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Marching into Action

By: Megan Coral, MS, LMFT, Alumni Representative for The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey

Posted on March 04, 2019

We all probably have experienced that attempting to change eating disordered behaviors can be difficult - especially when the pattern of those behaviors feels automatic. I often hear from our patients how tough it is for them to face the previous foods, situations and feelings they had given up or avoided while in the throes of the eating disorder. Patients often reveal that the sheer number of changes they are faced with in the recovery process is so intimidating that they do not know where to start; the process feels like too much to handle. The Unified Treatment Model, the evidence-based protocol used at The Renfrew Center, teaches patients to approach what they have been avoiding so that they can move forward in treatment and in life.

Below is my call to March into Action and dare to Approach the Avoidance!

• Make lists of what you have been avoiding - food, emotions, body image, or situations.
• Select one thing you have been avoiding - break it down into small specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely steps.
• If you feel ready to take the first step, go for it. If you don't feel ready, make it smaller.
• If taking the smallest step worked out, breathe deeply and recognize the progress you made. If it did not work out, make it smaller and try again.
• Continue the pattern of progressing and recognizing your progress. Keep in mind that you may need to make numerous little steps before change happens and you are able to recognize and give yourself credit for it.

Good luck Marching into Action!

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