Wether you’ve struggled with orthorexia, restricting, dieting or other disordered eating habits and you’ve managed to recover, congratulations! It’s not an easy journey so I acknowledge you for that. Now you might be wondering how to ease back into a “normal” lifestyle with healthy exercise and diet to maintain a regular period.
What lessons did disordered eating and loss of period teach you?
Write down the most important things you’ve learned about yourself when you used to struggle with disordered eating and/or lost your period. It could be that you felt isolated, never went out, lack of sex drive, bad skin, low energy, insomnia, negative mental health and so on. In the next column you’re going to write down all the good things you’ve experienced after you’ve recovered from disordered eating and got your period back. You continue to add to the positive list as they come along the way.
You might be wondering what’s the point of this list? Well, you’ll need it. You’ll have days where it’s not so bright. Whenever you’re having tendencies to restrict, over exercise or just stat disordered eating again, then you have that list for reference and as a reminder that this is not a route you want to take again.
This list is very helpful, especially in the beginning stages where you might find yourself get frustrated or confused sometimes.
Don’t go crazy! Recovering from disordered eating and getting your period back doesn’t mean…
That you can jump right back into working out like you used to. That you need to focus on eating as clean and as healthy as possible. You need to continue building a relationship with your body, food and exercise. And as with all great relationships, it takes lots of trust, love, nourishment and time to build. Getting your period back is your body’s sign of trusting you again. Don’t give it a reason not to trust you anymore. Honor that trust. Be gentle and easy with your workouts. Start out with low impact workouts such as walking, yoga and pilates, and overtime increase the intensity by adding some cardio and strength training. Never workout more than five days a week and only 30-50 minutes a day!
I’ve written an article about how to workout smart and that more isn’t better, so you can have an idea of how to maintain your period and health lifestyle without disordered eating tendencies.
You’ll naturally want to eat healthy and that’s fine. Just make sure that you NEVER restrict and eat ENOUGH. Also make sure to incorporate some unhealthy foods into your diet once in a while. This article will explain why – so eating unhealthy can be good to get your period back and for your overall health as well. (Look for tip #4).
If you want to stay recovered from disordered eating then…
Stay away from fitness and health junkies that you follow! Even if you’ve unfollowed them, don’t try and follow new ones. It really matter who and what you surround yourself with. Unconsciously these accounts trigger thoughts to arise, so staying away from them is the best you can do.
Follow new accounts, such as body positive, inspirational and motivational ones that don’t make you think of food and exercise in a disordered way.
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