*ugh* Dieting is everywhere. I can’t scroll social without an influencer insisting I give up meat and carbs one month, dairy and foods that start with the letter “R” the next. Keeping up with the nutrition “rules” is ever-changing. So, it’s no wonder that a Betty’s casual dieting can progress to a full-blown food obsession.
[ Check out our post on the signs of disordered eating ]
Betties, we’re here to help intervene when watching what you eat goes too far. Our experts shared their recommendations for combatting disordered eating before it escalates.
Focus on what you can control
Start your morning with self-affirmations. For example:
– I’m doing my best and that is enough.
– I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet.
– I let go of all that no longer serves me.
Betties, our words are powerful! Set the tone for your day with self-talk, then take inventory of your tasks for the day and map out a plan for how you will tackle them.
Surround yourself with a support network
Disordered eating can do a number on your relationships. Resist the urge to isolate yourself by bringing your people in. Talk about your relationship with food with someone you trust and allow them to support you!
Take the spotlight off food
Plan social activities that don’t involve food. Play a board game, go to the museum or a play, find a mutual cause and volunteer as a group. By shifting the focus, you can be fully present with your community.
Create a mindfulness practice
Mindfulness makes its way into every healthy eating chat around here for a reason: “When you cultivate an awareness of your surroundings, you are conscious of what you are eating and why, who you are with, and how you feel.” Take a walk, try a 10-minute meditation or journal it out(some prompts to help you start!).
Get connected with a counselor
Betties, don’t go at it alone! Disordered eating is a mental health issue. A counselor can help you unpack and address dysfunctional patterns so you can get unstuck, reroute, and dethrone food’s control over your thoughts and life.
Work with a nutritionist
Take the guesswork out of keeping up with the latest diet trends. A nutritionist has the expertise to deal with the food of it all. They will be able to ensure you’re eating a balanced diet with a plan that’s tailored to what your body needs.
Disordered eating is in need of serious attention, Betties. But you have the power + the support to help you get back to a fuller, healthier self.
If you’re looking for additional support, reach out to NEDA Feeding Hope:
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