Posted by Elisa Oras / in Blog, Intuitive Eating, Video

6 Useful Tips For INTUITIVE EATING // How to, What Works, What Doesn’t…

In this video, I want to give you 6 useful tips for intuitive eating. What is the mindset of someone who is eating intuitively, who honors and listens to their body and is free from food rules and restrictions?

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is based on listening and trusting your body as a whole. It’s free from rules restriction and control. It’s free from diet mentality, free from shame and guilt around eating. You eat by listening to your body’s signals, hunger/fullness, cravings/satiation, emotions/feelings, you eat what you enjoy and also honor your body’s nutritional needs. Intuitive eating is not centered around weight loss or weight control but rather restoring your relationship between food and your body regardless of your size or weight. Its purpose is not perfectionism but about achieving physical and mental wellbeing regards to food and eating.

1. Stop the “good and bad food” mindset!

Intuitive eating is free from guilt and shame around food and does not see food as either “good or bad”. All food is equal and it does not reflect your morality or personality. You don’t eat based on food judgment but rather based on your body cues and needs.

2. Eat in the moment, do not think of the past or future.

Thinking what you ate the night before or what you will eat tomorrow or the next meal can be part of the diet mentality. We think about how “bad” we were yesterday by eating that extra slice of pie and now feel like we should eat less to compensate. Rather than fully enjoying the pizza we are eating right now we already think about how we should moderate our food tomorrow in order to “balance out” the pizza.

3. Eat what you really want!

Eating what you crave is part of honoring your body’s signals. Rather than trying to eat what you think you “should” try to ask yourself “if all food is available to me right now, then what do I really want to eat? What will make me full and satisfied the best in this moment?” and then go and eat whatever you want!

4. Enjoy your food!

If you eat what you really want then you also have a full permission to do it without shame and guilt and actually enjoy the food you eat! We are so used to gulping the delicious food down like it’s the last time we are ever gonna eat it. And in this process, we even forget to properly taste the food and enjoy its sensations – texture, aromas, all the different flavors and even the visual appearance. You are allowed to enjoy your food and feel good when eating.

5. Go through trial and error process, learn what works for you!

Becoming an intuitive eater is definitely a learning process. For every individual intuitive eating is a bit different – what they enjoy eating and what satisfies their hunger the best in the moment, what are their personal preferences around food and eating, how does the hunger and fullness signals feel in their body. Intuitive eating is not based on rules and restrictions, rather learning to listen to your body and then choosing what is best for you!

6. Let go of perfectionism in eating!

There is no such thing as “perfect eating”. Perfectionism in eating is part of the diet mentality. Intuitive eating is not the same every day. Sometimes you may overeat but this does not mean you have been “bad”. Or sometimes you undereat because of work stress but this does not mean you have gone back to restriction. Sometimes we need to be flexible with foods and this can mean we won’t get to eat the most satisfying meal but rather what is available. We do not live in perfectly organized lives or in the perfect world and therefore the eating also should not be expected to be perfect. Remember, it’s not another diet where you “fail” but it’s a way of eating that needs to be sustainable for the rest of your life. Perfectionism is not sustainable or even possible.

If you want to learn more about recovery you can take my FREE video course “6 Steps To Recover From An Eating Disorder” or read my step by step recovery book “BrainwashED: Diet-Induced Eating Disorders. How You Got Sucked In And How To Recover.”

Hope you found this video and information helpful!

Posted by Elisa Oras / in Blog, Inspiration, Video

Your Ideal Vision Of Full Recovery // Law of Attraction // Eating Disorder Recovery

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In this video, I want to teach you a way you can set your mindset to be aligned with full recovery. How you can bring recovery into your life using the law of attraction.

This is something I did even before I knew how to recover. One thing I love about the Law of Attraction is that you actually don’t have to know how exactly you will get what you want but if you just ask and align your vibration to what you want then the universe will find a way to lead you there.

I will give you some practical writing exercises you can do to write down what is your goal with full recovery. If you don’t know what is your goal you will just wander around aimlessly. So it’s very important to set your goal so you can make sure that what you are doing is aligned with your goal or if you have gone off course.

1. Write down your ideal version of full recovery. 

Write it in the PRESENT tense, as it would already be true. Write what you WANT, not what you don’t want. Write it in a way that makes you feel great and happy. Really get into the feeling of it because the most powerful way to attract something is to align the vibration to match what it is you want. Write as many details as you can.

Some questions to help:

  • How would your eating be like in full recovery?
  • What would you think about when you eat?
  • How is the relationship with food and your body?
  • What would a normal day look like for you in a full recovery?
  • What your days consists of? Where do you go and what do you do?
  • How do you feel being fully recovered?
  • Why is full recovery worth it now as you are recovered?

2. Write out who you want to be and what kind of relationship you want to have with yourself and your body. 

This is where you can design the beliefs and mindsets you want to have. Do not worry if you don’t have those things right now but write what you want and also in present tense, as if this is who you are already. For example “I love and accept myself just the way I am, I believe I’m worth happiness and good things in my life and I attract them every day”.

Some questions to help get the process started:

  • How do you feel about yourself? (your future self)
  • How do you speak to yourself?
  • What words best describe you?
  • How is your life different now?
  • What do you think when you get dressed?
  • What do you think about when you are around food?
  • What are you thinking when you see yourself in the mirror?
  • What do you make time for? 
  • How do you accept compliments?
  • How do you think and feel around other people?

Keep these things in mind…

If you did these writing exercises then great but there are a couple of more things I want to mention.

1) Align your vibration. You have to read what you wrote down each day. And do not just read it but put a feeling to it, feel the way you would feel as if this was already true. Asking what you want is not enough, you must create the same vibration in your body and mind as if it were already in your present.

2) Fully focus on it. You have to start living and breathing your goal and have a mindset of “I will do whatever it takes”. You must start to meditate on it, visualize it and talk about it constantly. In other words, you need to constantly focus on your Ideal Vision of Full Recovery. Because what you focus on daily is what you get. If your focus is on negativity and why you can’t recover then you simply won’t recover. What you focus on is what you are attracting.

3) Take action. You can’t just write down your goal and hope it all falls into your lap. No, you need to start taking constant action. Seek help for recovery, read and consistently follow the recovery road. The action you take on a daily basis is either getting you towards recovery or it’s getting you more towards another relapse. So you have to ask yourself “is what I am focusing and doing right now getting me closer to recovery or if it’s just leading me away from it?” And then follow the way that leads towards recovery. Any day you are following the eating disorder is just keeping you away from reaching your goal – the full recovery.

If you want to see more similar videos then I have done another video on my Youtube channel where I talk about how I used the Law of Attraction to get to full recovery. You can see the video here:

Hope this helps in your journey! Know that full recovery is possible and already waiting for you! All you need to do is aim for nothing less than full recovery, take consistent daily action, and keep going!

Posted by Elisa Oras / in Blog, Intuitive Eating, Video

Intuitive Eating During Holidays // 3 MINDSET Shifts You Need!

During the holiday’s many people are afraid of overeating and feel very guilty about food. But how to get to a point when you don’t feel guilty nor have a desire to binge eat? Ever. How to eat the delicious holiday food without shame or remorse, feeling full and satisfied following your normal hunger cues?

As many of you know I used to have bulimia and I was fighting binge eating for years. I tried different ways to fix my eating but nothing worked. But I discovered some key factors that started my recovery journey and ended all my problems with food. Now I am fully recovered, can eat when hungry stop when full and have no desire to binge eat. Not even during the holiday season.

In this video and article, I want to give you some of the key mindset shifts that worked for me, how to get rid of the constant need to overeat or binge eat and how I made peace with food.

1. Ditch the diet mentality

Diet mentality is one of the biggest reasons we have problems with constant overeating and binge eating. Diets do not work! And even the diet mentality does not work and will keep us binge-prone and miserable because the diet mentality underlying message is restriction and deprivation.

For example, you allow yourself to eat the delicious holiday food, all the amounts and specific foods you desire…BUT you know it will only last until the holiday season is over because from the 1st of January you gonna be “good again” and start another diet and exercise program to “burn off all the calories”. This kind of thinking, however, creates the “last supper eating”-mindset. When you binge today (feeling shame and guilt) because you know from “tomorrow” another diet will start. Welcome to the neverending binge-restrict cycle!

Watch the video about the “Diet Mindset” HERE.

2. Give yourself the unconditional permission to eat

When you ditch the diet mentality then the next step is to practice giving yourself an unconditional permission to eat. To allow yourself food not only physically but mentally as well. And most importantly, without guilt shame, no “shoulds” or “musts, with no “good and bad foods” mindset. Without the perfectionism mindset or choosing foods based on lower calorie amounts or what is “healthier” substitute. You have full permission to eat whatever, whenever and however much you want. For the rest. of. your. life!

If you approach the holiday eating with this mindset then you heal any guilt you have during eating. No more stepping into the cycle of “binge today and restrict tomorrow” and the relationship you have with food will heal.

Watch the video about giving yourself the “Unconditional Permission To Eat” HERE.

3. Enjoy the holiday season but food is not the most important part of it!

Food is a necessary part of our lives. We can eat it with full freedom, to enjoy it and celebrate it. But food should not be the most important focus in our lives. Food is just food. It’s not part of your personality or a moral issue. Especially during the holidays, we should shift our focus towards things that really matter – your family, important relationships, loving conversations and feeling grateful. Food is not worth obsessing over, fighting over (in your mind) or to be made the central focus of our lives. The more you ditch the diet mentality and give yourself the unconditional permission to eat during the holidays the more you are actually able to focus on the truly important things in your life. The stuff that really matters!

But of course we all are on our own journeys and healing from diets and eating disorders takes time and consistency. It won’t happen overnight. So if you are still on your road towards intuitive eating and need some extra guidance or just motivation I really recommend you to check out my book or take my free video course. To know the step by step method to full recovery and intuitive eating.

Hope you like the video and the tips! Wish you happy (and guilt and deprivation-free) holidays!

Posted by Elisa Oras / in Blog, Mental, Video

6 Signs You Are RELAPSING in Eating Disorder Recovery

Relapses are hard. They’re scary, and they’re difficult, and you may feel recovery isn’t working. Relapses can make you lose all hope of ever getting better. I had many relapses in recovery, but it was all a part of the learning process! Just remember that nothing is broken! You have to get up and keep going!

Everybody has experienced some sort of relapse in recovery. You’re not alone, and you’re not a failure. You’re a human being just like the rest of us!

The most important thing is to learn from your relapse. What were the warning signs? What triggered you? How can you avoid it next time? If you learn from it, you can brush off the dust and continue along your road to recovery.

So in this video, I will discuss some warning signs that will indicate you are heading towards a relapse. What to look out for and avoid.

1. Restriction of any kind

Sometimes people still do not comprehend fully that restriction will NEVER lead to recovery. If you want a full recovery restriction cannot, ever, be an option for you.

Maybe you are freaked out by the extreme hunger or just the fact that you hunger does not seem fully normal yet and you start to come up with all those reasons why your recovery is different and why you need to “eat intuitively” aka “not more than your eating disorder feels comfortable with”. You only allow yourself to eat until full and do not respond to the extreme hunger or mental hunger because that would be “bingeing” and “wrong” and will only result in “unnecessary” weight gain. This is not healthy and it’s another eating disorder way to make you restrict. You are not following the body but are following your fears about eating and weight gain.

I have to stress that intuitive eating comes after recovery, and you do not have to force it to happen. If you do, it might just be another form of restriction because the recovery symptoms like extreme hunger, bloating, water retention, and digestive issues are just freaking you out.

Another example is that you may feel “ready” – way too soon in your recovery – to start exercising again. You convince yourself that from now on you’re just being “healthy” or you “looove to run” or it’s your “me time.” In some cases, it might be true, but if you find yourself being more and more religious about it, and you feel guilty if you miss a day (or a month or a year) of exercise, it is very likely (and probable) that you’re not doing it for pure fun and enjoyment but because you think you “have to.” In your head, the weight gain in recovery is “unnecessary.”

Or you may start to exercise again despite still having many symptoms of starvation: no menstruation, still feeling cold all the time, gaining weight easily when you eat until fullness, bloating, retaining water, constipation. These are clear signs that you should continue to avoid all exercise and eat, rest, repeat.

2. You start to collect “thinspiration” pictures on your Pinterest account.

This one is just as an example, but I hope you know what I mean in general. If in any way you start to engage in (or you never actually stopped) looking for images, videos of perfect bodies, or health gurus who are skinny, you’re engaging in the eating disorder. You are still doing the things that keep your eating disorder alive. You follow fitness accounts on Instagram or other social media platforms, you look for diet advice to be “lean and healthy,” – blah blah blah. Stop it, you are heading towards a relapse!

3. Focusing on weight loss

I know that water retention and bloating are both very uncomfortable. Gaining ten pounds in a day is a bitch, and you want to make it pass, but you have to let it go and just wait it out! It will even out as long as you do not relapse.

With weight gain – bloating, water retention, indigestion, or real weight gain – most people hope they will be the exception. “Maybe I’ll be different! Maybe I am the unicorn, and I won’t gain weight. Or if I do, it’s not because of healing but because something is very wrong – and I have to eat less!”

But I’m 101% sure you are not different, and weight gain of some sort (yes, even when already weight restored or even overweight) will happen to you in recovery. Why am I so sure? Because it happens simply because you finally stopped all restrictive behaviors. You start eating enough, and your metabolism is still slow, so you will have bloating, water retention, more food in your system, and slower digestion – and all of these factors contribute to weight gain in recovery. But for the most part, it’s not “real” weight gain. Yes, you will gain some real weight like fat, muscle, and bone mass if your body needs it – and if it’s needed, it’s essential, and you can’t do anything about it! But if you choose to go through full recovery – eat enough and stop exercising, purging, and participating in any other restrictive behaviors – your metabolism will go back to normal, and you’ll restore your body’s normal functions. It’s the best thing you can do for your weight!

4. Too much worry about healthy eating

Eating healthy overall is great, and everybody should learn about nutrition basics like eating more whole foods. Concern about our health is normal, and we should definitely pay attention to it, but I’m talking about the extremes here – the type of healthy eating that makes you miserable and unhealthy instead of making you happy and healthy. The kind of eating that puts you in a very tight restrictive box and gives you an eating disorder.

So many of the people who write to me also come from a past of clean eating and orthorexia like tendencies. If they feel their health is not “optimal,” they automatically start to blame their “unhealthy” diet and beat themselves up about the pizza they had a few days ago because that must be the cause of all their crappy symptoms, not the fact that they are recovering from an eating disorder. So this triggers them to “eat clean” from that point on. They might slowly exclude some things from their diet, and little by little, they fall back into the obsession. They see other “health conscious” people posting triggering food photos on Instagram #glutenfreeforlife and automatically feel guilty about what they’re eating. Intuitive eating is quickly forgotten, and instead, it’s hello rules, food fears, and obsessions!

The way I got myself out of this behavior in recovery was to always remind myself that I wanted to keep eating all the foods I genuinely like, and I wanted to continue being an intuitive eater because it was important for my mental health, not just my physical body. Our mind and body are interconnected. They work together. I knew that restricting the “unhealthy” foods actually made me crave them even more in the long run. Restriction made me binge-prone and obsessed. It’s only when I allow all kinds of foods in my diet, with no restriction, that I don’t crave them so often or in as large amounts. I saw that for my physical health, it was wiser to eat them every now and again than to restrict them completely and then have binge episodes, cravings, food-related stress, and obsession.

5. Former triggering eating disorder behaviors

Any diet behavior will trigger you to relapse and can be a sign that you are already relapsing. Weighing and measuring yourself, body-checking, Paleo/low-fat/gluten-free diet recipe searching or following –all of these previous eating disorder behaviors are signs of relapse or impending relapse. Communicating with other eating disordered people who are not recovering can be a trigger for you as can calorie counting to make sure you do not eat “too much” or eating from blue dishes with chopsticks. You know your former disordered behaviors better than anybody so make sure you get them out of your life for good!

6. Trying to be perfect in recovery

It’s important to realize that recovery is not another diet where you fail. Even though I listed here all possible triggers for your eating disorder, I want to tell you that it’s not possible to be one hundred percent perfect in recovery. Erasing all your triggers and going to full recovery with absolutely no setbacks? Maybe it happens in recovery fairyland, but that’s not real life. Recovery is a journey, and all mistakes are learning experiences.

Nobody expects you to be perfect. Be realistic instead! Expecting to be perfect is another sure way to trigger relapse because if something goes wrong (and it will!), you might just give up altogether because you’ll automatically think it isn’t working. It’s the mindset of “Oh well… I screwed up today so I might as well binge and purge for the rest of the night and start tomorrow…”. If you have this mindset in recovery you will already set yourself up for a failure.

If you climb a mountain and fall a few steps back because there were some loose rocks you didn’t expect, it doesn’t mean you have to go all the way back down and start again from ground zero…or you should start intentionally loosening even more rocks because you can start climbing again from “tomorrow” (makes no sense!). Taking a few steps back does not mean you have to start from the beginning… or that you have to make it even worse by quitting recovery today by going into a full-blown ED-mode because you can start “fresh” from tomorrow…(insanity!) Instead, celebrate the road you have traveled thus far in your recovery, and just continue going!

If you want to learn more about recovery you can take my FREE video course “6 Steps To Recover From An Eating Disorder” or read my step by step recovery book “BrainwashED: Diet-Induced Eating Disorders. How You Got Sucked In And How To Recover.”

Hope you found this video and information helpful!

Posted by Elisa Oras / in Blog, Inspiration, Mental, Video

How to Deal With Negative Comments & Judgemental People in Eating Disorder Recovery (10 tips!)

One of the very common questions I get is how to deal with negative comments and judgemental people in eating disorder recovery? “I feel everyone is judging me because of my weight gain…“, “I bet they wonder why I eat so much when before I was this athletic healthy fit girl…”, “They must think I am fat and have let myself go…”, “Someone asked me if I’m pregnant”, “She was so surprised of my weight gain and told me to ‘not go too far with this’…” UGHHH!!! These are just a view examples.

Dealing with triggering people and triggering comments in recovery is hard and can make many people relapse back to restriction. Today’s culture is soaked with diet messages and everybody seems to have this diet mindset so no wonder we get so frustrated when nobody seems to understand we are just trying to get out of this brainwash! To get truly healthy again, for our physical and mental wellbeing.

To help you deal with this I want to give you my 10 thoughts on this subject. What is a more helpful way to look at it. To keep going despite all the judgemental comments, triggering people and the diet messages all around us.

1. We all want to feel accepted

We all want to feel a sense of connection and belonging, being understood by others and to feel validated. It’s a basic human need and it’s healthy. But it can become very unhealthy when we rather choose to follow an unhealthy behavior just to get that validation and approval from others but, at the same time, putting our own true needs aside. With eating disorder recovery we must keep on recovering despite the fact that many people won’t understand us or even accept our change. We need to recover because of our own health and well-being, not for others. People who really love you will stay by your side no matter what.

2. Most people have no idea what recovery is like

Most people have no idea what eating disorders really are, how recovering from it looks like or what it takes. Even close family members or friends who maybe know that you are recovering still might be clueless what you are actually going through. Talking about it and letting them know will help but if they make triggering comments then just know that they likely have no idea what you are going through, or exactly what to say or not to say. Try to put yourself in their shoes to understand where they are coming from. They might mean well but just don’t know what is the best way to express it. So if someone says a triggering comment you can’t take it like it’s from a person who knows what is right for you. It’s very likely they actually have no idea about recovery and the reality of it. So you must stay true to what you know is best for you.

3. People have skewed beliefs about food and weight

It’s unfortunate that so many people in today’s world have the diet mindset. The idea that weight gain is always something bad and weight loss means a person is getting “healthy”. Also, they might have the “good and bad” food mindset and comment on your food not because they know whats right for you, but just because their belief system is soaked with diet messages. Many people are brainwashed by diets and believe its messages whether consciously or unconsciously. It comes from their own messed up belief and the diet mindset. Even normal people who have never dieted themselves can still have diet mindset -skewed ideas about food, eating, and weight. They want to push their belief system on to you but you don’t have to take it. Just because someone is commenting on something does not mean they are right and you should listen. Most of it is just someone’s opinion. So don’t confuse facts with opinion.

4. Many people are brainwashed by diets

Many people are dieting themselves. It can be your co-workers, family members, your friends or even your partner. People who are dieting will be triggered by YOU if they see you are stepping away from diets. And they can make negative or triggering comments because they need to validate what THEY are doing to make themselves feel better about their own beliefs. We all want to be right so if someone is dieting and makes negative comments about you it’s THEIR problem, not yours. You don’t need to approve what they are doing by accepting the negative comment as the truth. Know that it’s their own diet brainwash. And one thing for sure in life is this: there are very few facts.

5. Nobody is thinking about you as much as you do

People are generally the most focused on their own lives. In reality, nobody is going around and thinking about you all day or the way you look or eat. The news flash is that you are not that important or special to anybody, most people are rather worried about their own lives! And even if someone comments or thinks about your weight or eating for a few seconds of their day is it really worth it to spend your WHOLE life in an eating disorder? Just to make sure those ignorant people can’t comment on what you do? It’s like you are living for THEM, not for yourself.

6. By needing everybody’s approval you give your power away

If you keep needing validation from others and needing to hear everybody’s positive comments about you, then you will forever keep on waiting! If you live for others approval and always try to please everybody then you will give away your power. You literally make your happiness dependant on other people and it’s a very unhealthy place to be. If someone’s comment can either make you or break you in a blink of an eye and decide if you gonna feel great or not that day you give your happiness to someone else. It’s a trap, a trap of lifelong unhappiness. But the key is to let go of that validation and focus on whats best for YOU! Focus on the people who truly love you and work on accepting yourself just as you are. Stop trying to get approval from everybody because it’s never gonna happen.

7. Accept yourself as you are

Even if someone is an evil person who wants to bring you down with their negative comments, just to make you feel bad, then why you want to please them by accepting their comments like it’s the truth? If someone wants to intentionally hurt you then you only feed that fire by trying to endlessly explain yourself, seek their approval and needing their validation. It’s best to get to a point when you realize that you don’t need to be liked or even approved by everybody. I’m sure you don’t like everybody on this planet so everybody does not have to like you as well! And that’s ok! If someone just doesn’t like you or support you then it’s totally ok and fine! Let go the need for being liked and approved by everybody. It’s not realistic. Instead, accept YOURSELF as you are, with all your “flaws” and “mistakes” and rather focus on being true to you! People who truly love you will support you.

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

8. Their negative comments about you are a reflection of themselves

If someone is making negative comments about your appearance or weight then it’s a reflection of their own messed up relationship towards their own body. They need to make negative comments about someone else just so they can feel better about themselves! Most judgemental people are also very judgemental of themselves. So instead of feeling hurt, feel compassion towards them because who knows what they have been through to become this bitter person who wastes their life thinking negatively about others. It’s a miserable life.

We all get old and nobody is immune to that. We might gain weight as we get older and experience increasing “imperfections” of our body: cellulite, wrinkles, age spots, injuries, health problems – welcome to the human body! If one can’t accept that then I feel sorry for them because they will forever live in self-hatred, feeling unworthy, not good enough, not accepting THEMSELVES. If their value system is based on weight and appearance then it’s very short-lasting. That’s a whole lot of misery for them! And if they waste their energy by focusing negativity on you, it’s THEIR WASTE of energy, they are poisoning their own body and brain with this toxic negativity. If anybody is making a negative comment about someone else then they might as well look in the mirror because this is the only person they are really hurting.

9. Have you ever thought that these are actually YOUR thoughts?

Sometimes we think that people spend all day judging us and secretly commenting on our weight and eating, but actually, have you ever thought that these are actually YOUR thoughts? You really don’t hear what they think about, so how can you know for sure? These are most likely your own fears about your own weight and eating. Just because you think this way DOES NOT mean everybody else must think about you the same way. And also, eating disorder will magnify your fears, eating disorder mind will notice any comment about weight or food and take it in the most negative way. It will take maybe otherwise well-meant comment and twist it into the biggest trigger in the world. Eating disorder likes to catastrophize every scenario, take it personally, become a victim so it can keep on feeding on that blame-game so you never take responsibility for your own thoughts and actions.

10. Put your true self out there and practice!

Many people in recovery are worried about being judged by others. Whether it’s about their weight or way of eating. We can talk about it endlessly and discuss how to change your mindset, but you never actually overcome it unless you start practicing it in your daily life and facing the uncomfortable situations – eating out with others, attending family gatherings, going to clothes shopping, going to the beach, meeting a friend you have not seen for a long time, changing your OWN MINDSET. Starting with yourself first, not waiting until other people will change and stop commenting or judging you. The world we have today is, unfortunately, full of diet messages and unhealthy beliefs about food, eating, and our body. But you don’t need to become a victim and focus on how it stops you from recovery but take the responsibility to your own hands and give yourself the approval, validation, and support you need in recovery first and foremost!

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Seuss

If you want to learn more about recovery you can take my FREE video course “6 Steps To Recover From An Eating Disorder” or read my step by step recovery book “BrainwashED: Diet-Induced Eating Disorders. How You Got Sucked In And How To Recover.”

Hope you found this video and information helpful!

Posted by Elisa Oras / in Blog, Inspiration, Video

How To RECOVER ON YOUR OWN ♥ 5 Tips! // Eating Disorder Recovery

I recovered from my bulimia and orthorexia on my own. I mostly used the support and knowledge for my recovery I found online. I went through it by myself, being there for myself and pushing myself through even the hardest days possible.

Many people wonder how can they recover on their own? Is recovering on your own even possible? If so, then how to do it, what helps and what doesn’t? What helped me to go through recovery on my own? Find out in this video!

1. Supportive mindset. You need to change your mindset and become your own coach, cheerleader, best friend and support system. Learn from every experience, turn negative thoughts into positive and always look for solutions in things rather than focus on negativity.

2. Develop this skill…You have to develop a skill of going through fear and keep on going. Recovery will bring up a lot of irrational fears, doubts, and anxiety. But you need to go through it in order to recover.

3. Recovery must be your #1 priority. You can’t recover only when you feel motivated or when you have a good day. You have to recover even on the hardest days possible. No matter your work commitments, your school or stuff that also require your attention you must commit and find time to focus on recovery. You will not get 100% results if you only give 50% effort.

4. Soak yourself in the recovery information. You have to literally soak yourself in recovery information daily. You have to read, research, and seek the information that will encourage you to keep on recovering. Recovery is scary and hard but having the knowledge about how recovery works can make it a lot easier to always keep going and not stopping until you are fully there!

5. Build a support system. Build a support system around you that will keep you accountable and on track. Whether it’s your family, friends, your partner, or even an online community – it can all help. Do not underestimate the value of a strong support system. Eating disorder thrives in secrecy and keeping it all to yourself, therefore it can be crucial to open up about your recovery, seek for support and accountability.

If you want to learn more about recovery you can take my FREE video course “6 Steps To Recover From An Eating Disorder” or read my step by step recovery book “BrainwashED: Diet-Induced Eating Disorders. How You Got Sucked In And How To Recover.”

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Am I OVEREATING? // Eating Disorder Recovery Q&A

When I was recovering from my eating disorder, particularly bulimia and orthorexia, I was so worried if I was overeating or if my big hunger in recovery was normal. After coming from years of binging my worry was definitely valid but I didn’t know actually how recovery works.

And this is what I regularly see with so many people who write to me. They are always worried about eating too much, overeating, eating emotionally, or even having a binge eating disorder. So I want to always reassure you that you are not crazy and what you go through is normal, but you just need to keep recovering and give it time to balance.

So in today’s video, I answer a question from a viewer – Am I overeating? She is wondering if she is eating too much in recovery or not. She begins by explaining her background with dieting, losing her period, and is worrying about eating too much food and eating too much sugar. See the video to find out my advice to her…

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