This short article, written by the Ellyn Satter Institute, is a great guide to eating in a way that nourishes oneself instead of depriving oneself. This is a practice that can be learned. It may seem scary and impossible at first, but with practice, and possibly the help of an eating disorder therapist and/or dietitian for extra support, eating in a way that feels peaceful and enjoyable is attainable. Viewing food with the attitude of abundance and permission can be game changers in lessening the compulsivity that comes with deprivation and scarcity (AKA dieting and food rules).
Anna Clark is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that specializes in working with eating disorders, including bulimia, binge eating, chronic dieting, compulsive eating, emotional eating and anorexia.