What steps do you need to take to overcome binge eating and bulimia?
How do you get from point A to point B?
Below is the HealED Habits Road Map.
It’s based on a process that we’ve developed over the period of 10 years of working with clients who struggle with eating issues.
This Road Map uses the power of habits to bring about lasting change.
The HealED Habits Road Map
Here is what you need to know.
When it comes to breaking free from problem eating, it’s not just about one thing. One tool or technique doesn’t cut the mustard. It’s not a one-size-fits-all. Because of that the HealED Habits system is modular. You’re free to choose the modules that are relevant to you. It presents a broad spectrum of strategies that strengthen each other.
You get to choose your own path here.
You get to do it your way.
- Everyone starts at the same place (Stage 1).
- Everyone has the same destination (Stage 3).
- But you can choose your own modules in-between. (Stage 2 modules)
Let’s explore each one of those stages further.
Everyone starts here.
This stage is all about your fundamental recovery skills. It undoes the damage that your eating disorder or dieting has done to your body.
A lot of problem eaters tend to be so chronically out of touch with their bodies that they’re unable to feel any subtle sensations.
They feel ravishing binge urges instead of subtle hunger signals.
They become so numb to any subtle emotions that it’s as though they’re walking in a fog.
If you’re one of those people, you need to go through a repair phase to help your body regain its balance.
This stage will help you to:
- Reduce your binge cravings.
- Introduce some stability into your daily life.
- Teach your body to respond to, process and be satisfied with normal food portions.
- Build a solid foundation for going through with the rest of the program.
In this stage, we focus on 4 core habits:
|Eat regularly||Learn to eat mindfully and begin to understand how food affects your body|
|Eat enough||Understand your hunger and get comfortable with it. This habit is designed to build the foundation for our final phase of Balanced Eating.|
|Balance your meals||Understand your hunger and get comfortable with it. This habit is designed to build the foundation for our final phase of Balanced Eating.|
|Stop purging||For sufferers of bulimia only.|
I recommend working on these habits in the above order.
It’s incredibly important to address the physical aspects of recovery first. Read our guide on how diets lead to eating disorders to get an understanding of why we approach it this way. To put it simply, this approach ensures that you get the most bang for your buck. You notice the results quicker and they’re much more impressive.
Make sure that you’ve covered all of these core habits before moving on with the program.
Some people experience a MASSIVE reduction in their binge urges after completing this phase!
After you’ve completed the Stage 1, you can move on to Stage 2 of the HealED Habits program.
In this stage, we address multiple aspects of recovery. This is where the program gets personal. You’re welcome to pick and choose the modules that are relevant to you.
Here are the modules in this phase:
Module: Peace with Food
For many of us, food is a battleground and hunger is the enemy. If your life revolves around strict diet rules, restriction and black-and-white thinking, this module will help you to make peace with food.
|Eat All Foods||Let go of strict food rules and limitations (they don’t work and they only lead to binge eating in the long run!)|
|Eat more real food||Use food to nourish your body and reduce cravings that are caused by malnutrition.|
Module: Body Awareness
Start to trust, understand and feel confident in your body.
|Eat with awareness||Learn to eat mindfully and begin to understand how food affects your body|
|Tune into hunger||Understand your hunger and get comfortable with it. This habit is designed to build the foundation for our final phase of Balanced Eating.|
These modules are a great place to get started. We will be adding more modules and habits in future.
We hope that you’re excited to go on this journey with us! We’ll stay with you every step of the way, providing you with tips, tools and strategies to help supercharge your journey towards real and lasting freedom from eating issues.