When experiencing an eating disorder it is a lonely place. Many times you isolate your feelings and hide your behaviors. Seeking therapy for eating disorders is a great way to re-gain control of your life.
If you are not sure that you have an eating disorder, here are some eating patterns and beliefs that may signal unhealthy behavior;
- Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, carbohydrates, fat grams, and dieting
- Uncomfortable eating around others
- Skipping meals or taking small portions of food at regular meals
- Any new practices with food or fad diets, including cutting out entire food groups (no sugar, no carbs, no dairy, vegetarianism/veganism)
- Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
- Frequent dieting
- Extreme concern with body size and shape
- Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws in appearance
- Extreme mood swings
Any time you feel yourself obsessive about any of the above, it may be a sign that you have an eating disorder. Eating disorders are not about food, but about underlying issues of control, low self esteem, underlying depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviors which are being masked by food.
Recovery from an eating disorder is about integrating behaviors plus emotional healing that can help you resolve these underlying issues and help you regain your life back.
Debbie can help. Contact her for your free consultation.