Asking for Support: A Letter to Your Loved Ones

Over 30 years ago we wrote a “letter to home” to help our participants once they went back into the real world that was all about calorie restriction, pounds lost and well-intentioned but generally problematic monitoring of what we eat by others.  After their stay with us learning how to listen to their body’s cues to guide them in eating (otherwise known as mindful eating or intuitive eating), and building confidence that living now at whatever size we are is key to healthy living, our participants would often return home to family and friends who continued thinking along the same lines of most people, that diet rules were the way to go.

Over the years, we’ve heard our letter “What Is Support?” has helped many women educate their family and friends about how they were doing things differently when it came to eating well, moving their bodies and taking care of themselves.  Some elect to pop it in the mail before they leave us.

See what you think.  If it helps you get the support you need at home, we’re thrilled.

Have you been successful in changing the mindset of others when it comes to how we eat and otherwise take care of ourselves?  If so, what’s worked for you?

One response to “Asking for Support: A Letter to Your Loved Ones”

  1. love2eatinpa says:

    loved the letter!

    so many people w/eating disorders keep the disorder to themselves. when i first learned i had an ED and wrote a letter to my husband about it, it was the first step towards my recovery. i was being honest with him and to myself. i have been binge-free ever since (25 months!)

    telling people you need support is so important. they are not mind readers and if they don’t have an ED, they truly can’t understand where you are coming from.

    thanks for sharing this letter.

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