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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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
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), previously known as Selective Eating Disorder (SED), is an eating disorder in which food consumption is limited based on the food’s texture, taste, smell, or appearance. Our eating disorder treatment center in California has found that the restriction can also be the result of a past unpleasant experience with the food. While the behavior is sometimes dismissed as the person just being a “picky eater,” ARFID is a serious condition that can have a variety of negative mental and physical effects.
ARFID is characterized by:
- Unwillingness to eat in front of others
- Evidence of nutritional deficiency
- Significant weight loss or failure to grow and gain weight as expected
- Highly selective eating that persists past late childhood and a list of preferred foods that may grow shorter over time
- Unfounded concerns about negative consequences of eating such as choking, vomiting, allergic reaction, etc.
- Poor appetite or lack of interest in food
- An absence of body image distortion or fear of weight gain
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When it comes to “spectrums” of any kind, it seems that it’s generally wise to aim for a spot somewhere between the two extremes. That’s what we recommend to the people we work with at our eating disorder treatment center in California when it comes to recovery and their degree of confidence.
The Wisdom of the Middle Way
For people struggling to overcome an eating disorder, confidence is hard to come by. However, it is essential to success. You have to believe you can recover in order to recover. The path to a more healthy relationship with food is littered with speed bumps, roadblocks, and pitfalls. When you encounter them, you have to be able to find the self-assurance to get over, around, or out of them in order to keep making progress. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2sG7wnc
One of the biggest factors in how children view their bodies and their relationship with food is what they hear from their parents and the other adults in their life. Even when it may seem that kids aren’t listening, they are and they are processing what they hear. We tell parents at our eating disorder treatment in Roseville, CA that while it is a heavy responsibility, it’s on them to help their children develop healthy eating habits.
Think Before You Speak
One of the challenges in choosing your words carefully is that many of the statements that can have a negative impact are so commonly used that we don’t even really consider their meaning before blurting them out. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2llUeLu
Eating disorders are conditions that can be devastating to your faith in yourself. The longer you struggle to get back to having a healthy relationship with food, the more you feel like you’ve failed. Consequently, as we tell people at our center for eating disorder recovery in California, one of the most important steps in healing is redeveloping a strong belief in yourself.
Tips for Regaining Your Belief in YOU
While it’s not easy to change negative mindsets that have taken root, it can be done. Here are some tips for getting back to trusting yourself. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2mPkT23