourself
back in the eating disorder and wondering what the
hell happened??
I would love to hear your comments and please
share your experience either in the comments below
Remember we are all here to support each other and
share our honest experience, hope and questions…
Love and Service
Nina

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Macie March 22, 2012 at 9:53 am

nina thank you so much for this video and all of the weekly ones that you do. This is exactly what has been happening to me for the last 14 years.
My biggest trigger is hearing people talking about diets. I do not even realize I have been triggered until I find myself back doing the usual dieting behavior which I always seem to justify because i feel that i have “recovered”
This video has really helped me and I wrote out a checklist of all of my triggers, things that I need to avoid and things that I must do in order to not get complacent with my recovery.
Thank you Nina for all that you do. You have no idea how much you changed my life. No therapists or eating disorder clinic has been able to help me as much as you videos and Book which I have read over and over again.

Gratitude to you
Macie

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Jennifer March 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Hi Nina.
This is a great video. I have definately related to this quite a few times during my early recovery. I would feel really good, I would be eating normally then all of a sudden thoughts about losing a bit of weight, calorie counting or feeling guilt for eating certain foods etc, would start to creep back in. But each time I started to feel this way I remembered what it was like before when I was in the death grips of the eating disorder. I continue to eat intuitively no matter what and have what is right for me. There are still triggers which can set off the old thoughts, this usually happens when the people around me talk about food a bit too much or mention weight loss etc, sometimes I just have to (without being rude) leave the room when this happens or change the topic of conversation, but I never ever put those thoughts into action. These thoughts are very abnormal to me now. Continuing to eat in this normal healthy way for the last 5 months has helped me get to this place in my life where I feel fully recovered. We really have to change our thinking and believe we can recover completely because it IS possible.
Thankyou Nina, you have no idea how much you inspire me and how much you have helped me!
Love Jennifer
x

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nina March 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hi Jennifer,

You are doing so great. Remembering “what it was like” is SO important. I have journals and diaries that serve as a constant reminder of what happens if I choose to go down that path. This disease is sneaky and will try to get in any way it can, sometimes disguised as just “healthy eating”.
I am beyond thrilled that you have maintained this recovery for 5 months – you are a miracle and will be able to help so many others!!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and success.
Love Nina

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Andrea March 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

Nina, this is exactly what happens to me. I think I am ok for a while and then somehow I decide I want to lose a bit more weight and I end up right back where I started – binging, purging and gaining more weight.
It is so sneaky how it happens, how do I stop it and stay on the path of recovery?
Andrea Dollilo

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nina March 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

Hi Andrea,
This is why it is important to have a “trigger list” that you can refer back to – a very thorough and honest one that you can perhaps come up with together with another person that is not in the disease.
Then we always have to be rigorously honest about whether we are engaging in the trigger behaviors and immediately talk about it with a close friend, mentor, support group etc…
It is difficult to fight this alone – the disease works to isolate you and then plant those thoughts.
Write out your list, refer to it often and make sure you are getting the support that you need.

Love and service
Nina

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Jan March 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

Hi Nina, I feel I am becoming compacent with recovery. With so much information out there I find myself wavering – continually looking for answers, when I know your ebook helps. I was using your ebook for a while to help with binge eating and things were going great, however, at the moment I’m struggling with food, and the contradictions between what my dietitian told me of 5 small meals a day, and just eating when I’m hungry. Food is taking up space in my mind, and it’s becoming exhausting. I find that I can be more relaxed when I know to eat 5 meals a day, but I really want to be able to eat what I like, when I like, and not have to follow any plan. How can I get back safely on my recovery path.
Thanks so much for all your help, in what is a very difficult journey.

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nina March 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Jan,

I completely understand this dilemma.
For a long time i was in various programs that required regimented eating – some more strict than others.
In some ways this made me feel “safe”, but in the long run i always “relapsed”, felt worse about myself, was not able to stick to the plans, was full of fear if i was eating the right thing at the right time – and completely out of tune with my body.
However, I only speak from my own experience and i know that having a plan can help some people.
The whole point is to fin what works for YOU – and that in itself is intuitive eating.
We have to listen to our intuition in all areas of our life – not just food – in order to be in alignment with ourselves.
One person’s path may not be the same as another’s.
The fact that you have been attracted to this site appears as though there is a part of you that does want to be completely free of all the rules and restrictions. However, this may take time to realize and to completely surrender to a different approach to food and lifestyle.

No matter what, keep going. Whatever you are searching for is also searching for you…

Love Nina

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Jessica March 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

Hi Nina,
I have been watching your videos for a while and just signed up for your coaching program. i am hoping you still have spots available. your story is so similar to mine and i cannot believe that it is possible to recovery completely. But you have given me hope and I cant wait to start working with you as I have so many questions and really need help and guidance. I have very little support where I am.

Jess

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nina March 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

Hi Jess,

It is a pleasure to be able to be of service to you.
You can still sign up for coaching – there are a few spots left:
http://helpforeatingdisorder.com/recover/eating-disorder-coaching-programs/

I really believe that it is crucial to have the right support – especially in the early stages of recovery when the disease is rampant.

looking forward to hearing from you

Nina

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Ioanna March 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

Ok, it’s working now 🙂 . Great video Nina!

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nina March 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks Ioanna!
Feel free to ask any further questions so that I can best help you…

Love Nina

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Ioanna March 20, 2012 at 7:35 am

Hi Nina
I’m sorry, but I can’t watch the video. They say it’s private.
Ioanna

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