How Do You Stop Pseudo Dieting

by nina on November 30, 2012

One of the biggest triggers that comes up for people trying to recover from an eating disorder is the issue of dieting and pseudo dieting.

Pseudo dieting is possibly even more detrimental to eating disorder recovery because it can be difficult to identify and so deeply entrenched in your behavior that you do not even realize you are doing it.

So how do you stop pseudo dieting?

The first thing is to recognize and acknowledge what sort of pseudo dieting behavior you are engaging in. This is a time for some real, hard core honesty…

So take a few minutes and make a list – what pseudo dieting behavior are you still holding on to? Write it out… Here are some examples:

  • Laxative Abuse
  • Scouring the internet for weight loss sites
  • Eating only “healthy” food
  • Excessively working out at the gym
  • Reading weight loss and fitness magazines
  • Spending far too much time in grocery stores reading labels
  • Weighing yourself constantly

And many others…

Watch the latest video on How to Stop Pseudo Dieting and why this is such a crucial element to achieving complete recovery…

Write your list and get honest about what you are doing. These are all things that ultimately sabotage your recovery, but in order to transform anything you have to first acknowledge it and shed light on it.

Once you have your list, you know what it is that you need to let go of.

Now be gentle here – do it in a way that is comfortable to you, do it with ease. But know that letting go of each one of this things will bring you closer to freedom.

Recovery is a process, it takes time and it takes a shift it old ideas, beliefs and behavior.

The eating disorder recovery programs that I have created deal with all of these issues and acknowledge that it is not a quick fix, but give you a road map for complete recovery and guide you on how to completely change your thoughts, actions and create a path that brings you to full recovery and freedom.

Now get onto writing out that list and let me know if you have identified any pseudo dieting behavior that you were not aware of…

To your full recovery,

Nina 🙂

Nina Vucetic

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Helena December 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Thank you for this amazing website, your inspiring videos and all that you share with so many.
I have made real progress in my thought patterns in that I am no longer constantly beating myself up for not having the will power to be on this or that diet to lose the excess 10kg my body is clinging onto. I am moving away from the good vs bad foods thinking. Still overeating on a daily basis mind you…but I think I’m ok with that for now.
With this recent post I was reflecting on my triggers. Apart from tiredness, a need for my own time and space (not easy with my 2 little boys), a general feeling of being heavier, and not being able to fit into clothes that fit only a few months ago, I find that a huge trigger for me is trying and failing to implement the ideas of intuitive eating itself. It’s as if it has become the diet, even though I know that it is the only way out of this hell. Every time I start the day positive only to end up overeating way beyond fullness on a meal I lose all control. My biggest trigger, perfectionism. Do you have any words of wisdom on this particular issue?
Thank you 🙂


Cindy December 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Hi Nina,

Thank you for this video. Your honesty and positive attitude give me so much hope. Right now, the big thing I am working on is not beating myself up. I still have the pseudo dieting behaviors of feeling guilty around eating/not eating and being harsh with myself over eating and exercise.

I love the mantra of ease. I am going to take it one day, one meal at a time. Small, loving, nurturing steps.

Thanks, Nina!


pegy December 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

“With love and gratitued i now lat you go. You no longer serve me, you no longer serve my growth and my recovery”
That was the most healing thing i ve ever heard. it realy speaks to my heart.
Thank you Nina, you re unique!
ps sorry for my spealing mistakes, i can;t write very good english 🙂


nina December 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Thank you Pegy!
I am glad you liked it. The best way for us to let things go is with “love and gratitude”, knowing that we are moving forward and making room for a new life that is free of the old eating disorder behaviors, actions and beliefs.

Thank you for your beautiful comment…

Love Nina 🙂


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