Love Your Self: Be Your Own Valentine

Love Your Self: Be Your Own Valentine

Love Your Self – it’s the first principle of Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™, and it’s the starting point for the journey of complete recovery from eating disorders. What does it really mean to Love Your Self – your whole Self – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? On this Valentines Day, try these self love tips and be your own valentine! Love Your Body: Pause to notice the “lens” through which you currently view your body. Is it the lens of societies’ standards, through which you only see your body’s flaws? Or, is it the lens of compassion, through which you may still see your so-called flaws, but without any judgment, simply noticing them and appreciating them as a part of your True Beauty. Love Your Mind: Take a moment to gently notice the thoughts which float in and out of your mind. Notice if you are having any Eating Disorder (ED) thoughts, such as, “That love your body thing in the paragraph I just read is a bunch of crap. I’ll love my body when I’m thin enough. So how do I lose this weight?” Next, see if you can “rise above” your ED thoughts, to simply observe your mind from the perspective of your Intuitive Therapist (IT). This is a curious and compassionate part of your mind, which you can access with questions like these: “What are these ED thoughts really about? What is my quest for weight loss really about? What if it really is possible to Love My Self, regardless of my weight?” Love Your Heart: Bring your awareness to any emotions you are currently experiencing – is this easy or difficult for you...
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 #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...