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QUASI RECOVERY || ARE YOU RECOVERED YET???

Quasi Recovery is a state where many of my clients are stuck. It's a place where one is not in a clinically high-risk state of their eating disorder, but are still engaging in unhealthy behaviors and have not fully nutritionally rehabilitated their body nor neurally rewired the ed brain. In this state many are not actively restricting or trying to lose weight, they may have even gained some weight, are more relaxed around food, and in general, are doing way better but don’t let this state allure you into thinking you can stop here and that this palace is “good enough”.

Quasi recovery is very dangerous as it gives the perception of health and healing to one who is still struggling. Now while I commend people to getting to the place of quasi recovery as that means there was a lot of hard work done to start healing one's relationship with food and body, I highly admonish them to continue forward on this recovery journey. My main reason is this

QUASI RECOVERY OFFERS NONE OF THE BENEFITS OF FULL RECOVERY AND THEREFORE IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE BACK INTO THE DISORDERED LIFE.

Please read that sentence over a couple of times.

Quasi recovery lends to a half-healed state of mind and body. In this state, the body can still be in a large energy debt which puts stress and strain on the health of one's organs, endocrine system, metabolism, and mental health. It is common in this state to see a continuation of amenorrhea, poor digestion, restless sleep, frequent urination, restricting and binging, and mental hunger, just to name a few. Basically, in quasi recovery, you are still suffering a lot but just not as much. Ya… this is not the place to stop.

The glorious food freedom, vitality, and health that you are craving come with FULL recovery.

How do you know you are fully recovered? Well, I like to tell my clients that they will for sure know when they hit this place of recovery and they don’t need a textbook definition of it. There's a huge mental and physical shift that occurs when you finally reach recovery that is pretty damn hard to miss. For those of you who need something to look forward to though here's a quick list of things you can expect from FULL recovery.

*A brain that's filled with things OTHER than food, exercise, and body: All the sudden you will find yourself diving into politics and replacing those “what I eat in a day” videos with podcasts on software engineering and history.

*Fast, efficient digestion: No more bloating, heaviness, or constipation. You will feel light and happy after eating a nourishing satiating meal.

*Regular menstrual cycle

*Stable mood and energy

*Deep sleep: no more tossing and turning and waking up in the middle of the night to pee.

*Enhanced creativity: your brainpower will be sharp and clear to think of new things.

*Flourishing relationships: it’s no secret that eating disorders affect the health of our closest relationships. Once recovered you can start connecting with people on a deeper level than ever before.

*Feeling Grounded: when you are well-nourished you feel stable and grounded. Anxiety, for many, becomes a thing of the past.

*Strength: true strength in both body and mind. When you are well feeding you can build muscle and maintain it making you physically stronger. You will also become stronger in your mind, feeling confident, and secure.

*Freedom to travel and pursue the things you want to do

To find out if you are still in quasi recovery take this quick 5 min self-assessment quiz.

 Hey Babe, 

wish I had a "big sister" during my ED Recovery-- Some one who has had many of the same thoughts, feelings,+ fears as I, Someone would would support me in what I needed to do next to achieve full recovery. 

Recovery is HARD + there are so many aspects of it that I was not prepared for which is why I now coach women through this process. If you are struggling then reach out, I'm here to help :)

 

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