Lifestyle Changes To Treat Overeating Disorder

Want to take control of your overeating disorder? Throw out your plan of hunting down the latest diet trend and buckle down to make some lifestyle changes to get you to where you want to be!

At Beacon we talk ourselves blue in the face about diets not working, about a lifestyle change instead of a diet mentality, about the harmful and unsuccessful outcomes of the diet rollercoaster.  But what does that really mean?  
Cue the New York Times, who published this boss article that clears this dilemma up a bit for us. The article talks all about resiliency and what makes someone more or less able to adjust, bounce back and thrive.  
Resilient people: 
  • Practice optimism
  • Reframe their story and find silver linings
  • Don’t personalize or catastrophize situations
  • Can put things into perspective
  • Practice being of service to others
  • Practice self-care
  • Stretch outside of their comfort zone
The difference between being on a diet and making a lifestyle change is this simple shift – a diet has an end point and allows for you to power through to the end. And inevitably, your old habits creep back in. It requires minimal resiliency and lots of will power.
The road of recovery from overeating disorder is twisty and turny – it requires agility, flexibility and, wouldn’t you know it, resiliency   As this article teaches us, lifestyle changes are paradigm switches require a shifting of your thoughts and beliefs.  Not easy, but better – it allows for sustainability and relief from the demoralization and shame that is the key note of your diet’s end.  Diets sound easier, and yet recovery and lifestyle change is where allllllll your freedom from overeating disorder lies.  
Where’s your silver lining? The coolest thing about these beautifully researched resiliency traits are that these skills can be practiced, or as we say at Beacon, they are problems to be solved.  
Seems we need a shift in thinking, right? Good news: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.  What can you do today to make yourself a more resilient person and strengthen your beautiful recovery?  Can you start a gratitude list? Can you begin a nighttime self-care routine?  Can you correct yourself when you start to catastrophize? Can you do something this week that makes you scared?  Can you take a deep breath when it all feels super overwhelming?  Something is always better than nothing, and something always leads to a little more something.  Let’s get our resiliency party started!