Here is a link to an article by Andrew Flintoff who bravely acknowledges his struggle with an Eating Disorder and how important his wife was in helping him recover. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2745740/Andrew-Flintoff-wife-s-support-helped-battle-bulimia.html
It has been a while since I have written a post. Unfortunately, my Dad who is 81 slipped in bad weather and broke his ankle 6 weeks ago. He has suffered ever since and is still in respite care. So my routine has been interrupted to help take care of him and my Mum.
I have also attended the ANZAED conference in WA recently. I am encouraged by the large amount of research that is currently being undertaken in the field of EDs in this country and eagerly await the influence of findings into practice in the field. Spring to me marks the time of year that brings hope for growth and sunshine into the future. It is also a good time to take a step toward change, healing and personal growth.. Look to the sunshine. , notice the blossom and the blooms. Take care.. If you or someone you care about needs support to recovery from an Eating Disorder please know that recovery is possible and available to you, it wont be easy but it will be worth it.!
Here is the inspiration for folding 1000 Cranes .
This is from Anna.
To me, origami cranes symbolize so much more than a series of careful folds on pretty paper.
They were a lifeline which gave me hope, optimism and a sense of calmness as I recovered in hospital. Cranes came to embody strength, in that each fold directed my mind away from my illness. Each one gave me a sense of gratitude and thankfulness for the simple beauty of each individual figure. Most importantly the cranes the displayed something I was striving for; transformation. I was able to watch a flat, lifeless piece of paper as it steadily evolved into a beautiful creature. It gave me a quiet certainty that everything would be ok and gave me hope and fulfilment as I folded and created each crane. TRED has allowed me to share the healing therapy that cranes offered me in a very difficult time.
am so very grateful that others have also felt the power and hope of creating their own cranes for healing and recovery. The installation of 1000 cranes represents an ancient Japanese tradition, to which many people all over Tasmania have contributed. I am very humbled to share and be part of this project. To anybody struggling with an Eating disorder you are stronger than you realise. Have hope, stay focused and know that each crane is a symbol of support, encouragement and hope for the future.
With best wishes Anna
Over a 1000 cranes all made with the intention of spreading healing from destructive relationships with food and promoting an attitude that treats food and eating with the integrity it deserves. Celebrating what a healthy view of eating provides for our bodies , minds and spirits.
Here is a link to an interesting outline of what this freedom can be like
!4 Habits of People with a Healthy relationship to food
I am interested in what you think of this.
I believe externalising the eating disorder is a strategy for giving some understanding about the affect of the eating disorder and helps explain it however, I don't think it is a description of what it really is like. It is a strategy to help fight for health and recovery.
Watch this interview and see what you think.
The process of recovery will involve separating in some way from your eating disorder and the behaviours it demands. This separation, or maybe even the thought of "leaving" or giving up your eating disorder, will cause you anxiety. It is common to everyone who has an eating disorder and contemplates recovery. If it wasn't so, people would recover much more easily and quickly. Getting through the anxiety of separating from your eating disordered behaviours and emotions is necessary to be free of the torment of being unwell and stuck in your life. My suggestion is to find strategies that help you manage anxiety whilst you are strengthening your healthy self so that you are able to fully recover and leave the ED behind. It is hard to imagine life without your disorder if you are continually afraid that you will "lose control" . isn't it ironic that the fact is you have already lost control since the Eating Disorder is influencing your every thought and dictating behaviour? Get through the anxiety of separating and gain control once more. You can do it.
I often have mixed feelings on New Year's Eve. On the one hand I get excited about all the possibilities that a New Year brings and on the other I lament all the things that I thought I might achieve during the year that is closing and for some reason I didn't get to. Being in recovery can feel like New Years Eve but everyday. You are both hopeful and disappointed at the same time. That's okay .... the feeling will become less and less frequent and you will find yourself once again only feeling like this on New Year's Eve. Plus your health will be so much better.
Please look forward to your New Year, don't dwell on disappointments but on claiming your future. Take care and best wishes.
It is strange isn’t it that once a person becomes underweight and in the grip of anorexia, they don’t feel hungry. What is so strange is that in a sense it is true that you no longer ‘feel’ hungry but you are in fact starving!! How can this be? Well, I believe that hunger is the bodily sensation that protects us by reminding us that we need to re-fuel our bodies. That is, hunger is all those bodily senses that tells us “you need to eat” now or very soon. When you are anorexic and in a low body weight range, somehow it seems that these signals malfunction and you believe you aren’t hungry so you don’t need to eat. The dangerous and insidious aspect of this symptom of anorexia is that you can’t rely on this because your body is most likely in a state of starvation. How do you tell whether you are starving then, if you don’t feel hungry? Sounds tricky? Here are the signs and symptoms of being in a state of starvation;
1. Physically – Heart issues, your BP drops and you are more at risk
of heart beat irregularities.
Bones- bone strength is depleted sand you have a higher risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Intestinal function – The gut slows down and food
moves slowly along it and you may feel uncomfortable after eating small
amounts. Your sense of taste may be affected so you add more spices to give flavour.
Muscles – start to waste and you become
Skin and hair – your skin becomes drier and you
may start to lose hair form your scalp whilst downy hair starts to grow on your body, particularly your face.
Poor Sleep – you may become very wakeful
Body temperature- you are always cold.
– “since the brain requires a lot of energy and it is being starved, it becomes difficult to concentrate, decisions are harder to make and thoughts become focussed on food. For example, you might find that you are looking at recipes a lot more, even cooking for other people, and becoming less interested in other things.
– you might notice that you are becoming obsessive, and inflexible.
You might have become very rigid it what you will eat, where you will
eat, when you will eat and maybe even how you will eat. None of those behaviours are normal, healthy ways to be with food. They are signs of starvation. If you were living in a famine, you might have to ration food, You are behaving as though you are starving, because that is exactly the state your body is in.
you have mostly likely become withdrawn and less spontaneous so your life is becoming more and more routine and more and more focused inward. If you are in an intimate relationship you are more than likely losing sexual interest.
Now the good news is that you can restore your health, by understanding that you don’t have to be hungry to be starving, recognising that state of starvation your body and mind are in, and then seeking support to restore your health. DR Chris Fairburn of Oxford Centre for Research on Eating Disorders (CREDO) states that “Almost all the effects will go away if you regain weight to a low but healthy level.” Read that line again.
Do you believe full recovery from an Eating Disorder is possible? I do.
You may find it helpful if you are struggling and not sure if you can ever recover to listen to some of the podcasts posted on the Mentor Connect website. Click here to open the site. Let me know what you think.
At the risk of sounding a little controversial and maybe provocative ... may I suggest to anyone who is reluctant to fully embrace what is needed for recovery.... Your Body is Not an Experiment.!
It is the only one you have, it is yours to take care of, it holds your essence, or your soul. Don't be fooled in trying to push it to the limit to see how thin you can be, how many kilos you can lose, how few calories you can "survive' on, what is you "safe zone" .. You don't need to be concerned with this. You have nothing to prove !!! Trust your body as your partner through life, it is what allows you to experience this earthly existence. It holds your 5 senses. Protect it and nourish it, don't treat it as an experiment.
Founded TRED in July 2011 to give encouragement and hope to people in Tasmania who are seeking recovery from an Eating disorder.