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Your Eating Disorder Habits - Help Getting Rid of Them
January 18, 2015
8:50 pm
Thomas Grainger
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Hey guys,

So I thought it would be great to ask the question: 'what are your eating disorder habits?' Post them below and I will respond to each of them by coming up with strategies and insights into how to knock them off, one at a time. I believe to overcome something as massive as an eating disorder, we need to approach it one step at a time, and in this case, one habit at a time.

Post away :)

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January 30, 2015
9:36 pm
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Eating and drinking at specific times

February 12, 2015
12:20 am
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Billy28 said

Eating and drinking at specific times

Ah yes, this is a very difficult and annoying one to overcome. First thing is first: you have to ask yourself WHY it is that you have to eat at those certain times. For most, it all lies in the anxiety, a fear that for things to be 'just right', that you have to have lunch at say 1pm every day and then dinner at 7. Here's the thing: our bodies are innately designed to embrace irregularity. The hunter gatherer cavemen of our ancestry never ate at the same time, and portions and frequency also varied (they ate when they could). So don't worry about certain times being the 'best' for you, like I use to believe.

The best way to overcome this is through exposure therapy, which means you're going to have to try mixing it up by eating different foods at different meal times throughout the week. Just shake it up a little. You're going to feel anxious, but just remember that it is nothing more than a feeling and not reality. This is just a little thought in your head, which at that moment in time, appears to be your world.

Let me know how it goes!

Thomas

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February 14, 2015
1:34 pm
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Hey Thom thanks for this :-)

I find not having a clock in the room when we eat together helpful. Say once it get to 30 - 40 mins before tea I'll sit down and eat when the food is ready and cooked and not know the exact time. That's one thing I've been trying lately.
It's also difficult to switch times with work schedule but I have tried a few attempts at lunch/breakfast one day a week at the mo when I'm not at work.

Also I am in the stage of needing to restore my healthy weight so making sure I get my full meal plan in is important + Being anxious usually loses my appitite a bit so can be difficult to practice intuitive eating as much as I'd like to at the moment.

February 18, 2015
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H Billy,

How is it going with switching up your eating schedule a bit? I understand completely how anxiety provoking this can be. I would suggest not pushing yourself too hard for the beginning--I think your idea of not having a clock nearby is a great way to begin. In terms of anxiety at meal time, do you usually eat alone or with family/friends? Do you find one or the other to have a more negative or positive effect on the anxiety?

February 19, 2015
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I eat with my parents most nights of the week for tea but often eat on my own in the day because of our work schedules. Sometimes I'm lucky on work days if someone has their break at the same time I get mine.
I find it more helpful when eating together with friends and family.

March 11, 2015
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Hi Billy,

I think eating with someone whenever you can would be a great goal for you. Out of curiosity, do you chose your lunch time or does everyone have a specific one? Would it be possible to coordinate your lunch break with someone who you work with, that you feel comfortable around? This would allow you to eat with someone and it would also give you time to socialise and get your mind off the stresses of life for a bit.

Ryan

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