Some of the best advice comes from my clients. Below are two statements of wisdom that can help keep you on the path of recovery:
“You can’t control the uncontrollable.” Yup, it’s true. Some things are not under the human power to control. One of those is the basic shape and size of your body. Your body is uniquely yours designed by your genetics. Food intake and exercise do play a role in your body shape, however if you have hourglass curves and yearn for a boyish figure, prepare for disappointment. Remember a German Shepard can’t be a Greyhound, no matter how healthy the German Shepard eats.
“Following my meal plan is part of my beauty routine.” A meal plan can be as basic as 3 meals, 1-2 snacks or more detailed, such as an exchange plan. Everyone, even those without eating disorders, can benefit by a meal plan. Regular meals boost energy, speed metabolism and help prevent overeating. Having regular meals requires weekly planning ahead and shopping and daily preparation and cleaning. This can be tedious and time consuming. When the process breaks down, we tend to make poorer choices.
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.