What is a Meal?
An #eatingdisorder often gets in the way of our clients being able to put together complete and satisfying meals. We often see small portions, random foods thrown together, “snacks for meals”, or meals skipped altogether. There is no universal authority or mandate saying what needs to be present at a meal but when an eating disorder comes in, basic concepts like “what is a meal?” and “what is a snack?” need to be taught. We teach our clients how to get into a rhythm until their natural intuition can be reestablished and trusted, usually after the #eatingdisorder has fully receded.
So, what is a meal? We consider a meal to be:
* Many different food groups paired together.
* A full plate.
* That is both enough in volume.
* And also yummy.
When individuals follow these basic guidelines, they graze less, are more in tune with their appetite, and meet their body's needs. Plus, if working on #eatingdisorderecovery , they can work towards reducing binge eating, reducing compensatory behaviors, improving hormones, bone health, vital signs, energy, mood, mindset, and many others!
We recommend against diet foods, light foods, or wimpy, dinky looking plates (which confuse the metabolic recovery process)- you will just feel hungry later and then find yourself perseverating over FOOD. Ditch the diet foods, ditch the HALO top ice cream (don’t even get us started), and fill those plates with wholesome, regular foods - that you used to eat before the #eatingdisorder came into your life.