I read a really interesting article* the other day from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association:
(sorry this is the abstract only)**
The study found that weight-restored (as opposed to recovered) anorexic patients who maintained a diet which included both a wide variety of foods and also highly palatable foods, were significantly less likey to relapse than those who ate only limited number of less palatable foods.
Huh? Well, I basically interpret this as: if you can break out of that anorexic mind-set of
"I mustn't eat very much and I must make sure that what I eat is boring to stop me over-eating" then you are going to have a far better chance of preventing relapse - and fully recovering!!
So I'm going to add this to my recovery checklist:
3. eat a wide variety of tasty foods
And I'm also going to add to that, the challenge of trying new foods - even those which make me feel sick. Because at the moment that's pretty much everything I can think of, so I can't trust my own judgement.
...this should be fun...
*thanks ViR for the article link via twitter
** thanks to my big brother for sending me the full text version :)