Some people might think that being in recovery from an eating disorder means being very strict about exposure to and consumption of food. However, it’s just the opposite. As we tell people at our eating disorder treatment center in California, recovery is about a lot of things, but one of them is establishing a whole new relationship with food. And one of the best ways to do that is through cooking.
Reestablishing a Healthy Relationship with Food
Here are some reasons why cooking is great therapy for someone who is in recovery from an eating disorder and is looking to reconnect in a positive way with food.
- Cooking can take you back to simpler times. For most people, certain foods are forever linked with memories of their childhood. It might be a Saturday morning pancake breakfast or a big bowl of pasta enjoyed family style. Whatever it is, cooking it today can help transport you to a time when eating was relaxed and pleasurable.
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It’s hard to find a person these days who doesn’t spend at least a little time each day on social media. There are many positive and uplifting aspects of interacting with others online. Unfortunately, there has always been, and will always be, a darker side to the web. Haters, body shamers, and others can turn social media into a weapon aimed at people with eating disorders. As we tell people at our anorexia recovery center in California, it’s important to use social media wisely.
Common Sense Guidelines for Getting the Most Out of Social Media
Here are some tips for helping ensure that your time on the web is enlightening and encouraging:
- Seek positive influences. As mentioned above, there are many upbeat individuals, organizations, and companies with a presence on social media. Find them, follow them, like them. Their posts can be a great source of education and inspiration. From breaking news to best practices, they can provide all kinds of helpful information.
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Postpartum depression (PPD) is a type of clinical depression that appears after childbirth. It is estimated that one in seven new mothers will struggle with PPD. In our work at our California eating disorder recovery center, it’s not uncommon to see PPD result in the resurfacing of an eating disorder in a woman who has previously recovered from it.
Symptoms of PPD can include:
- Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
- Intense sadness
- Crying episodes
- Low energy
- Difficulty bonding with the baby
- Reduced desire for sex
- Ideations or intentions of hurting yourself or your baby
- Anxiety, and irritability
While many women experience some of these symptoms for a short time after giving birth, if they are severe or last more than a few weeks, it may be that the new mother is suffering from PPD. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2u6xvIg
Learning to love your body at any size or in any shape is something that each person has to do on their own. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t help one another improve our body image! At our adolescent binge eating disorder treatment center, we encourage people to help those they love gain a more positive perspective.
It’s Not What You Look Like But Who You Are
If you know someone who has a difficult time with body image, try some of these things to help them get focused on what matters:
- Tell them you care about them and why you do. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to tie our sense of self-worth to our looks. “If I’m not thin/curvy/tall/short/athletic/etc. enough, I don’t deserve people’s love and respect.” Sharing with your friend all the things you love about them can help them see those characteristics as important and valuable.
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Bulimia nervosa, or simply bulimia, is an eating disorder in which a person binge eats and then purges the food. While induced vomiting is the method most people associate with bulimia, people with this condition may also take laxatives. In addition, as we explain to people at our Bulimia recovery center in California, they may attempt to lose weight by using diuretics or stimulants, through water fasting, or by exercising excessively.
A Difficult Disorder to Recognize
Because people with bulimia tend to be very secretive about their behavior, and because it doesn’t always or immediately result in dramatic weight loss, it can be difficult to detect that anything is wrong. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2u7jTwf
Autism is a neurological disorder that causes impaired social interaction, limited verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behavior. It is estimated to affect as many as 25 million people worldwide. While the condition manifests differently in everyone, it’s not uncommon for it to impact a person’s behaviors in a way that makes them susceptible to developing an eating disorder. As we tell the people we work with at our teen eating disorder recovery center, there are certain things people with autism can do to help ensure they make positive progress. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2u7exB3