Anorexia – Relapse and Prevention: Skipping Meals

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Relapse Symptom: Skipping meals:
When I start realising I have reached the end of the day and that I have missed breakfast, and maybe dinner but did that piece of cake count for dinner maybe? No. No it didn’t, and no it never will. This is a definitive sign that I’m relapsing and in need of some inner reflection because this behaviour is a one way rumbled path to no-where positive.

How I Stay Well:
Missing meals is a very real trigger for me, which is why I place so much importance on eating regularly. This prevents thoughts about challenging myself to go as long as possible without food, as well as helping me to avoid binges. Although bingeing means definitely eating, it can trigger a binge-starvation cycle in response to the binge. This never leads to anything good, and always catapults me into the bulimia mindset if I am not cautious and careful. Therefore, if and when I catch myself falling into old patterns I hit up the typical bulimia/binge eating recovery plan of 3 meals and 3 snacks. I don’t feel guilty about eating this way because this is how I recovered from my bulimia in the first instance. 

With this relapse symptom it is about going back to the recovery drawing board, and reinstating what worked then, because a lot of it can work again.

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Other Signs and Symptoms:
Introduction to Anorexia – Relapse and Prevention and Counting Calories.

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3 thoughts on “Anorexia – Relapse and Prevention: Skipping Meals

  1. As someone recovering from Anorexia, this is something I recognise in myself. I’m currently battling with the binge/starvation cycle to the point where I feel guilty for eating regular meals because of ‘that binge’ the previous evening.

    My Mum came home from work a couple of day ago and the first thing she said to me was that I looked peaky, had I eaten lunch. The answer was no, but of course I lied. An ED also makes us quite devious, don’t you think?

    I think you’re right, it’s important to be aware of the relapse signs. I’m a healthy weight now, so no one is going to step in and do it for me. We need our own insight into the warning signs and ED behaviours that never leave us.

    You sound like you’re well and truly in the driving seat so kudos for that.

    Best wishes x

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