Struggling with eating disorder thoughts now that busy season has started and there’s SO much food around all the time. I’m so anxious. Does anyone have any advice?

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I’m struggling with an eating disorder as well and have been in therapy. My session tonight had me bawling because I feel like I’m at the end of my rope and it’s barely started. I’m still learning but a few takeaways (1) Practice self compassion. The kinder and more loving you can be toward yourself or at least practice, the more natural it will become. (2) Talk to yourself like you are talking to your inner child. Do you have a picture of you as a child? That little girl or little boy deserves all the love in the world. Tell him/her that you know she is feeling (xyz) and that you are there for him/her no matter what.

At the end of the day food is just a symptom of something deeper and we really need to start just practicing more love and compassion towards ourselves. You deserve it!

It’s a starting point and it doesn’t sound like much of a solution but it takes real practice and work. It will be worth it.

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Thanks for this

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PA needs to do better. Allow people the option to get healthier food. Maybe order a meal service during busy season? Bad food won’t help people focus and do quality work.

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Thank you SO much, Manager. This is exactly what I needed to read. I too am in therapy, but it’s so hard to keep up with during audit busy season

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Thanks Manager 1 for sharing this. I actually had these thoughts about self-compassion just the other day after I came out of counseling. Funny thing is that it's the other way around for me where I struggle with binge eating outside busy season I think because we have "more" time for ourselves. I find myself too busy during tax season to binge. I'm keeping my hopes up therapy counseling will help me get other this binging because I tried doing it on my own with no luck. Not to mention how expensive counseling is :-/

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I hear you both. I am a binge eater. I have been through the lost 50lbs gain 75, lose 80 gain 60 (so far this round). Therapy is not a quick fix, it takes lots of time and patience with yourself. I feel like the more trauma the longer it takes. And then of course there is the daily triggers that can re-traumatize you. I’ve been in therapy for 3 years but I know slowly it’s working and I believe wholeheartedly that if I put the work in, it will be worth it. Therapy is an investment in yourself and you are worth every penny. My therapist said to me last night: “what matters most is the psychological being - if you can take care of yourself mentally then everything else will follow"

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Manager 1. That's great to hear I'm not alone in this. I get very impatient with myself when I think about how I have not gotten over this bing eating problem after a year. I totally support self investing is definitely worth it. My therapist said something interesting the other day after I shared my background and struggles. She noticed I'm a people pleaser then said lots of binge eaters are actually people pleasers. Do you consider yourself a people pleaser?

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Eating disorders are a mental illness, meaning that they stem from a persons mentality about food, not necessarily how or what they eat. For me it started with being anxious around food, then obsessing about weight and calories, writing detailed meal plans, and avoiding going out with friends because I was scared of eating something that would give me anxiety. Finally, I started restricting my food and developed full blown anorexia. Try to catch yourself in the early stages of an eating disorder (ie. At any stage where you feel yourself thinking about food/weight/calories more than you’d like to) and don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional for help. Later down the line in therapy, I realized that the eating disorder was masking depression and other problems in my life. It took me a long time to figure this out, so don’t worry about why your doing what you’re doing yet, just take note of if food is interfering with you life and start by getting help sooner than later

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Hey guys, how do you know if you have an eating disorder? Is it always extreme (eating/not eating), or do you develop it over time (eating less than usual/more than usual)? Did you always realize it was an eating disorder? Did you think it was something (anxiety, depression, etc) else before realizing it was ED? Not sure if I have something I need to be worried about....

An eating disorder is an unhealthy relationship with food that has a negative affect on your physical and mental health. There isn’t one way to describe because it’s different for every person. I’ve been bulimic since i was sixteen. I still remember the first time and wonder if i didn’t do it then would i have this affliction today. It was one time and it was all downhill for me. I have recognized my issue but that doesn’t mean it’s gone. It just means i can spot triggers and fight the battle every day. It never goes away.

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