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4 Steps to Freedom From Addictions and Eating Disorders

4 Steps to Freedom From Addictions and Eating Disorders

There are 4 Steps to Freedom From Addictions and Eating Disorders. For complete and lasting recovery you need:
  • New information on why you do what you do (Your brain can’t provide this or else you’d already be there – someone needs to present you with information that makes sense and that feels safe to explore.);
  • A reasonable timeline and plan for you to achieve your goals of self-care, balance, self-respect and life-enhancing coping strategies (You need a solid, skilled guide to help you create a reasonable time-line otherwise you’ll do what you’ve always done and set unrealistic goals that don’t consider balance and lasting change.);
  • New tools and the support to put them in to action effectively (We all need a mentor/guide to teach us what will work to create the change we seek. This guide must be knowledgeable and compassionate and teach us in a way that feels safe and supportive not punitive and judgemental.) ;
  • Gentle and loving reminders from a supportive presence in your life to help you to see more clearly when you’ve been unwittingly sucked back into old ways of thinking and behaving and why (friends and family can provide this for you as well as your support person/mentor for the journey).
The process of achieving any goal is simple and straightforward. And regardless of how long you’ve been telling yourself you’re going to change, once you put yourself in a situation where you can gain new tools that are simple and clear, and the support and education to use them effectively so you don’t waste your time and so you can create the change you seek asap, you have given yourself everything you need to achieve your goals.

Think about the past and the way you’ve tried to change your relationship with food and your weight and even your self-talk and self-esteem. If you didn’t have these 4 steps as a part of that process it is to be expected that your efforts didn’t pay off in a lasting way.

Make this time different. Don’t waste your time or money or effort. Let us support you to learn what you need to learn to change the things that are keeping you stuck binging, dieting, struggling with weight loss or body image or any other harmful coping strategy like alcoholism or isolation.

Reach out and let us help you step free for good.

Love Michelle

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Resist Resisting

I challenge you to recognize some of the things in your present life that you’re resisting letting go of or resisting accepting and see what happens if you just challenge yourself to say, “Well, this is what’s happening. It may scare me. It may not be what I expected or wanted. But I know things always unfold in a way that leads me to bigger and better things. Can I just relax and open myself to this experience as best I can?” If you can repeat this mantra when you catch yourself resisting change, you will find a sense of strength and peace, even in the face of a great challenge, that carries you through. We are human, we have feelings. That’s healthy and normal. It’s what we do with those feelings that makes the difference. Do we stuff them and tell ourselves we shouldn’t have them or that what’s happening in our lives shouldn’t be happening? Or do we recognize them for the indicators they are and look beneath them for the situation or story that is triggering them? The first scenario leads to the use of food to cope. The second scenario leads to freedom.

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