1. An important objective of those first steps is to pinpoint why your eating disorder occurs, persists, and becomes powerful
2. It takes a lot of courage to be honest enough to do this.
3. Your first steps are likely to be tentative and shaky. Even if you're scared, one challenge is to take the steps no matter what.
4. When you make an inventory of the people, things, and situations that you believe contribute to your eating disorder, you will have a lot of important information to share with your treatment team.
5. Isolating your negative triggers will help you understand the logic of your eating disorder and change its patterns.
6. Relearning to eat and think about food in a non-eating-disordered way takes time, patience, and a strategy that both makes sense and that you're willing to use.
7. One of the most challenging of the first steps is facing your food fears.
8. A food hierarchy will clarify which foods you fear the most and help you overcome those fears.
9. Relaxation and visualization techniques help you take the first steps towards recovery with more confidence and less tension.
10. A blueprint for the life you imagine living without the eating disorder (or with it in check) will connect you to a positive goal. Revise it every few weeks as you gain confidence in the process of change.
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