Items To Throw Away If You Struggle With An Eating Disorder

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Whether you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, you’ve recovered from one in the past but you sense old habits sneaking back up, or you simply feel that, lately, thoughts about your body and food have been consuming your mind more than you’d like, there are certain things you keep around your home that could be making matters worse. The important thing right now is to get back in touch with your body. It’s not to ask yourself what you “should” be eating based on certain cut and dry nutritional standards, or what you should weigh for your height and age. Those are things you can worry about when you have a renewed, healthy emotional relationship with your body. Until then, here are a few things you should throw away or hide from sight if you struggle with disordered eating.

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Measuring tape

Many individuals with disordered eating or exercise habits take their measurements almost daily. Truly, you only need to take these a few times a year if you keep a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

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Why it has to go

This isn’t a good time to measure your waistline or the circumference around your thighs. If you are eating in a way that feels good and nourishing to your body, and exercising just enough to feel rejuvenated, but not so much that you exhaust yourself, those measurements do not matter.

 

 

 

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Studies on processed foods

Some foods are, certainly, “bad” for our bodies. But right now, it’s your emotional and mental state that is most at risk. What’s most important to you right now is getting to a place where you can eat a candy bar and not obsess about it, or over exercise, for a week. Studies on the chemicals in that candy bar should be on the back burner for now.

 

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Why it has to go

Once you have a healthy emotional relationship with “unhealthy” foods, then you can make more practical decisions about what part you want those foods to play in your life. Reading articles on why those foods are bad may only encourage certain emotionally unhealthy behaviors right now.

 

 

 

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Your skinny clothes

Those could be a certain pair of jeans or a little black dress. You may only feel that you have a “good” body when you fit into these items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why it has to go

The only things that should define whether or not you have a “good” body are whether or not you wake up feeling happy in it, feeling proud of the way you treat it, and feeling grateful for it, whatever shape it may be in today. Your body may not, under those conditions, fit into your skinny clothes, so toss ‘em.

 

 

 

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Your scale

Many people who struggle with disordered eating weigh themselves every day—if not several times a day. They use the number on the scale to determine what they will do and eat that day.

 

 

 

 

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Why it has to go

You should be making food and exercise decisions based on how your body feels and not what the scale says. The scale may say you’ve gained two pounds since yesterday. But your body may feel that it, in fact, needs a break from exercise today. The latter piece of information should be all that matters when you’re overcoming disordered eating.

 

 

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Fitness magazines

There are dozens to choose from, and they tell you how to get super defined abs, how to get the strongest quads, which electrolyte drinks can fuel a two-hour workout, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Why it has to go

It’s not uncommon for people to use an “enthusiasm for fitness” to cover up disordered eating. Having a loving, emotionally healthy relationship with your body must come before anything else. Only then can you approach a rigorous fitness regiment with a level head. If you still exercise to purge after binge eating, you should not should not concern yourself with lifting weights to get wrestling arms.

 

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A food scale

These small scales can help you execute a recipe perfectly. It’s hard to eyeball four ounces of flour or one pound of ground beef. But if you struggle with disordered eating, you likely don’t use these to carry out a recipe.

 

 

 

 

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Why it has to go

People with disordered eating may only allow themselves a certain weight in food each day. This is one way to feel in control—knowing you only ate exactly half a pound of food that day or knowing you ate the “perfect” amount of protein that day. But what matters for you right now is listening to your body; perhaps it needs more protein today. Perhaps it needs less! The food scale cannot tell you what your body needs.

 

A personal trainer

Personal trainers, like dedicated fitness and bodybuilding publications, are another tool some people use to cover up their disordered eating and exercise habits.

 

 

 

 

 

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Why it has to go

You need to kiss your trainer goodbye for a little while because your trainer is not a therapist. She only knows how to bring a person who already had a healthy relationship with their body into pique physical shape. But if you don’t have that base of a good emotional relationship with your body, it’s not safe to push that aside, and only focus on your physical condition.

 

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Your dieting friend

You probably have several friends who are trying to lose weight, or who do not need to lose weight but constantly obsess over dieting.

 

 

 

 

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Why she has to go

Surround yourself with people who love their bodies, not with those who will say things like, “Ugh. I’m only drinking water today. I was so bad yesterday.” They will probably be enablers for you. If you struggle with disordered eating, your brain isn’t quite yet strong enough to say, “That is that person’s struggle and should not affect my food decisions today.” Try, instead, to be around friends who look at a menu and say, “Hmmm…what sounds good to me today?”

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