Recovery from an eating disorder can take anywhere from several months to years. Certain lifestyle changes can help you during and after your recovery.

These may include the following:

    
  • Maintain a healthy weight and body image
  • Maintain a rational approach to dieting, food, and exercise
  • Know and avoid triggers
  • Receive treatment, as necessary
  • Work on building a meaningful, fulfilling, and satisfying life
  • Develop effective coping skills
  • Take medicines as prescribed
  • Maintain a Rational Approach to Dieting, Food, and Exercise

    Do not diet, even if you need to lose weight. Rather, you need a meal plan that gives you adequate nutrition for health and normal growth. You can work toward a healthy weight by limiting your intake of high fat foods, sugar, and refined carbohydrates. You should also eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein. If you need help planning your diet, a registered dietitian or nutritionist can help.

    Also, make sure you get regular, but not excessive, exercise. This can help you maintain a healthy weight. 30-60 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week is sufficient.