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Eating Disorder Recovery

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OhIFellOff Tue 18-Mar-14 16:54:59

I know there are quite a few of us lurking, that face the daily battle with eating disorders. I have started a blog, to document my attempt at recovery over the year, if anyone wants to have a look.

ellechapmanblog@wordpress.com

Any comments or suggestions are very welcome.

Millie2013 Tue 18-Mar-14 17:38:18

I think there was some talk about having an ED sub forum on here, I'm not sure what was decided though

Lots of luck with your recovery, it's a very brave thing to do smile

OhIFellOff Tue 18-Mar-14 17:43:21

I know the thread your referring to. MN announced it was on the way and then nothing appeared. Bit odd.

EatOxfordStudy Sat 22-Mar-14 12:05:35

Message deleted by MNHQ. Here's a link to our Talk Guidelines.

CakeWillDo Sun 23-Mar-14 09:17:31

Thanks for the delete MNHQ. That was quite an intensive post. it didn't occur to me to report itconfused .thanks

OhIFellOff Tue 25-Mar-14 16:52:36

As pointed out elsewhere, a click-able link may have been better.

ellechapmanblog@wordpress.com

OhIFellOff Tue 25-Mar-14 17:03:10

Not sure that worked properly
wp.me/4dGvE

muser31 Wed 26-Mar-14 07:03:59

had a look at your blog you have a lot of insight and i wish you all the best in your recovery. its so hard. im in a much better place than where i was a few years ago (and i mean a LOT better!! ) but still i am so fed up of the stupid ways i fall again and again with it. it really can bring me down like nothing else can. if there is a subforum please let me know!

OhIFellOff Wed 26-Mar-14 10:23:08

Muser31, it's always great to hear from people who have managed to improve their situation. It's not easy to do and a really big achievement, well done. Do you mind me asking how you went about doing it?

I have asked MNHQ what happened to the sub forum that was planned. Hopefully they will respond on here to explain what happened.

muser31 Wed 26-Mar-14 10:38:21

ohifelloff i was very ill with bulimia and anorexia, now i am a normal (still low/normal)weight and i don't obsess about food - i pretty much eat what i want and don't restrict, but i still have certain foods just i don't eat (like i just haven't bothered to include them as i don't think its necessary) but i eat a lot of calories a day, in fact i don't count any more and in the times i have counted i realise i eat a lot more than a normal woman and still maintain my weight (when im doing well) which is very encouraging, and should be, to those who are recovering.

about my actual recovery....it has gone through sooo many stages! the first was getting pregnant, it seemed to help me realise i need to eat for my child, and gave me a reason to recover. then i went low carb for awhile and this broke my fear of fats - i was no longer afraid to eat fat, i was ok with fatty foods and still am even when i came off the low carb as it wasn't really working for me ... but it served its purpose in helping me get more balance in my diet. then i broke off a bad relationship, and was able to stop bp as much because i had less time alone because i was running around after dd, so ed took a back seat. i was no longer depressed and held back because of the bad relationship so that helped.

i think one of the most important stages that i had to go through in recovering, was to let my body have the binge. years of restriction, years of bp, cause tremendous damage to the body, which is part of the reason we crave binging - our bodies need the food to repair the damage - yes it needs simple sugars and carbs to provide the quick energy thats needed. its only for awhile. i let my body have what it wanted and sat with the uncomfortableness, for about 4 months. my stomach bloated, i went through a stage of exhaustion when i believed my body was healing itself, then i no longer seemed to crave binging like i did before, the weight started gradually balancing out to the rest of my body and i began to feel much better and not focus on food as munch. there is a lot of information about this way of recovery the website http://www.youreatopia.com/ i didn't follow this method fully, but i was aware of it, and it really really helped me accept the stages i was at in my recovery and let go. i really suggest you read some of the entries about extreme hunger and the stages of recovery listed here http://www.youreatopia.com/archive/
lots of reading but very worthwhile

for me i went through years of therapy. very negative - weighing every week, food diaries, cbt. yes i gained awareness but none of it ever worked - i got better when i quit therapy. i still struggle with overeating at times and bp sometimes but im living my life now.

wow this was long. there is much more that helped too but ive rambled long enough for now!

muser31 Wed 26-Mar-14 10:41:29

the blog post is called phases of recovery not stages of recovery smile

OhIFellOff Wed 26-Mar-14 11:05:59

muser31, I think the thing I can relate to most from your post, is that you have taken small bit here and there that work for you. There are areas that have really stuck with me and other that haven't whilst trying to recover. I guess we will all have that aspect, but so long as we can find our positives then it's a really good thing.

muser31 Wed 26-Mar-14 11:11:39

yeah i have just listened loads, researched loads, talked loads, and have taken what i can! and you are right we just need to find the positives.... every day.

OhIFellOff Thu 27-Mar-14 21:53:11

For anyone wondering about the eating disorders sub group previously discussed, I have asked MNHQ for an update on their decision. Just waiting on a reply.

lollydollydrop Sat 29-Mar-14 21:38:20

Hi all, the Eating Disorders sub topic now appears to be live smile I'll post an introduction next week- maybe someone could start an 'Introductions' thread?

I have a 10 year history of EDs: anorexia> bulimia> over exercise> night eating syndrome (n.e.s) and currently relapsed into anorexia but recovering

3asAbird Tue 01-Apr-14 13:21:59

Good luck O i fell off with read your blog now. Good luck with recovery.

Im in relapse and finding it hard some days.

I think having specific section is great idea as they been on about it since dec as commented on few past ed threads.

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