What Is EDIT™ – Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy?

What Is EDIT™ – Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy?

Learn about the five principles of EDIT™ and how these can guide complete recovery from eating disorders. Get an overview of how EDIT™ was developed, and how the EDIT™ process works. EDIT™ Certified Counselors are trained in this approach, and can assist you to practice these principles in your everyday life. Ask about the EDIT™ Worksheets, which can be used as Self-Help or as part of your therapy sessions. May the concepts below give you “food for thought” to help nourish your recovery! The Five Principles of Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ is the treatment approach developed by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC , CEDS– Owner and Clinical Director of Positive Pathways — as a result of her own journey of recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Food Addiction and Obesity. The EDIT™ approach involves making “thought ED-ITs” to shift from the mindset of the Eating Disorder (ED) to the healing wisdom of the Intuitive Therapist (IT) within you. At first, the voice of ED may be all that you can hear, but you can turn up the volume of IT by practicing the five principles of EDIT™: Love Your Self:  Discover how to develop COMPASSION your entire Self — soul, heart, mind and body — and let this be the FOUNDATION for your eating disorder recovery.  Be True To Your Self:  Learn how to trust your INTUITION  — your sixth-sense, gut feeling, inner knowing — for decisions about your eating, exercise and your entire life. Allow this to be the GUIDANCE for your recovery.  Express Your Self:  Allow for the AUTHENTICITY of your emotions — from the depths of depression to the pinnacles of...

EDIT Principle #1: Love Your Self

How to Develop a Nurturing Body Image… no matter what you weigh! Having a positive body image has nothing to do with how you look and what you weigh.  It has everything to do with what you think about how you look and what you weigh.  How else can you explain a situation where you felt fine, and then suddenly felt fat?  Did you instantly gain 50 pounds?  No!  But you may think you have.  And perhaps you really are 50 pounds overweight (or more).  So, how can you create a positive body image, no matter what you weigh?  The key is to imagine feeling good in your body.  Size has nothing to do with this.  Try this visualization:  Read through it first, and then guide yourself through it.  Close your eyes and just breathe, relaxing into the moment.  Imagine the last glimpse you had of yourself in the mirror.  Now, get a deeper sense of your body, beyond the image in the mirror.  What physical sensations are you aware of in your body?  Notice the beating of your heart, the movement of your breath, and any other sensations amidst your body’s seeming stillness.  What are the various things that you can do with your body? Imagine all of the different ways your body can move – walking, bending, stretching, running, lifting, climbing, and so much more. How does your body serve you and others? Get a sense of what your body allows you to do and be, and you interact with people throughout a typical day. What is the purpose of your body, at its current size?  Move beyond any judgments about your body’s size, and notice the...

EDIT Principle #2: Be True To Your Self

Intuitive Eating involves awareness of WHY you eat. In my research about eating disorders and weight problems, I discovered that there are three reasons why we eat:  Physical Need, Physical Desire and Emotional Desire.  Basically, Physical Need is hunger.  Truly, you need to eat.  Physical Desire is that you want to eat.  Something looks good, smells good, or you anticipate will taste good.  Emotional Desire is that you want to eat to calm an intense feeling you’re having.  That pint of Ben&Jerry’s seems to be calling your name.  On a typical day, what percentage do you eat for each of these three reasons?  Many people with eating disorders and weight problems report something like this: 49% Emotional Desire, 49% Physical Desire, 2% Physical Need.  What is the intuitive way of eating?  Approximately 75% Physical Need, 20% Physical Desire, 5% Emotional Desire.  To be more intuitive with your eating, check in before you eat, and ask, “WHY am I eating right now?”  Remember that it’s OK to eat for all three reasons — just be aware, which will help you intuitively bring your eating into balance. At Positive Pathways, we believe that complete recovery from eating disorders is possible — and your journey of recovery can be enhanced by practicing this second EDIT™ principle. Our treatment team of EDIT™ Certified Counselors and EDIT™ Counselors is here to help! Get started on your journey of recovery today with a FREE consultation: 720-606-3242 Learn more about EDIT™ — http://positivepathways.com/eating-disorder-intuitive-therapy/ Schedule a FREE consultation — http://positivepathways.com/free-consultation/ Share this page with your...

EDIT Principle #3: Express Your Self

Try this Healthy Coping Skill for Stress: Check-In and Breathe! Stressful situations are a part of life.  You can’t change those situations, but you can change how you react to them.  Be aware of your stress levels throughout the day, and rate them on a scale of 0-10, where 0 is no stress and 10 is extreme stress.  Low to moderate stress levels (2-6) can actually be a good thing, because this can enhance motivation and improve productivity.  High stress levels (7-10) can be overwhelming, which triggers the desire to eat as a means to self-soothe.  Certain foods can actually produce changes in certain neurotransmitters in your brain, to create a calming effect.  But there are other things you can try instead, which will have the same calming effect.  The simplest is a breathing technique.  It only takes two minutes (which is less time than it would take for you to run to the vending machine and eat a treat)! Here’s how it works.  Find a place where you can be undisturbed for two minutes, and close your eyes.  Focus only of your breathing.  Notice how shallow or deep your inhales and exhales are.  Notice how your body moves with each inhale and exhale.  If your mind drifts, gently pull yourself back to your breath.  Think silently the word “calm” as you breathe in, and “peace” as you release your breath. Notice any tension in your body, and breathe into that area of your body, allowing yourself to relax.  Keep breathing consciously for a full two minutes (or more, if you want).  When you open your eyes, how do you...

EDIT Principle #4: Give To Your Self

Start your day with some “Soul Food” to nourish your Intuitive Therapist (IT) within you. Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ involves making “thought ED-ITs” — to shift your focus from the voice of your Eating Disorder (ED) to the voice of recovery shared by the Intuitive Therapist (IT) within your core essence. At first, it might seem like to only voice you can hear is ED — chattering on about what you should or shouldn’t eat, how much you have to exercise, how you should look, and so on. Recovery is about remembering and reclaiming your inner wisdom, which helps you move forward on a healthy path — how can you turn up the volume of this “voice of your soul,” so you can ED-IT your way to complete recovery? “Soul Food” is anything that helps you feel “nourished from within,” and helps you to hear the voice of your Intuitive Therapist (IT) more clearly. When you take time to feed your soul every morning, you’ll notice that you feel more connected with your intuition throughout the day, and you’re able to make decisions to support your recovery with ease.  Your morning “Soul Food” doesn’t have to take long to enjoy.  You might pause to watch the sunrise, try a few minutes of meditation, read a few pages in a book with positive messages, or create an affirmation for your day.  The key is that you Give To Your Self before you move on with your day and give to others.  When you are nourished from within, and your soul is satisfied, you won’t have a need for eating disorder behaviors.  Try some “Soul Food” as your first...

EDIT Principle #5: Believe In Your Self

A Day in the Life of Complete Recovery from Eating Disorders! As part of your eating disorder recovery, you have learned very much about yourself, your feelings and your true needs.  You have gradually let go of binge eating, purging, restrictive eating, and any other eating disordered behavior.  You find yourself at peace with food, able to eat intuitively while trusting your body to be a healthy weight.  You have discovered positive ways of  dealing with any challenges you encounter.  You remember all of the significant people and situations, serving as guides on your path of freedom.  You have created anchors, which symbolize what recovery means to you.  You have a range of emotions as you reflect upon your eating disordered past, and experience its ending.  You witness the sunrise, with the eyes of your soul, and you welcome your new beginning.  This day and every day, you are free! At Positive Pathways, we believe that complete recovery from eating disorders is possible — and your journey of recovery can continue on an ongoing basis by practicing this final EDIT™ principle. Our treatment team of EDIT™ Certified Counselors and EDIT™ Counselors is here to help! Get started on your journey of recovery today with a FREE consultation: 720-606-3242 Learn more about EDIT™ — http://positivepathways.com/eating-disorder-intuitive-therapy/ Schedule a FREE consultation — http://positivepathways.com/free-consultation/ Share this page with your...
Don’t Diet – EDIT™!

Don’t Diet – EDIT™!

Learn about the five principles of EDIT™ and how these can guide the achievement of a healthy weight — without destructive diets. EDIT™ was developed by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, and she has been dubbed by her clients as the “Don’t Diet Doctor” because one of her clients stated, “You’re like a surgeon who removed the diet mentality from my mind.” By practicing the EDIT™ principles in your everyday life, it’s actually YOU who removes the diet mentality from your own mind! May the concepts below be “food for thought” to nourish your health! The Five Principles of Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ is the treatment approach developed by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC — Owner and Clinical Director of Positive Pathways — as a result of her own journey of recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Food Addiction and Obesity. This highly effective method for the treatment of eating disorders can also be used for the healthy treatment and prevention of obesity. The EDIT™ approach involves the practice of five principles: Love Your Self:  Discover how to develop ACCEPTANCE of your body exactly as it is right now — when you love your body, you will take better care of your body. Healthy weight loss can be a natural outcome from this starting point of Self-Love. Be True To Your Self:  Learn how to trust your INTUITION for the type and amount of food and fitness your body needs  — when you stop trying to control your eating and exercise, you will find your own healthy way. As an outcome, you can easily achieve and maintain a healthy weight.   Express Your Self:  Develop healthy COPING SKILLS to...