In my new workbook, I talk about the concept of your recovery reality: what your real, authentic life is like after recovery. This is not necessarily what you may have envisioned when you pictured yourself as a recovered person. There will certainly be major positive benefits of recovery, but you won’t suddenly–or ever–be perfect.
Some people I’ve talked to have the idea that their recovery eating should be perfect (ie: organic, gluten-free, grass-fed, balanced portions, no sugar, no bread). Eating healthy is a wonderful goal, but this idea can often hold people back from letting go of binge eating. They think thoughts like, “I’ll stop binge eating when I can eat completely gluten-free, or after I detox.” For these people, I believe it’s helpful to have examples of real recovered women and men who are eating normally and living authentic lives, but could never create a paleo or vegan recipe blog.
To this end, I had an idea. I decided that I’d use my new Instagram account to post pictures of my recovery reality–and primarily of my not-always-ideal eating. Many of you know I’m an extremely busy mom, and I’m not always the best at maintaining my blog or website; but this idea is something I think I can act upon frequently.
In no way do I think people should copy my eating habits. I only want to give one visible example of what it’s like to be recovered and living and eating imperfectly. If looking at pictures of food bothers you, then don’t follow me; but if you are someone who struggles with black and white thinking (ie: “I need to eat perfectly, or I might as well binge“), you might find it helpful.
My Instagram username is brain_over_binge (Kathryn Hansen)
*UPDATE 4/9/15: I posted some of my meals/snacks for a while, but then ended up feeling like it was a better idea in theory than in reality. While I still think that visual examples of meals are very useful when trying to determine portion sizes, I decided that showing binge eaters pictures of the junk food I was eating didn’t feel right. We are all bombarded with pictures of junk food all of the time, and I decided not to be another source of that for recovering binge eaters, even if my goal was to help by showing that recovery doesn’t mean perfect eating. Without the pictures of junk food, my Instagram account would have turned into another just another “healthy eating” blog, so I decided to stop posting my meals/snacks altogether. I will still post inspirational things from time to time, and maybe a very general food picture from time to time. I will keep my pictures up because I think I gave a good snapshot of my eating.