Last week, I mentioned that my treatment center provided a foundation on which I based my transformation. Basically, the eating strategy in treatment consisted of eating what I wanted in normal portions when I wanted, eating balanced meals and no bingeing. Diets were not a welcome strategy but exercise was encouraged in moderation and only doing something you liked. I followed an “exchange” program to help normalize my eating and to ensure balanced meals…it felt like a diet. Remember Weight Watchers when they had the exchanges? It felt like that.
During day treatment, I had no binges and followed the eating plan pretty well (I was in perfection mode!) Once I stepped down to the evening program and went back to work, it all pretty much flew out the window although the binges weren’t as frequent or intense. Once I quit my job and moved home, I felt like I was starting over once again.