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Bulimia Recovery #16 - 3 Tips On How to Stop After Your Meal or Snack!
August 17, 2011
Hi,

3 Tips On How to Stop After Your Meal or Snack

Sometimes in recovery, it's hard to stop after you've had your planned meal or snack...

This is because years of dieting and bulimia have taught your subconscious mind that food is in short supply...

Tomorrows diet is always looming...

And if food does come, it will most likely be thrown up...

It’s understandable that it will take time for your subconscious to be convinced otherwise.

It will take time before your subconscious believes that food is available, and that it’s safe to stop eating once you've started.

Until this time comes, here are 3 tips to help you deal with the urge to keep eating...


Tip 1: Limit the availability of food after a set amount

As I mentioned before, during my recovery, I planned a bit of chocolate into my structured eating every single night...

But do you think this meant that I could keep a king sized block of dairy milk in my pantry?

No ways!

That would have been a recipe for disaster!

Having that temptation there all the time wouldn’t have been helpful.

In the early phases of your recovery, it’s wise to limit the availability of food after your planned amount...

 

Tip 2: Make a physical sign to your brain that shows you're finished eating

Once you've finished your planned meal or snack, make a physical sign to your brain that lets it know you're done...

This can be breathing and giving thanks...

Or, it can be something as simple as pushing your plate away from you.

These little gestures will act as reminders that you are working on recovery. They will help break the habit of 'going back for more'.

For example, every time you see your plate a little further away than usual, you will be reminded that you are walking the journey to a beautiful bulimia-free life.

 

Tip 3: As soon as you've finished your meal/snack – distract yourself

Once you've finished eating, don’t allow yourself time to linger in the kitchen!

Go for a walk.... Call a friend.... Jump onto the internet and have a read of your-bulimia-recovery.com - or - If you're a member of The Bulimia Recovery Program, hop online and get some support!

Do whatever you need to do to get up and get distracted :)


On Another note...

I'd like to share something special with you...

Just yesterday on The Bulimia Recovery Program, a wonderful soul from Germany (Karina) left a blog post that made me a little teary eyed... (Happy tears!)

It captures a beautiful step forward in her bulimia recovery journey - and I want to share it with you... I've taken a screen shot of her blog post (and it's comments) for you to read and to get inspired - To read Karina's blog post 'A Muffin That Brought Me To Tears' Please click here...


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Remember... You are the captain of your ship and the creator of your destiny...

Here's to bulimia recovery!

xox Shaye

P.S. One of The Bulimia Recovery Program community members said today 'How many times have we wanted something, deny ourselves it, wanted it more, DENIED again, let the obsession build Build BUILD until we EXPLODED onto the food--tastelessly and without reverence. We can love our food again. We can. We deserve it.' Keep this in mind as you go through your day...Try to plan foods that satisfy you into your meal plans... Then, use the 3 tips I shared above to stop eating after your meal or snack...

You have all the strength you need within you - dig deep and I promise you can find it!

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