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FREE REPORT- "All Your Questions Answered About How to Recover From an Eating Disorder."

All the Questions that may be going through your mind right now have probably been asked by others. I will give you the answers to the Top 20

Questions about How to Recover from an Eating Disorder!

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1. What do you think have been some

of the most helpful things you have

done?

I had to ACT AS IF I was recovered from an eating disorder. SO that meant I would go out and eat with friends, choose things that I liked and be around people as much as possible.

I would act as if I wasn't obsessed, so that meant no more reading online weight loss sites, unhealthy eating disorder sites or bringing binge food into my house.

I had to let go of all of the eating disorder behavior - the dieting, calorie counting, researching methods to lose weight on the internet, laxatives, talking to others who were in the disorder, everything!

You know your own little tricks and things that you do. I had to stop all of that, and begin to eat normally. Normally means eating foods that I liked-not foods that were "healthy" or "safe"... genuinely things that I liked.

Eating when I felt hungry (I learned slowly to recognize this) and stopping when I was fuII.

Other tips that helped me beat this disorder:

• It was very important for me to use the visualizations that I described.

• I had to stay away from other disordered eaters.

• I eliminated binge food from the house

• I stopped weighing myself

• I stopped reading online diet and pro Ana sites

• I stopped talking about my eating disorder

• I kept repeating to myself that I was recovered

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• I kept busy focused on other things like my work and writing

• I spent a lot of time eating WITH people

• Let go of any old ideas about diets, good/bad foods, trying to lose weight, obsession with my body.

• Avoid talking to people who are constantly dieting and trying to lose weight stop looking for the latest ways to lose weight or eating disorder tricks

What this means is a commitment to getting well, not a commitment to losing weight or trying to stay at a certain weight.

The important thing however is not to focus on dieting - DIETS ALWAYS

FAIL. You will never get anywhere and you will either be starving and miserable or overeating because you are so deprived.

2. What made me say ENOUGH

I guess it was just being sick and tired of it. I had tried so many diets, programs etc and eventually I gave up. I also met a girl who was a normal eater and she inspired me. I saw her eating normal things like French toast and pasta, and she didn't gain weight!

I knew that diets were the problem and so I decided to give normal eating or intuitive eating a try.

Finally, I just gave up. I gave up on the diets, the food plans and anything that was designed to focus, control and restrict my eating.

I made a single minded and determined effort to shift my attention off food, weight and dieting. I knew that "what we focus on we become" and I used this principle to guide my focus OFF food and weight.

I stopped weighing myself, stopped eating diet foods, and stopped creating meal plans and researching anything food related online. I wanted to live, not be a slave to food and the scales.

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This of course was not an overnight process, but I can tell you that once the mental shift was created, the results were faster than expected.

The more I ate food that I actually liked, the more the obsession lessened.

The more time I spent with friends talking about things not food related, the less I had the desire to binge.

It has now been over four years and I have not had the need to binge, diet, starve or purge in that time. No desire at all. There have been thoughts at various times of wanting to "lose a few pounds", start a

"cleanse" or go on a "quick diet", but I have NEVER acted on these thoughts, because I know what they lead to.

3. How did you use visualizations in

your recovery?

I also can't stress enough how

important visualization is. I would do

this every day - SEE myself as

someone who was recovered, very

clearly in a lot of detail. I would imagine things like:

• what would I be telling people

about how I recovered

• what would I be doing instead of

binge eating

• writing my story about how I

recovered

• what would I be eating

• who would I be spending time with

• Anything else that works for YOU

But I visualized myself FULLY RECOVERED - as if it were ALREADY

TRUE.

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Keep that thought at the forefront of your mind and then get busy with other things. Think of what you would be doing if you were not obsessed with food and weight and then do them!

I visualized the EXACT recovery that I wanted and I practiced these visualizations daily.

ALWAYS keep repeating to yourself:

I AM A NORMAL EATER and I HAVE COMPLETELY RECOVERED from all eating disorders.

And it has all come true!!

For the Complete strategy of my full recovery, Download Recover From

Eating Disorders

4. What did you do in the beginning

to fight off the obsession?

I found it really helpful at the start

to stay busy doing things I really

enjoyed (I worked a lot making

websites and

writing),

staying

around people who were NOT

disordered

eaters

(very

triggering), getting RID of scales,

being around people as much as

J

possible (especially when I didn't

want to), eating with people (and

choosing food that I actually liked).

It was really important for me to let

go of all obsessive thinking and

planning around food.

How do we do this? By doing the opposite.

• Instead of researching a diet online, I would research something for my writing.

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• Instead of talking about how bad I felt about food I would call a friend and ask how they were.

• When I wanted to stay home and binge, I would go out and eat with people.

I had to eliminate all of the obsessions from my life and anything that would trigger the obsession.

It is a fight and you will win. just never ever give up!

5. I can't stop dieting and restricting

The major thing that prevents

recovery is the binge/starve

roller

coaster. From my

experience, starving or restricting

always leads to a binge that can do enormous damage.

I had to really let go of all forms

of dieting behavior, restriction,

excessive food planning and

"weight loss" techniques. These are the basic changes that are

ESSENTIAL.

Once you get your thinking right, the changes in your body will take care of themselves.

I also had to start eating food that I actually liked! No more carb free meals and plain salad. It had to be what I was genuinely hungry for.

Remember that this is a process and you are absolutely on the right track.

Small changes all add up.

To begin with I would strongly recommend that you stay away from weight loss sites, restriction, starvation plans and any other behavior which triggers the obsession. This was a key component of how I finally

recovered.

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6. Is it really possible to recover?

You really can ABSOLUTELY beat this thing completely. If you could have seen how bad I was you would understand that it is possible for anyone.

The main thing that I had to do was let go of all the Eating Disorder behavior - the dieting, calorie counting, weighing, restricting, obsessive exercise, etc.

I wanted to be a NORMAL eater and that was my goal.

I had been in so many programs that focused on food plans, control, etc and that just never worked for me. I believe that it fuelled my disorder by keeping the focus on the control.

The main thing I had to do was trust myself and keep asking myself what I wanted to eat, -ANYTHING - but it actually had to be what I wanted, not what was ••right" or ••healthy".

Eventually after trusting this path the obsession was completely alleviated.

So really it came down to reprogramming everything back to its natural state - and letting my body readjust and eat intuitively. I still do that today- I eat everything - ice cream, chocolate, salad, bread, whatever!

COMPLETE recovery IS Possible!!

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7. I just can't allow myself to eat

what I want - it scares me

It terrified me too at first. I had

cut out so many different food

groups that it seemed impossible

to get my head around eating

them again.

But I got to a point where I KNEW

that it was the only way OUT of

the obsession and the eating

disorder.

4 years on, I eat exactly what I

want and have not gained ANY

weight.

I actually LOST 40

Pounds in the process of allowing myself to eat what I want.

The only way to beat fear is to do the thing that scares you the most.

8. If you have any tips on how to be a normal eater, please tell me!

The trick is to eat, act and behave like a normal person around food. I know it seems

too simplistic, and that's the point. It is really very simple.

There is no such thing as the perfect meal plan, and it really doesn't matter how many grams of carbs, fat or calories you have in a day. It is the mental obsession with food and weight that keeps us in the disorder and leads to binges, overeating and weight gain. Food in itself does not make you fat. The obsession and mental preoccupation does.

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The best way to do this is just practice. Start with small goals and incorporate things into your daily eating that you actually like.

Over time you will get more confident and you will see that no food that you like will make you put on weight - it will actually make you more satisfied and probably eat less.

Start small, keep being consistent and always remember your goal - to be a normal eater.

Keep remembering that it really makes NO difference what food you eat.

What matters is that you are satisfied and that the obsession is lifted. The more you try to be "healthy" the more you will end up eating because your body is unsatisfied and you are constantly obsessing about it and are always returning to the fridge or store to get more food.

The food does not make us fat, it's the obsessive thinking about it that makes us eat MORE and still feel unsatisfied.

Learning how to eat intuitively is what ultimately cures negative beliefs about food. Food obsession is overwhelming, and can take over your life.

Remove this obstacle from your life, and you will experience amazing peace and freedom in your life. You will be free to direct your thoughts and energy to your true goals and dreams.

9. Did you ever feel like giving up?

Before I completely believed that

could have a FULL recovery, there

were times when I played around

with "normal" eating or intuitive eating and would give up after a few

days because I was always driven by the fear of gaining weight.

But by the time I really made a decision to recover and let go of all

of my old ideas about dieting,

restriction and weight loss, there

was NO going back. Giving up was

NOT an option because I knew what

the result would be - starvation for

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a few days, huge amount of obsession followed by disastrous binges that would lead to even more weight gain.

I had already gained 40 pounds by that time and was SO uncomfortable in my own body. I wanted to change so desperately and I BELIEVED that I could be a normal eater.

"Tension and discomfort are necessary feelings in the process of achieving your goal. In fact, if you do not experience them then the goal is not important or not what you really want." Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Avy joseph (p 114)

10. How long did it take you to feel

completely free of the disorder?

You will be surprised at this - it was VERY quick. I would say that the initial transition took about 3-4 weeks. That

was mainly just me learning to eat normal food - food that I liked, at times that I wanted, without feeling guilty.

It was very strange and at times I felt like I didn't know what I was doing, but I just kept a vision in my mind - of me eating normally and being completely

free of food and weight obsession.

Even at times when I thought that

messed up, I would keep this vision in my head. I continued trying to just eat

things that I enjoyed and I found that the more I did this, the less hungry and compulsive I felt.

Also, my body and weight regulated within a few moths. I actually lost weight and all of the bloating went away.

I would say that after about 3 months I almost felt completely recovered.

The obsessive thoughts were way in the background of my mind. They would come up occasionally - usually if I was really hungry around my 11

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period or something like that. But mainly I started to notice that they would come up if I tried to exercise too much or eat things that I thought were "light" or low calorie.

That is a danger zone for me. I know that now. I don't have the luxury of dieting.

But the good thing is that I really don't need to diet. My weight is stable and at a really normal level - perfect for my body.

11. Did you have a lot of setbacks also, and moments where you thought that

it is actually impossible?

Periods of intense forward movement often give way to periods of what seems like stagnation.

You can read more about this topic of setbacks and how to handle them

here

I certainly felt like I had a lot of setbacks and that maybe it was not possible for me to recover. When I didn't see instant results, there was always the temptation to go back to diets and restriction. But I was just DONE with it. I knew the results would be even more obsession, binge eating and weight gain.

After a few weeks I really started to trust my body and my choices. Within months I noticed that most of the obsession was completely lifted.

Within a year I lost 40 pounds.

I want to encourage you to keep on the journey of intuitive eating and letting go of starvation, diets and restriction. It really works. If it worked for me there is no reason why it cannot work for you.

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12. How do you know what to eat?

This is something that is entirely

personal and up to you.

Think about what you really enjoy, if

there were no restrictions or rules.

For me personally, I really like

sandwiches. And that was something

I never really allowed myself to have

before. So it was a big step for me to

eat a sandwich - and I still eat them

all the time without guilt.

I also got a lot of help from people who I considered "normal" eaters. I asked them what they ate and I observed their eating habits.

What sort of food do you like? Think about it and maybe make a list for yourself and try to incorporate one of those things each day.

Take baby steps, you don't have to try every food that has been off limits all at once. Be kind and gentle with yourself.

When I first started to recover, I treated myself like a child. I would say

"baby what do you feel like eating today?"- I know it sounds so corny but it helped!

In my Recover from Eating Disorders Ebook I show a sample 2 week eating plan that works for me and where I do NOT gain any weight AT ALL. And I eat everything! Chocolate, Pizza, Pasta as well as fruit juices, yoghurts and plenty of brown rice stir fries.

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13. I'm scared I will never be able to eat and make choices around food

YOU WILL. This is just your disease talking. It is just the eating disorder trying to suck you in. Don't believe it!

Change the things that you tell yourself.

Say things lil<e:

"I AM be able to make food choices for myself that I really like"

"I am an intuitive eater"

"I trust my body and know how to make the right food choices"

Deciding on whether to eat a chocolate bar may take time. I do have them -

all the time.

But at first I was nervous about it. Now it makes no difference whether I have one or not, I don't worry about it and I don't obsess about it. And for the most part I have found that I don't really even like them all that much!

It is amazing what you will learn about what you actually do and don't like once your remove the restrictions and the "good" vs "bad" food thinking Again, be patient; take your time and just experiment.

There is no wrong way to do this.

14. I want to be a "healthy" eater but it is making me obsessed about food again

I can completely relate to this. A few months into my complete recovery from

eating disorders I had an idea that I wanted to be a "healthy" eater again.

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would then spend hours in health food stores, researching veganism, raw food diets, etc. The end result was obsession again!

I also spent A LOT of time in health food stores, reading labels, buying healthy cooking recipe book- does this sound familiar??

What this was essentially was the disease coming in through the back door. I had to STOP all of these healthy eating obsessions. There is a term for that- orthorexia.

It is used to describe people who have developed a fixation with healthy or righteous eating. This focus may turn into a fixation so extreme that it can lead to severe malnutrition or even death. Even in less severe cases, the attempt to follow a diet that cannot provide adequate nourishment is said to lower self-esteem as the orthorexic blames themselves rather than their diet for their constant hunger and the resulting cravings for forbidden foods.

I have learned that these things are off Iimits for me. I still do eat healthy on some days, and some day I eat fries, etc. I don't even like to label them as "healthy" or "not healthy" because I believe that the healthiest thing we can do is eat what we truly want and live with the freedom from obsession and compulsion around food.

My body has never felt better or healthier and I do not diet or follow and clean eating plans. I simply eat what my body feels like and leave it at that.

My weight does not fluctuate; I have a lot of energy and most of all, peace of mind.

I hope that helps you to challenge the ideas in your head about what

"eating right" means. I think the only right way to eat is to stick to what you like, whenever you like it.

Our bodies are very intuitive and have an amazing ability to heal even after years of abuse.

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15. Have you ever battled with the

good food versus bad food theory?

Answer:

I really don't believe that there is such a thing as good or bad food. I spent many years only buying and preparing

healthy food and I was obsessed with

it.

I would allow anything bad to enter

my mouth - unless I was binge eating.

Then the eating completely took over

and it was all "bad" food.

was

in

Sydney

recently (my

hometown) and people are pretty health conscious here. I think that's great - for them - but very dangerous for me.

My friends were out one night and one guy who is a personal trainer was talking about what the perfect daily meal plan was - the mix of carbohydrate, fat, protein etc... When you should eat, how much... and I could feel my old eating disorder head trying to pull me into that.

The eating disorder wants me back to the counting, planning, eating the perfect food at the perfect time. But I can catch this now before it even starts. I immediately switch off the conversation. I know that for that is the road to misery, destruction and despair.

There is no perfect meal plan. The only perfect way to eat is what you genuinely want, when you want.

I refuse to get into the dieting or "healthy eating" mentality. It's just a luxury that people with eating disorders cannot afford.

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16. I keep picking at food all day-

How Can I stop this?

I know that it is frustrating and it seems that your eating disorder still has you focused on the weight and calories.

I can completely relate to this.

BUT Limiting calories, diets and restriction always leads to binge eating

The thing is - as you probably know- our bodies go into starvation mode after we have messed with our eating for so long. Also, if you are still to some extent restricting calories and eating very limited foods, your body thinks that it will not get enough and so it holds onto whatever it gets.

The picking of food indicates two things: 1. That your body is still hungry to some extent and 2. That there is still mental obsession going on.

I definitely went through that period too.

What I noticed was that I wasn't actually eating things that I liked.

Let me give you an example, and see if its true for you: If I eat something that I think is "healthy" for lunch - like a plain salad or something, I will leave the lunch still feeling unsatisfied. I will still be thinking about food and I'm not really present in my life.

Then I will probably eat something small an hour later, and then maybe something else. All the while, I will have constant thoughts of food.

However, if at lunch I eat something that I really like -for me its a toasted sandwich and fries, for example, then after the lunch I am totally happy and satisfied, I go out and do whatever I am doing for the rest of the day, I don't think about food AT ALL, I don't feel hungry or compulsive.

Then I may eat something later on around dinner time when I actually feel hungry again.

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Do you see what I mean? I have also noticed that I end up eating MORE

on the days when I am just trying to be "healthy" and restricting my food.

I still find this true today. I will always overeat when I try to limit the calories and stick to food that I don't particularly want. This ALWAYS

seems to happen. But I don't do this anymore, because I just know what will happen. A binge always follows, not to mention all the mental obsession and frustration.

17. Did you have relapses on binge

eating?

When I first started to really recover I

started to eat food that I actually

liked - including sandwiches, pasta

and other things that were always

"forbidden". This was terrifying at first and I was never sure whether I

was eating the right amount. So

sometimes

it

"Felt" like I went

overboard, but maybe I

didn't.

At those times when I felt that I had overeaten, there was a string urge to

restrict and diet again - but this is just the disease that has its death

grip on me. Remember what happens when we restrict and diet? It is always followed by a binge.

The only real and lasting solution is to give up the starvation and restriction.

Read this post that answers a lot of questions about binge eating relapses.

I want to encourage you to keep on the journey of intuitive eating and letting go of starvation, diets and restriction. It really works. If it worked for me there is no reason why it cannot work for you.

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18. Do you ever watch what you eat

or count calories?

I was so obsessed with counting all of these things that it would leave me paralyzed. If I went ONE gram over or under I couldn't get on with my life.

But here is the miracle I want to tell you - I have absolutely no idea how many calories or grams of anything I consume today.

I just eat when I am hungry, I eat what I like, and I am the healthiest and slimmest I have ever been.

19. Did you make mistakes?

I made mistakes, definitely, but I refused to view them as mistakes. I just saw myself as being like a child, or new at something, so it takes some time to get used to it and get good at it.

The whole process is VERY quick - I would say that within 3-4 weeks I was over the early fears and obsession. I kept trying over and over to just eat what I wanted, stop when I was full and not obsess over what I had eaten.

Failure does not exist - There are only learning experiences. Once you submerge yourself into a culture that does not see failure, but only experiences and results, you take away an enormous chunk of negative energy out of your life.

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20. Did you gain weight?

I guarantee you that if you do this -

and STICK TO IT - you will NOT gain

any weight. In fact I probably lost weight in the process, over a period of time. We don't get fat from the food that we eat; we get fat from the bingeing and then starving (our bodies store fat) and even the purging

because you don't get rid of it all.

However, I completely relate to those

fearful feelings around weight gain.

That was what kept me stuck in the eating disorder for so many years.

I thought that if I "let go" of the diets, restrictions and meal plans, I would gain so much weight and be completely out of control.

But the complete opposite was true.

In fact it was when I was constantly dieting and restricting that I gained all of the weight. As soon as I let go of the diet mentality and all the things associated with it, I actually lost over 40 pounds.

I started to eat things that I actually liked and as a result I didn't fee/like binge eating and I no longer felt deprived.

I started to eat out with people, especially normal eaters and I learned to be a normal eater myself.

So from my experience you will NOT gain weight, you will however gain a lot of freedom. I NEVER think about food today, seriously. Only when I'm going out to eat or I feel hungry. And then it's over. Now can you imagine that it is possible? From someone who lost jobs because I couldn't get out of the bathroom because I was constantly throwing up, couldn't keep a relationship because I had to be alone eating all the time, was hospitalized twice and had my weight fluctuate from 90 pounds to 170 pounds in a short space of time?

If it was possible for me, it is possible for you.

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Here are some helpful things that others have said about letting go of diets and weight gain:

Monica Seles- Tennis Player

In her new book, "Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self," Ms. Seles reveals that the biggest challenge she faced was a nine year struggle with binge eating

I had to throw out the word diet. I love food. That's who I am. I enjoy a good meal. I've got to accept who I am. I've had enough of people telling me what to do. I had to do this one thing for myself, not for my mother, for the media or for my career.

I threw out every single diet notion I'd learned. I allowed myself to eat every single food group. My extreme cravings went away. I allowed myself to have cookies or pasta. I stopped dieting and I started living life.

That's how I lost 3 7 pounds

Geneen Roth Author of Women, Food and God Every diet I'd tried since the age of 11 had failed, so why not do something radical -

like not diet?

I realized that when I ate the food my body wanted, I felt better. So I ate when I was hungry and stopped when I had enough.

Gradually, the pounds began to drop off. Within a year, I'd reached my natural weight, eight stone, where I've remained for the past three -

decades. But more than my new body size, it was the lightness of being I felt that enthralled me.

Marianne Williamson in a Course in Weight loss I was never a food addict, but for years I was a compulsive eater. Diets did not work. I would starve myself, then binge, starve myself, then binge, in a constant cycle of self- abnegation and self-indulgence. I hated many things about the situation, but what was worse than anything else was how much I thought about food. I was obsessed with it. The thought of eating hardly ever left my mind. And then it did, in a miraculous way.

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Then one day I looked down and couldn't believe what I saw, on the scale or on my body. Weight had simply dropped off and I realized why.

Are You Ready To Change, Give Up The Diets For Good and Live With Complete Freedom From Food And Weight Obsession?

Remove this obstacle from your life, and I guarantee you'll feel your spirit soar. You'll be free and clear to redirect the energy you devoted to food towards your real dreams, desires are goals that have been kept inside for so long.

So what should you do? There IS a solution...

I have finally created a strategy and

plan that works to give you

complete recovery from

eating

disorders and teaches you to

become a normal, intuitive eater.

After a decade of "researching" what does NOT work, I have finally found

the solution that is permanent.

leads to healthy weight loss and

eliminates the obsession with food

and weight forever.

I have been at the same healthy weight of 125 pounds for several years now and have not binged, purged, starved or eaten anything that I didn't like.

I eat what I want, when I want, my

weight stays the same and I have NO

obsession.

I am happier and my life is fuller than it has ever been. I am in the best shape that I have ever been in my life and people are always amazed at how I eat what I want and still stay slim. Nobody can believe that I once had an eating disorder or that I was 40 pounds heavier.

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Becoming an intuitive eater and recovering from all eating disorders is the single most important accomplishment that I have had to date. I no longer have constant negative thoughts about myself; I live with freedom and don't have the feeling that I am not able to live my life to the fullest because of my food obsession and weight gain.

I am truly blessed and grateful for this recovery. I had made a promise to myself that if I ever did achieve full recovery I would do all that I could to help others.

So after publishing my story online and getting thousands of emails asking me how I did it, I finally decided to sit down and write a book explaining it all. And it has now been published... "Recover From Eating Disorders" - a book that will give you permanent freedom from eating disorder, teach you to eat intuitively and you will never need to diet again.

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