How to Practice Self Acceptance to Recover From Eating Compulsively
Posted Mar 26 2011 12:12pm
What is compulsive eating?
Compulsive eating is an obsession of the mind to consume large amounts of food, even when we are not hungry and way beyond the feeling of being full. It is an obsession of the mind and a compulsion of the body.
Why do we eat compulsively?
There are many reasons why people eat compulsively. It may be a learned addiction, a coping mechanism, a way to deal with depression and anxiety, or a way to numb painful emotions.
What does self acceptance have to do with it?
Self acceptance is the beginning of any kind of treatment and recovery. When we finally acknowledge that “yes this is what I do” there is a certain amount of honesty and humility there that can bring us to recovery and freedom. Staying in denial about the problem pr completely rejecting that part of yourself will never bring it to the light where the change and healing can occur.
Self acceptance is not about perfectionism or being perfectly serene all the time. This just creates more frustration and lack of acceptance! We are imperfect humans and self acceptance means accepting all parts of ourselves.
Part of life is learning that both failure and success are okay, and that we need to experience both for growth and recovery from eating compulsively. You may try many different methods to find a solution to end compulsive overeating, and some of these may fail. I know that I personally tried hundreds of methods and I wouldn’t call any of them failures. Each taught me something new, expanded my self awareness and made me even more dedicated to finding complete recovery.
Here are some questions to get you started on practicing self acceptance, especially as it relates to compulsive eating disorder:
Write out your answer – you can keep it short, but it is a powerful way to challenge your thoughts about recovery and to grow in self acceptance.
If I give myself permission to feel my emotions
When I reject my emotions
If I was 5% more realistic about my compulsive eating recovery
If I was 5% more optimistic about my compulsive eating disorder recovery
If I appreciate my wins with compulsive eating recovery 5% more
If I accept failure
My biggest fear is that
Is that fear real?
I hope that?
I can see myself…
Writing a gratitude list is also extremely helpful in practicing self acceptance.
Think about 10 things right now that you are grateful for. They can be related to your recovery, your body or your life in general.
P.S Any form of writing or journaling is a great recovery tool. Try it! You can write freely – whatever comes to your mind. I know it helped me a great deal to get to the truth of my eating disorder.
P.P.S If there are any questions that you would like answered, please post them either on my Facebook Wall or the Eating Disorder Questions Page.
To Your Recovery and Freedom,
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