Does This Sound Familiar?
“If I start eating foods that I like, I will overeat and gain weight”
“If I don’t weigh myself daily, my weight will get out of control”
“Once I reach my goal weight, I will be happy”
Do I Really Have Anorexia?
Anorexia is an eating disorder classified by people trying to maintain a significantly low weight by limiting their food intake or engaging in excessive exercise. People with anorexia usually have a fear of weight gain, and a distorted view of their condition.
You are likely experiencing obvious signs of anorexia such as having:
A rigid meal plan
An intensive exercise schedule
But you are also likely experiencing other, not so obvious symptoms too, such as:
Getting pleasure by cooking for others
Waiting to eat until everyone else is
Spending hours debating what you should order at the restaurant
Chewing gum to suppress your appetite
Over consuming water or coffee to curb your hunger
If this sounds like you, then food and your body size is likely constantly on your mind and is affecting every aspect of your life.
You are experiencing guilt if you eat certain foods, or are experiencing anxiety about selecting the lowest calorie option at a restaurant. You may feel like your entire day has been ruined if your food or exercise plans get disrupted.
This leads you to feel shame that you haven't lived up to your own standards.
The Racing Thoughts and Feelings of Disappointment are Difficult
People with anorexia often have a difficult time seeking help, perhaps because they’re afraid of changing their eating or because they think they can tackle it on their own.
Many people have successfully hidden their condition for a long time – sometimes even years.
The most important first step is to realize that you need help and want to get better.
Our highly skilled and experienced therapists play a vital role in the successful treatment of eating disorders. Therapy will help you to replace destructive thoughts and behaviours with more positive ones.
Don't Struggle On Your Own, Let's Beat This Together!
Because you are a high achiever, you have probably tried doing some of this work on your own.
It is ok to ask for help and admit that doing it all on your own isn’t working.
Please know that it isn’t your fault.
Trying to self heal isn’t working because simply changing your thoughts and behaviours is not enough.
To ensure lasting improvement, our therapists help you to explore psychological issues underlying the eating disorder. They also work with you on the practical tips and tricks for reframing your thoughts into more positive ones.
Transformation is Possible
If you’re ready to experience change, and ready to live a life without constantly overthinking food, then we're ready to help you on your path.
We know it can feel difficult to reach out. This is a major step towards the life you really want to be living and we're looking forward to helping you make it happen.