Intuitive Eating & Mindfulness at Mealtime

EDIT™ Worksheets | Be True To Your Self Intuitive Eating #8 | Intuitive Mindful Meal Process I grew up hearing the old adage, “you are what you eat.” Unfortunately for our clients, they believe this to be true. The truth is though, we aren’t what we eat. We need food to nourish our bodies and souls but we are not what we eat. Our clients are bodies, minds, hearts and souls. They are not pieces of chocolate cake or fried chicken! Mealtime is one of the most vulnerable times of our client’s days. It is at the dinner table or at the company luncheon that our clients are faced with the very thoughts and insecurities that plague them. Intuitive eating can help clients remember to “check in” with the type and amount of food their bodies truly need at meals. And mindful eating skills can help the client find freedom and security while eating, especially in environments which can otherwise be very triggering . The Intuitive Mindful Meal Process is one way we as therapists can directly support our clients on their path of healing and restoration. The best way to use this worksheet is to eat in session with your client. Instead of initially sharing a meal with one another, start out with a sample “safe” snacks – maybe a few apple slices, some baby carrots, a handful of raw almonds. If your client is willing, you can also add two pieces of dark chocolate (one piece for each of you). Lay each snack out on a table in front of you and your client, and being to walk through the worksheet. It helps to start out with...

Goodbye Letter to the Eating Disorder

EDIT™ Worksheets | Believe In Your Self Recovery #6 | Goodbye Letter Goodbye letters are a powerful therapeutic tool for any client. This worksheet in particular is quite healing for our clients as it gives them a chance to say goodbye to the very thing that has plagued them for so long. By externalizing ED, clients are able to personify him or her so that they can better address ED and say goodbye forever. When walking the client through this portion of the worksheet, ask clients to think about what ED has told them, shown them and taught them and have them respond to that. The second part of this worksheet is just as powerful as clients can respond from the stance of ED. What would ED want them to know about themselves? Are they stronger than they think they are? Did ED teach them anything valuable? Encourage clients to be gentle with themselves during this exercise, writing letters like this take time and can stir up a lot of emotion. But, at the end of the day, the client will find greater strength and freedom after courageously saying goodbye to ED. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT A CLIENT MIGHT WRITE: Dear ED, I’m ready to say goodbye to you because you are like the best friend I gave my heart to that only turned around and stabbed my back. I trusted you with my insecurities and I showed you all of the things that made me scared. You held my hand and showed me how to take the pain away. You taught me to lie about what I ate and you...

Values Clarification in Eating Disorder Recovery

EDIT™ Worksheets | Love Your Self Self-Image #5 | My Values Aesop once said, “Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth—don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.” Aesop was onto something. Values are at the essence of who we are and that’s the great secret—what we value is who we are when no one else is looking. The voice of ED enjoys wrecking havoc in the lives of our clients. The clients we sit with might have difficulty naming what they value because ED has gained a foothold in their life. It is our job as intuitive therapists to help our clients find freedom from ED and an important part of this journey is helping our clients connect with his or her values. The “Love Your Self – My Values” worksheet is used to walk clients through the process of becoming reconciled to one’s True Self. When using this worksheet with a client, first walk through each value and make sure the client understands what each means. Encourage your client to fill in the “other” space if they know of a value that isn’t listed on the worksheet. Have your client circle their top ten values. Before they begin, have them circle the number one value that stands out to them. Explain to your client that this is a snapshot of what a client values right now, in the present moment. Other values might become a part of their lives later on. Let your client describe the importance of each value on their list. Why did the first value...

Eating Disorder Recovery of the True Self

EDIT™ Worksheets | Love Your Self Self-Image #3 | The Four Aspects of the “True Self” C.S. Lewis once said, “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” The clients who sit across from us on a weekly basis are these souls. Our clients are souls, hearts and minds that live within one body. These clients are often at war with their bodies. They don’t like the way their body feels or the way their body looks. One of the important roles of being an intuitive therapist is helping a client connect with the soul that lies within the body one rejects. The Love Your Self (Self-Image #3) worksheet is one of the best ways to help a client connect with their heart, mind, body and soul. When working with a client, it is most helpful to have the client start with the area they will most easily relate with. For instance, maybe your client is highly intelligent and he or she enjoys learning, begin with the sphere of the mind. Walk your client through the skills they have gained and the accomplishments they have made. Which accomplishments are most important to them? What does this mean about their values? How do the thoughts they think guide their lives? Continue walking your client through the remaining spheres. In the sphere of the heart, guide your client to connect with aspects of their personality and their capacity to feel a range of emotions. Specifically, explore how their heart gives them passion and desire in life. Guide them to explore how their heart draws them to connect with life – nature, animals, people. Who...

Intuitive Messages & Eating Disorder Recovery

EDIT™ Worksheets | Be True To Your Self Intuitive Living #2 | Intuitive Messages The emphasis of the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ approach is to guide our clients to shift from the voice of the Eating Disorder (ED) to the healing wisdom of the Intuitive Therapist (IT) within themselves. Through practicing the Be True To Your Self principle, clients discover how to become “Intuitive Eaters,” finding freedom from eating disordered eating. In addition, clients learn how to be “Intuitive Exercisers,” where they can truly enjoy the movement of their bodies, and actually have fun with fitness. As a first step towards Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Exercise, we can guide our clients with perspectives about Intuitive Living – the ways in which their Intuitive Therapist (IT) is trying to “speak” to them through a variety of messages, if they pay attention.. We live in a society rich with information. Whether it’s in a magazine, television show, online or even in a conversation, we hear and see messages everywhere. The voice of the Eating Disorder (ED) is formed from these external messages – dictating how to look, what to eat (or not eat), and most decisions in general. Our clients look outside themselves for guidance, wondering, “Who should I be?” Then, our clients seek approval from outside sources, questioning, “Am I good enough?” Recovery is about “turning up the volume” of the client’s inner guidance – the voice of their Intuitive Therapist (IT). Ultimately, clients will be able to “go within” to make decisions and receive validation. Clients may be so used to looking outside themselves for guidance, that this concept of “going within” may be very unfamiliar to them, and...

Eating Disorder Relapse Prevention

EDIT™ Worksheets | Believe In Your Self Success #3 | Relapse Prevention “Green light!” she screamed. We all started to run towards the finish line. “Yellow light,” she said. We all slowed our runs to a jog. And just when I took off in a sprint, I heard the fatal sound, “Red light!” My body was still moving before it registered what it heard. I had to go all the way back to the beginning because I had kept moving when I heard “red light.” Red Light, Green Light is a popular playground game. What seems like a silly kid’s game is actually a really important message for our clients. When you see a yellow light, slow down – because otherwise, the red light might suddenly appear – and then you’ll have to “start all over.” This Relapse Prevention worksheet is focused on helping clients recognize what the red, yellow and green lights are in terms of their recovery: Green Lights are the indicators that all is going well in recovery Yellow Lights are the warning signs that a relapse is possible Red Lights are sure indication that a relapse is occurring Although clients may not have to “start all over” if a full relapse occurs, it can be much harder to restore recovery practices once a relapse has occurred. In some cases, if the relapse persists and ED behaviors worsen – then clients may in fact need to “start all over” with intensive treatment. When clients are nearing the completion of their outpatient treatment with you as an EDIT™ Certified practitioner, this is an important time to use this worksheet. It’s best to do this worksheet in session. Start...