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How to help deal with the new requirement for calories on menus

The new requirement for restaurants and cafes to display calories on menus will no doubt challenge people with eating disorders – myself included, as I have personally suffered with anorexia. Here are some things to remember, which might help if you’re struggling with this.

Firstly, calories aren’t the enemy. Calories are simply units of energy, which everyone needs in order for your body to carry out its basic functions. You wouldn’t tell your younger self that you couldn’t have that cookie because it had ‘too many’ calories in it, would you? You wouldn’t make your younger self have that plain salad instead of pizza would you? So why would you now? You are still as deserving as your younger self to have full food freedom and have permission to live your life to the fullest, without a number on a flimsy menu telling you otherwise.

Secondly, for someone with an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, it may be hard to have foods that you’re scared you may not like, and it be a ‘waste of calories’. But calories aren’t a currency you spend, they’re something everyone needs to live! When you’re older, looking back on your life, don’t you want to say you made the most of it, and enjoyed it to the fullest? Don’t let a number control you. Calories aren’t money and you don’t need to ‘save’ them up, or decide what to get with them. You control food. Don’t let food control you. Because a life of food freedom, will always be better than a life listening to an eating disorder.

Lastly, calories aren’t an exact science. They’re simply an indicator of how much energy a food contains. Your body doesn’t care if it’s had X more calories than usual; it only cares that it’s getting enough fuel.

#BodyPositivity #EatingDisorderRecovery #anorexiarecovery #Selfacceptance #eatingdisorderawareness #tipsandtricks

One thing I can promise you is that once you push through the hardest parts of recovery, you will not regret it. I can't promise that things will be perfect, or that recovery will be easy. But I promise that you will find yourself again and things will be so much better than they are.

So, don’t let this new law knock you back. Get that pudding. Eat what younger you would really want. You wouldn’t tell your friends they couldn’t have something, so why would you tell yourself that? Don’t let a number on a menu get in the way of you enjoying yourself and creating memories. You’ve got this!

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If there's anything to learn from Frozen...


I'm finding it difficult to stop obsessing over the past and future, but grounding techniques tend to help with that. #DBT

Name three things around you from each of the 5 senses. Sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. That's a trick that helps me to come down from a flashback, panic attacks, and helps ease my dissociation.

Hope it can help you guys too!

#PTSD #EatingDisorders #grounding #Depression #Anxiety #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #Survivor #Disability #Addiction #CPTSD #tipsandtricks #AnorexiaNervosa #BulimiaNervosa #Selfharm


How do I go about finding a new therapist? #Therapy #Therapist #psychologist #Advice #tipsandtricks

Anyone have any advice, tips and tricks or whatnot for finding a new therapist or psychologist? It’s so overwhelming! I’ve never had to find someone before as I just went with that was free and offered by my school but it’s just not cutting it anymore.
Long story short, it isn’t working out with the student I get to see for free and I can’t go back to my old psychologist (the student’s supervisor) because my uni stoped covering it, I’ve had all my insurance will cover, and I don’t want to pay out of pocket for her since even though I loved her it wasn’t the greatest fit and I know there’s better out there. I’ve started looking up therapists and psychologists in my city but it’s so overwhelming, I don’t know where to start.
Thank you!

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Rolling Veins?

It took nine tries to get my IV to anchor into a vein yesterday when I made a trip to the ER. Eight of the nine resulted in blown veins, so I have some rough looking bruises across both of my arms and hands again.

I've been told I have "rolling veins," which is when a patient has veins that roll or slide aside when the pressure of the needle coming through the skin moves them. I feel bad, like I am annoying or wasting the time of my nurse, and give them a heads up when I see the tray of needles coming my way. Experienced nurses don't seem to hesitate, but I've had newbies thank me for letting them know so they can prepare or get their charge nurse. I tell them I've had so many shots and exams by now, I don't mind being used to learn off of.

I asked if there was anything I could do to help them, to make it easier, aside from recalling if one side or the other seems more common to work out than the other.

🥤 Stay Hydrated. Increased water intake helps to dilate your veins.
💆‍♀️ Relax. Tense muscles will constrict your veins further.
🧣 Keep Warm. Your blood flows better when its warm, not chilled.
🍎 Gravity. Let your arm hang down at your side or off the edge of the gurney, and your blood will flow into it better than it can flow back up and out.
🤜 Make a Fist. Flexing your fingers in and out of a fist will help to increase nearby flow and raise your veins towards the surface.

I hope this helps someone else out there. I know I have the most trouble with staying hydrated enough. I've got an awesome, measured cup saved to buy on my Amazon health wishlist to help me in the future.

#ivfluids #rollingveins #shots #tipsandtricks