Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
I really admire that you have chosen to face your challenges rather than hide away. It is very courageous that you have persisted with therapy and continue seeing a dietician in order to resolve your destructive relationship with food. Even though you love your children unconditionally, it is very understandable that their handicaps have posed many challenges at so many levels. Yet you have faced those challenges and moved forward. It is now time for you to look to yourself and try to engage in an unconditionally loving and nurturing relationship with yourself. Instead of focussing on trying to lose weight, try and place the emphasis on establishing and maintaining a moderated, balance and healthy relationship with food. If you can do that, your emotions might not get diluted by food, but have the opportunity to find more appropriate expression in healthy intimate friendships. Try starting a daily journal to acknowledge your feelings, and perhaps make a connection between your emotional feelings and your eating habits. Your therapist and dietician might need to collaborate in assisting you here. My patients always find it helpful to learn that it is easier to focus on establishing a healthy relationship with food, rather than focussing on trying to lose weight. If you eat healthily and maintain a creative and fulfilling lifestyle, losing weight (if it’s appropriate for your body to do so) will be an automatic by-product/side-effect. Does that make sense? Please persist with your professional help, and talk to your therapist about some helpful groups that might be available in your area as an adjunct source of support. Your therapist can email me for guidance if you wish, but let me know what area you live in.
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