Diabetes and Eating Disorders (Continued)
Overcoming an Eating Disorder
If you are currently struggling with an eating disorder, then I want to praise you for reading this article. Being able to be honest with yourself and admit that you are having difficulties with eating is an important first step in the journey of recovery. I encourage you to gain support from someone else, by telling a family member, trusted friend, or health professional. Struggling alone is hard and one of the most important steps forward (although sometimes also the hardest) is to admit how you feel to someone else. If you do not feel ready to do that yet, then you can gain support by contacting one of the organizations that specialize in helping people with eating issues:
There is also a ten-step process, shown below, which you can work through at your own pace in my book - Diabetes and Wellbeing.
10 Steps to Overcoming Your Eating Disorder
1. Get ready to change
2. Keep a diary
3. Develop an insulin/food plan
4. Reduce binge eating
5. Reduce vomiting/laxative use
6. Examine your thinking
8. Expect challenges
9. Increase self-esteem
10. Speak up
Hopefully, by reading about the process of change, you will be encouraged to consider the next step you could take. Remember, many people struggle with eating disorders and many people go on to make a full recovery.
National Eating Disorders Association: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
Diabetes and Wellbeing, published by Wiley-Blackwell: http://www.amazon.com/Diabetes-Wellbeing-Psychological-Emotional-Challenges/dp/111996718X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391023900&sr=8-1&keywords=diabetes+wellbeing
Diabetics With Eating Disorders: www.dwed.org.uk
Dr. Jen Nash is a clinical psychologist who has lived with diabetes for more than 20 years. She runs www.PositiveDiabetes.com, an education, therapy and coaching service that supports people with type 1 and 2 to manage the emotional and psychological impact of day to day life with diabetes.
NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.
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