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The Big Picture


I am not going to lie to you…recovering from an eating disorder is difficult.  It can be an exhausting process that is physically and emotionally uncomfortable…especially at the beginning.

Recovering from an eating disorder often includes getting used to a new recovery body and coping with painful emotions that the eating disorder has been covering up.

So why go through all of the trouble?

This is why it is so important to focus on the big picture- the reasons why you want recovery.

The large majority of clients I have seen want so much more for their lives than an eating disorder.  Most people have strong desires and goals that cannot be achieved with their eating disorder.

What do you want for your life? Why are you seeking recovery? Do you want a healthy family? A healthy relationship? To graduate from school?  A career you are passionate about? Improved health? Improved relationships? Improved mood and peaceful state of mind?

I highly encourage you to create a vivid picture in your mind of what you want for your life- the picture you can keep going back to when you really want to go back to eating disorder behaviors.

Vision boards can make your goals even more vivid and are very helpful in setting goals. I encourage you all to create a collage of images that depict what you want in your life- all of the reasons why you want to be free from your eating disorder.

Remember, recovery is possible and you can have the life you dream of and deserve.

Recovery can be difficult, but it is so worth it!

–Ashley Azin, MA, MS, LMFT, Program Therapist, Eating Disorder Center of San Diego

*This article is intended for those suffering from eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, in the greater San Diego area, seeking affordable treatment and services

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