What is something you have a hard time reframing?
Giving your brain new language to use when interacting with food and your body is a part of the recovery process for those with disordered eating. Adding in some go-to phrases for your brain, you know, new ways of thinking, that help you interact with food and your body in a more healthful way can be very wise.
An example with food could be, you used to say “ice cream is bad,” but through recovery you educate yourself and can now say, “ice cream is carbs and fat. Those are two essential macronutrients for my body.”
Or, “I have to calorie count so I don’t lose control over my body size” goes to, “calorie counting is an external activity that prevents me from learning how to self regulate my food intake. Calorie counting keeps me from using internal cues of hunger, fullness and self-satisfaction, which are better guides to my eating.” Or, more succinctly, “I don’t have to be afraid of feeding my body.”
When it comes to body size, an example may be, “I feel bloated, therefore I did something wrong with food.” The reframe would be, “regardless of movement level or food eaten, bloating is a normal side effect of being human.”
Another may be, “I can’t trust my cravings” becomes “cravings are like itches. I scratch them and they go away.”
An unhealthy thought around exercise may be, “moving my body everyday is healthy,” is reframed to, “taking care of my body everyday is healthy, sometimes that means movement, sometimes that means rest.”
Comment below with food judgements or negative body thoughts you have that you have a hard time reframing. Another reader and/or me can jump in and reframe to help you gain some new language so you can more healthfully interact with food or your body. This will allow you, with effort, to change automatic negative thoughts into more flexible and helpful thoughts.