August 30, 2023

Getting Support in Eating Disorder Recovery

Intuitive Eating

Eating disorder recovery is not easy. It demands resilience, vulnerability, and self-compassion. You’re in charge of your recovery. However, remember that seeking support in eating disorder recovery is a strength, not a weakness.

Why it Matters

Asking for support in eating disorder recovery allows room for you to be human. Recovery can get really difficult and feel long. Part of getting back up after a setback, continuing on when you’re not sure anymore, and celebrating the wins is having a circle you trust. Your circle might include friends, family, dietitians, therapists, support groups, teachers, or other trusted individuals. They offer empathy and remind you that you’re not alone.

What to Consider

  • Honesty: Those who love and support you can only help if you’re being real with them. Eating disorder thrive in secrecy, but you can thrive by speaking your truth. Find people who you trust to listen to your honest feelings and thoughts without judgement.
  • Boundaries: Friends and family may want the best for you, but may not always be the best choice for professional advice. They may also not always be prepared for some really heavy conversations or may be working through their own issues and problems. Check in and ask before sharing and also lean on professional help when it’s appropriate.
  • Be brave: It can be really difficult to share emotions and feel very vulnerable. It can also be terrifying to face all of the feelings that come up in recovery. Take a breath, and remember you can do it even if it’s scary.

What to Say

examples of how to ask for support in eating disorder recovery. Could I please sit in your class for 10 minutes to eat my snack? I'm having a hard time right now, could you please sit with me for a little bit? I've been struggling a lot more with fullness. I think it would be helpful for me if I could share about it in our session today. I'm going to step out for a bit while you finish your conversation. Talking about diets is difficult for me right now. Could you please go to the grocery story? Can you eat with me and just chat about fun stuff?

How to Deal with People Not Being Able to Support You

It’s important to acknowledge that not everyone may fully understand the complexities of eating disorders or be equipped to offer the support you need at the time you need it. If this happens, remember to practice self-compassion. It’s okay to have limitations, and it doesn’t diminish your worth. It’s also an opportunity to explore alternative sources of support. This could include reaching out to a mentor, participating in a support group, or engaging in creative outlets.

If you need more support in eating disorder recovery…

We are here for you! You can book a free discovery call with us here or reach out for more information here.

Eating disorder recovery can feel really isolating at times, but remember you’re not alone in this 💕

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I utilize a non-diet, weight inclusive, and Health at Every Size approach to empower my clients to break-free from chronic dieting!

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