Learning how to quit sugar and working towards eating disorder recovery is no piece of cake (excuse the pun).
Pardon the TMI, but this week I had to have a pretty nasty procedure on my gums and teeth. There’s sort of nothing worse. Ok, ok, there are tons of things worse, but mouth drama has a special icky place in my heart. The thing about mouth drama is that it messes with eating – the action of our recovery – and that can put even the most skilled of us into a bit of a tailspin. So this week, when I was sitting with one of the clinicians on Team Beacon, and she asked me how I felt about Thursday’s procedure, I burst into tears of fear and uncertainty.
And I know there are Buddies struggling with being on meds that are messing with their recoveries, who have injuries that can thwart recovery behaviors, or have other conditions that can flare up and make how to quit sugar quite challenging. What’s a Buddy supposed to do when a wrench – or in my case a dentist’s drill – comes in the way of recovery? That, as we say at Beacon, is a problem to be solved.
Here are the three skills I used for my “Mouth Drama”:
1. Connection follow through: When I broke down in hysterics to my amazing Beacon team member, she of course followed through with great offerings of support. Which reminded me of my amazing power circle, and that my power circle is only useful when I use it. Know what I mean? Unless I activate the Molly-Bat-Signal and let people know I am struggling, my power circle is simply a bunch of awesome people going about their awesome lives. In short: Let your Power Circle know you’re struggling and then let them help. #helpushelpyou
2. Plan Adjustment: Even though I’m a pretty skilled planner, having an oral surgeon tell a salad-a-day-crunch-loving gal like me to eat soft foods only for at least a week, takes the term “back to the drawing board” to a whole new level. When it comes to understanding how to quit sugar, planning is key. So are Dr. Praeger’s broccoli cakes and frozen cauliflower rice. #makinglemonadeoutoflemons
3. Self-care: Mouth Drama is very interfering and also very painful. Self-care can be super underrated in these moments. And as someone who has done mouth drama with and without self care, let me tell you, self-care is easier and better. Like: taking my surgery day off and relaxing at home, having all of my food ready for me at home, taking the next few days easy, going to bed early and giving myself what I needed in the moment. And though I don’t have the data on hand, I believe it’s speeding up my healing process.
With recovery, all things are possible… including gracefully getting through mouth drama.