Relapse Symptom: Making Diet Plans:
This is one way in which food and control issues cross paths. When I am becoming unwell I need to know what I’m going to eat, on what days, for which meals and snacks- and I definitely need to have these foods in otherwise my plans turn into consecutive cups of tea instead of food because I didn’t have access to what I’d planned. Who knows what they’re having for every meal next Sunday on Tuesday? No one. Yes, people make plans, but their whole world doesn’t collapse when their plans have to change.
How I Stay Well:
If I need to feel in control I will instead make a meal guide, so that I can organise my shopping but if I eat lasagne on Wednesday instead of Friday then that’s fine. It’s all cool, I had my nutrients for the day and that’s what counts. In regards to this behaviour, there is a fine line between healthy planning and eating disorder pathology. It can be difficult to spot at first.