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Whilst exploring different styles of recovery, you may have come across ‘all in’ recovery. It may sound overwhelming to some, or as an ideal approach to others.
In this blog we will explain what ‘going all in’ recovery means, as well as its perks and some possible drawbacks. This way, we are hoping you will get more understanding of whether this would be an effective approach for your unique eating disorder recovery journey.
According to urban dictionary, an online glossary of slang words and phrases, going ‘all in’ means being totally committed to something. As you can understand, going ‘all in’ is not really a scientific term, but it can speak to the ears of many who have a strong momentum in the beginning of their treatment.
Being fully committed in recovery entails being devoted to challenging yourself, persist in saying ‘no’ to your eating disorder voice, and being willing to claim trust in yourself again.
You won’t necessarily need a meal plan, but rather allow yourself to eat all the food that your body is craving to meet your energy needs. Sometimes this may mean your intake needs to exceed your daily nutritional requirements, so you are able to restore your body weight.
Showing trust in the process by eating what you want, when you want it, and as much as you want, makes for a prosperous ground for healing your body and mind.
At the same time, going ‘all in’ encompasses giving up other eating disorder behaviours as well. This could include, among others, stopping any compulsive lower-level movement and exercise, counting calories or macronutrients, and obsessive body or food weighing.
We know this doesn’t sound easy, but this is about taking that leap of faith. Understanding that the weight gain will stop when the body is at its happy and thriving place. This WILL happen biologically as soon as the body realises it’s not in a famine state anymore. As a result, food will not feel scary, and your cravings and extreme hunger will dissipate.
Here at Embody Health London, we are your biggest cheerleaders and here to support as you choose the best path for you. We are firm believers that knowledge is power and it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons when making your decision.
By now, you may have figured out whether you’re interested in the ‘all in’ approach to recovery. It may sound like the perfect fit for you, or you may find it very scary. Eating disorder recovery is different for everyone, and you are allowed to do things at your own pace.
In the wise words Martin Luther King, ‘you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step’.
If you would like personalised one-to-one recovery coaching from one of our specialist dietitians, we are here to support you every step of the way. Book your free discovery call and let’s recover, together!
Team EHL xx
Written by specialist dietitian, Dimitra Theodoraki
Embody Health London champions food freedom, positive body image, mental health and emotional wellbeing through a uniquely blended scientific and holistic approach. The EHL team specialises in treating chronic dieting and eating disorders by coaching clients to build confidence and reduce anxiety around their eating habits and food choices.
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