Tag: eating disorder recovery

You Are Not A Better Person For Saying “No” to the Bread Basket

The bread basket is a source of stress for many people. Some people feel out of control when there’s a basket of bread in front of them while they’re hungry for a meal. A popular diet tip is to ask the waiter to not bring out the bread or tortilla chips or pita so there’s no temptation to eat them. And if that’s where you’re at, no shame there. But the problem was that the waiter made judgments about us based on our food choices and labeled us “good” and labeled the bread “bad”, so now we were being “bad” for eating the bread.

A Picture Does Not Tell The Whole Story

Apps like Timehop and Facebook’s On This Day can be fun to see what you were doing on a certain day throughout the years. It can also be incredibly triggering.
Similarly, when you’re scrolling through your feed this weekend and seeing a variety of bodies, remember that you do not know anyone’s story. You do not know what it took for them to look a certain way or what their thoughts are about their body in the picture.

You Can Eat Whatever You Want Today, Even if You’re Wearing a Bathing Suit Tomorrow

We’ve all seen the articles and posts preaching how to get a flat stomach overnight in preparation for the beach/pool the next day. Listing all the “detoxing” foods and beverages you should consume and all the “bad” bloat-inducing foods and beverages you should avoid. Have you done exactly what was recommended and still spent the next day self consciously sucking in your stomach, wearing shirts or cover-ups, posing in certain ways to make yourself look slimmer, or simply not going out at all?

Just Because You Can Do it Alone, Doesn’t Mean You Have to

You are not a burden for reaching out for support when you need it. You are not weak for having needs you cannot meet yourself.
You are human and humans require connection.
If you’re struggling, reach out to friends, family, therapists, dietitians, clergy, strangers on the internet, or helplines. You don’t have to be in a crisis to get the help you deserve.