Super Star Foods that Help and Soothe in Eating Disorder Recovery

Super Star Foods that Help and  Soothe in Eating Disorder Recovery

Dear Readers,

All recovery from Eating Disorder starts with good nutrition.

P.s. Please take out a minute to read the information below. It can really make a difference in your recovery. Thank you.

Eating and drinking a balanced diet plays an important part in Eating Disorder treatment. In recovery we have to be very careful with what we eat and how much we eat. The aim is to bring balance back to your body and to replenish the levels in your brain.  Foods that are devoid of nutritional values will further worsen the condition of person going through the stages of refeeding and recovery. So tread carefully.   A good diet can help your body to

  • Cope with stress of Eating Disorder treatment
  • Recover and heal faster
  • Fight off infections
  • Feel stronger, healthier and have more energy

“The sort of food you eat can either help to instill a sense of calmness and balance, or make you feel even more anxious at sea.” Amanda Cochrane

What has helped me in my recovery is these foods. I remember the first time I incorporated Salmon, almonds and Mackerel in my diet, my stress levels were so high and I felt ill and sick. I used to find it very difficult to eat enough and to eat the right foods. I took one day at a time. Slowly slowly I started incorporating all these super foods into my diet. Within weeks, I saw the difference it made to my mental health and my physical health. What was amazing and really astounding was how it stabilized my weight and how my skin tone improved. Instead of sweets and drinks, I went for dates and figs as a mid-day snack. To restore the levels of calcium, potassium and B vitamins in my body, I have lots and lots of yogurt, oats milk, figs, and dates. Of course all in moderation. I don’t overeat, binge or purge now, I don’t even restrict anymore. I am very grateful to a holistic therapist in Weybridge for recommending this diet to me. If you are eating and drinking well, you will be able to cope better and recover faster from your Eating Disorder. All I can say is trust me the list of foods below is magical in your recovery and it will prevent your from over-eating, will keep you satiated and will prevent you from going for a binge.

Below is the list of foods taken from Amanda Cochrane’s book Perfect Skin that are high in nutritional values, light on stomach and have anti-stress properties.

Almonds- these nuts contain magnesium, a mineral sometimes known as nature’s tranquilizer. It helps to keep the nerves on an even keel. Nibbling these nuts between meals instead of sweet snacks stabilizes blood sugars and helps to keep energy levels steady.

Bananas- A rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid that we convert into serotonin. serotonin is a brain chemical associated with feeling calm and content. anxiety, depression and stress-induced insomnia are linked to low levels of this chemical. other foods containing pre-formed serotonin are dates, red and blue plums, aubergines, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple and tomatoes.

Figs- One of the best plant sources of calcium, a mineral which helps to relax the muscle. Low levels of calcium are linked to anxiety and nervousness. Other good sources are chickpeas, natural yogurt, green leafy vegetables and shell fish.

Flax Oil- The richest natural source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are needed to make healthy brain and nervous tissue. They also keep the skin soft and smooth. These fatty acids are also present in soya beans, walnuts and pumpkin seeds, as well as oily fish mackerel and salmon.

Whole Grains- These provide plenty of B vitamins which are needed to soothe and strengthen the nerves. B vitamins are rapidly depleted by nerves. As they cannot be stored in the body we need a good supply everyday. They help to keep the blood sugar levels stable and provide a steady source of energy. Good sources are brown rice, wheat, rye and oats.

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EatingDisorders/Mindful Eating and Breakfast

EatingDisorders/Mindful Eating and Breakfast

Dear Readers!
On Sunday, 16th March 2014, I attended One Day Short course on Mindful Approaches to Nutritional Change (Practitioner training) in Richmond Surrey. This fabulous course was delivered by very brilliant Katie Sheen. The one day course explored the importance of Mindful Eating to support nutritional change. Katie Sheen shared something very fascinating on how to beat binge eating AND eating disorders with one small exercise.  You have to commit to this exercise for two weeks to see the difference it makes to your well being.

Eating a Good Healthy Breakfast for Two Weeks

Katie Sheen’s Suggestion: We cannot sustain ourselves without eating. Start your day off right with a high protein breakfast to fill you up, and get your body fired up. Breakfast Rules!!

The act of eating is a sacred act and does us and our bodies great benefit to be treated as such. Islam places lots of emphasis on eating mindfully. The Prophet Muhammad  said:

“Nothing is worse than a person who fills his stomach. It should be enough for the son of Adam to have a few bites to satisfy his hunger. If he wishes more, it should be: One-third for his food, one-third for his liquids, and one-third for his breath.” Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.

This course further amplified my belief in eating mindfully for soul mind and body. In Eating Disorder we lose a joy of eating and our relationship with food becomes distorted. When we apply mindful-awareness to the eating, the experience of eating looks and feels very different from what we may be accustomed to. Mindfulness allows us to honour the food we eat, and thus honour ourselves; changing the way we relate to food and the relationship we have with food. Being Mindful matters and is a key to healthy living.


Are you Ready for Breakfast Challenge?

For two weeks have a healthy Breakfast, Eat it like a King and see the difference it makes to your overall day.

  • Write down the difference it makes to your overall Day, i.e. to your energy levels, mental levels etc.
  • If you go for binge by 10:00am, write down after what time hunger kicks in after you’ve had your breakfast.
  • Record the number of times you binge and purge in those two weeks.
  • After two weeks, what is your physical response to food, how do you feel about food?

Give this exercise two weeks, what have you got to lose?

Eating breakfast every day can be overwhelming, start by trying it three times week and take notice of the difference it makes in your day and how you feel.

Benefits of Two Week Challenge:

What Binging? If you snack throughout the day on sweets, drinks, foods that are devoid of nutritional values, then you’ll see that desire lessening.

More Energy- You will have more energy.

Clear Mind- You will have a sharp, active mind.

By end of two weeks, you will regain the confidence in one’s intuitive desires related to hunger and food choice. Remember You are nourishing yourself and connecting with your beautiful self.

 What Breakfast works for you?

Learn to be aware of your thought patterns around food choices.

My Example: I always hated breakfast. By 11:00am I just wanted to go back to bed and sleep. Throughout the day, I would snack on sweets and drinks. At the eating disorder unit, we had to start our day with a good breakfast. At home I experimented with several breakfasts and wrote down how I felt about all of them. Later on I was able to make informed choices about my breakfast. Now I know what breakfasts work best for me and I never compromise on my choices.

I experimented with following:

Breakfast 1- Bowl of Frosties with semi-skimmed milk and cappuccino.

Breakfast 2- Cup of coffee with Oatmeal

Breakfast 3- Spinach Egg omelet with goat cheese, two slices of wholewheat toasts and a cup of Mint tea.


Advantage of Breakfast 3- Starting your day with a good protein based breakfast helps keep your blood sugar levels in check. It also prevents you from going for a binge earlier in the day. You shouldn’t skip breakfast, ever.

Mindful Breakfast- If we begin to pay attention to how specific kinds of breakfast impact our body, we can start to make better choices about what breakfasts to eat.

Mindful Breakfast tips:


  1. Chew slowly. Not only is this better for your digestive system, you’ll also enjoy it more.
  2. Try not to talk during meals. Focus on the food.


Protein Breakfast challenge for Healthy Body and Mind

Try a protein based Breakfast. This is your first chance of the day to make it a good one-take advantage of it!

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition people who enjoy breakfasts high in protein are less likely to consume foods high in fat or sugar later in the evening. On day seven of the experiment, the participants were asked to fill out appetite and satiety questionnaires and also had blood samples drawn. The researchers also examined their brain activity with fMRI brain scans.The researchers found that the participants who had eaten breakfast felt fuller later on than those who had skipped breakfast. The consumption of breakfast also resulted in a reduction in brain activity responsible for the control of food cravings. Eating a high-protein breakfast also impacted snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, compared with skipping breakfast or eating cereal. “Eating a protein-rich breakfast impacts the drive to eat later in the day, when people are more likely to consume high-fat or high-sugar snacks,” study researcher Heather Leidy, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri, said in a statement. “These data suggest that eating a protein-rich breakfast is one potential strategy to prevent overeating and improve diet quality by replacing unhealthy snacks with high quality breakfast foods.”
Do you feel like mindless eating has become a habitual pattern in your life? Would you like to learn how to become a mindful eater and reap the many benefits that mindful eating can provide? Try Soul Nutrition.

The benefits of committing to the mindful path are many, but as we know, the real work that we need to do to grow as human beings, is never easy. With focused effort, you too, can reap the many benefits of learning to eat more mindfully.


Start with Breakfast and Move on!




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Eating Disorders and healing through Prayer/Salaat

Eating Disorders and  Prayer/Salaat

Prayer clears the mist
and brings back peace to the soul.
Every morning, every evening
let the heart sing
La ilaha il Allah. There is no reality but God. Rumi



Trust in Allah, not in the demon of Eating Disorder

And whoever places his trust in Allah, Sufficient is He for him, for Allah will surely accomplish His Purpose: For verily, Allah has appointed for all things a due proportion. (Qur’an 65:3)

Dear Readers,

A reader asked me how does praying five times a day help you to recover from your Eating Disorder? Eating Disorders can be very debilitating for the person and their family. Before I went to Eating Disorder unit, I lived in a very delusional world, where I thought I was in complete control of my body and my mind. I prayed but I never prayed for the recovery. The only time, I realised , fully realised how severe my Eating Disorder was, when I was threatened with tube feeding. I remember coming home in anger and asking my father to take me shopping. I bought nuts, milk, butter, fruit, fish , whole grains and vegetables. I wanted to show my treatment team  that it was me who was in-charge and in full control of my eating and not my Eating Disorder. One week later, I was in emergency with a slow heart beat and emaciated body. I then accepted defeat and bowed down to God in complete humility. I needed help and I needed help urgently.

I accepted defeat and I turned to Allah…..

Dear Allah,
I admit that I am powerless over my eating.
I admit that my life is unmanageable when I try to control it.
Help me this day to understand the true meaning of powerlessness.
Remove from me all denial of my eating disorder. (First Step prayer)

My prayer-

Dear Allah

Eating Disorder has siezed my life, my soul

and I am in pain . . . broken inside

control of myself and my life is gone

but, I pretend  that I am still in control

fear, anger and grief live inside me,

pushing everyone away

isolating me in my prison of Eating Disorder world

a prison of regret, self-loathing shame and grief

I am stuck in the past  . . . and I don’t see the future

presence  is a struggle . . . and I can’t break away from this

prison of the demon of Eating Disorder

Next-Step for me was to ask Allah to release me from this slavery, to free me from this prison of dark world of Eating Disorder.


Dear Beloved Allah,

Release me from my prison of Eating Disorder

open my heart to love, blessings and life

open my eyes to see I can recover from my Eating Disorder

make me dare to be willing . . . to let go of my addictions

to let go of fear . . . self hatred  . . .and shame

help me let go of this dark world of Eating Disorder

O Allah, come to me, I am your subservient slave,

I humbly ask that you remove all twisted thought & addictive

behavior from me this day,

awaken me . . . from this nightmare hell

Help my heart to know  . . . that hope is possible.

After accepting that you have an Eating Disorder the next step is to put all your worries, fears at Allah’s hands. Prayer is the easiest way to reach Allah and to seek His help. Do bear in mind that not a single Eating Disorder thought that crosses your mind can be kept hidden from Allah, because He is closer to you then your jugular vein. Allah knows our illness and He knows how Eating Disorder is ruling our mind, so why not seek Help and guidance from the One who knows you very well?

If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should therefore respond to Me and believe in Me so that hopefully they will be rightly guided. (Surat al-Baqara: 186)

Salaat/Prayer and Trust in Allah- To be a Muslim you have to follow the five pillars of Islam. The second pillar of Islam is Salaat/Prayer, praying five times a day to Allah. Prayer is a joy, a healing and brings us closer to God. Prayer creates a connection with God, it reinforces our dependency on him, and it leads  to a heart at peace and a soul that worships.

In Eating Disorder, we want to be in full-control of everything. We either live in the past or look into future, there is no here, no present, because here/now/present is all a blur. In Islam we are taught to let go of this rigid control, to have tawakul/trust in Allah and to attribute all outcomes to Allah. I found it very difficult to establish this tawakul/trust in Allah when the demon of Eating Disorder was whispering all negative things in my mind. I really struggled to let go off my rigid control over my weight and my eating. At the Eating Disorder Unit, what got me through the stages of refeeding and weight gain was prayer/Salaat, where I would ask Allah to help me, to guide me to protect me from the demon of Eating Disorder. With the  Salaat/Prayer the mist clears and you realize that there is a strong dietary and that it is He who is in full control and no-one else.

And whoever places his trust in Allah, Sufficient is He for him, for Allah will surely accomplish His Purpose: For verily, Allah has appointed for all things a due proportion. (Qur’an 65:3)




Beauty beyond words-

It’s very difficult to put into words the merits of performing Salaat/prayer. I love how Hammudah Abd Ali Atti from describes the beauty behind the prayer:

When we analyze the Islamic prayer and study its unique nature, it will reveal to us that it is not merely a sequence of physical movements or an empty recital of the Holy Book. It is a matchless and unprecedented method of intellectual meditation and spiritual devotion, of moral elevation and physical exercise, all combined. It is an exclusively Islamic experience where every muscle of the body joins the soul and the mind in the worship and glory of God. It is difficult for anyone to impart in words the full meaning of the Islamic prayer, yet it can be said that it is:


1. A lesson in discipline and willpower;

2. A practice in devotion to God and all worthy objectives;

3. A vigilant reminder of God and constant revelation of His Goodness;

4. A seed of spiritual cultivation and moral soundness;

5. A guide to the most upright way of life;

6. A safeguard against decency and evil, against deviation and going astray;

7. A demonstration of true equality, solid unity, and brotherhood;

8. An expression of thankfulness to God and appreciation of Him;

9. A course of inner peace and stability;

10. An abundant source of patience and courage, of hope and confidence.

I pray to Allah for those struggling with Eating Disorders to be set free from the demon. Amen!  Maha. 





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How Learned Helpless Can Lead to Eating Disorders

How Learned Helpless Can Lead to Eating Disorders


By Michelle Morand

Michelle Morand

Author’s Bio: 
CEDRIC Centre founder Michelle Morand is a recovered compulsive eater and counsellor with over 17 years of experience in the field of recovery from eating disorders such as compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, as well as casual factors such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.

If you want to make sure your efforts towards overcoming emotional eating are as purposeful and brief as they can be, the place to focus your efforts is on learned helplessness and the anxiety it triggers whenever you feel the slightest bit stressed or uncertain about something.
Learned helplessness is the pattern of thinking that we establish as children in situations where we have needs that are not being met. We feel panicked, hopeless and desperate. We are overwhelmed with the seemingly insurmountable chasm between knowing what we need and being unable to get it.

As children we automatically interpret everything that is going on around us as being about us. We are consistently supported, encouraged and reassured of our lovability, our place in our family and our world. As we develop, and our brain transitions from this child mind to our adult brain, a more rational and big-picture thinking brain, we learn to handle the fact that the world no longer revolves around us.

But what if the transition is not gradual? What if we are forced, due to situations well beyond our control, to deal with circumstances that are truly beyond our comprehension (the absence of a parent, the experience of abuse or the death of someone close to us, for example)?

What if we are forced to take on far more responsibility than we can developmentally manage?

What if we are smothered and not allowed to explore the world when we feel ready to do so?

What if our caregivers’ fears and insecurities are projected on to us and, without even realizing it, they become our own?

What if our childhood is abruptly torn away by some trauma of abandonment, rejection, criticism, ridicule or physical or sexual threat or abuse?

That’s a very frightening and rude awakening. For most of us it is just too much to truly understand. Thus we feel overwhelmed and frantically grasp for some way of perceiving the world and our place in it that has the potential to afford some sense of protection from the harsh reality of our limited power.

The truth is we all need to “grow up.”

We all need to come to the realization that the world does not revolve around us; that what others think and feel is not a reflection of us but rather of their own life experience and needs; that we truly only have power over our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and that any time spent trying to control or influence others is time poorly spent and is, in our society, referred to as co-dependency or, in more extreme cases, abuse. These are fundamental truths of humanity and adulthood, and in order to be healthy, balanced adults, we need to be able to see these truths clearly and embrace the many gifts they bring.
But we need to awaken to this truth gently or it is just too hard to take. We feel exposed, raw, far too vulnerable, far too unsafe, and we need to immediately seize upon some way of covering ourselves up. We need to have a coping strategy.

A coping strategy is any thought, feeling, or behaviour that allows us to remain in an uncomfortable situation without being aware of how uncomfortable we are. Picture a kitty cat that after accidentally falling off the back of the couch, immediately affects an air of confidence and acts as though nothing has happened. We can relate. If we are using food to cope, whether through binging, anorexia, bulimia, or dieting, we struggle with self-confidence. When we feel insecure and doubtful in ourselves, we work very hard to portray that kitty-like image of nonchalance all day, every day, no matter how hurt or humiliated we feel.

When we are forced before we are ready to realize our true powerlessness over others and our dependence on them, it is a great shock; it is humbling and frightening, and just like a kitty cat, we feel immediately compelled to cover up and protect ourselves, often without truly understanding what just happened or why.

This experience (or, “these” experiences – often there is not one big trauma that we experience but a series of events that undermined our confidence and sense of worth) leads to the assumption that instead of being all-powerful and all-knowing, we are actually completely powerless.

The all-or-nothing thinking naturally makes us feel hopeless, worthless and stuck. Our brain is not yet developed enough to see the extreme thinking in these statements. As far as our child mind is concerned, this is not extreme or exaggerated thinking; it is the truth, no need to question it. In fact, in our mind, questioning the validity of these statements just serves to make us more aware of our powerlessness and ignorance.

This is learned helplessness. The automatic mental default to: “I can’t!” whenever things are new or unexpected, is what makes ordinary life events feel overwhelming and is what leads you to need to focus on food in the way that you do. That is the problem that needs to be addressed.

If you doubt this at all or just want to prove it to yourself on a deeper level, commit to the following exercise for today: Whenever you notice you’re feeling at all anxious or pressured or using food to cope (restricting or overeating), ask yourself: What just happened (or what was I just thinking about my past or my future)? And, in what way am I telling myself that I can’t handle it, that there’s no point in trying, or that it will be too hard or scary to deal with?

If you can answer the last question you are in learned helplessness. Guaranteed.

Once you’ve experimented with this for even one day, you’ll be acutely aware that you suffer from learned helplessness and that it is always the trigger for your use of food to cope and for your focus on food and on your body in any way that is stressful.



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Eating Disorder Recovery – Who We Are Is Not Fixed

Eating Disorder Recovery – Who We Are Is Not Fixed


Dear Readers, This is a fabulous article, full of hope, strength and self-belief. Happy Reading.

By: Michelle Simms

Michelle Sims, MS, Pre-Licensed Professional in Port Orange

After recovering from a cancer that doctors thought he would not survive, Lance Armstrong said; “I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days or great days.” As you recover from an eating disorder, you’re going to have great days and days — on the way to great. Concentrate on the great days. Acknowledge your accomplishments, allow yourself to see that there are no mistakes, just opportunities to try again, and continue moving towards “great.”
Be willing to forgive yourself. We’ve all slipped at some point in life; we have all had to revisit day one and begin again. The only thing that is important is that you “get back on the bike.” We have all fallen off, you are not alone, so don’t beat yourself up over it. If the worst comes to worst and you binge or purge or deny yourself food, then try to understand what triggered you and why you reacted to the situation in that way rather than responding in a loving manner that supports your recovery.
Many of us who suffer from eating disorders have an all-or-nothing mentality, which often causes us to react poorly to any kind of slipup. Whenever we have even a slight eating disorder setback, we feel like such a failure that we tend to follow the slight slipup with a spree of negative self talk, feeling guilty, eating (or denying). Then we feel so guilty about that, that we continue, and it takes another two or three days (or weeks or months or years) to get back on track towards recovery. Although unfounded, most of us carry tremendous guilt. We view even a minor slip as some sort of “sin” and find numerous ways to punish ourselves for it. The word “sin” is an archery term that simply means “missed the mark.” Nothing more, nothing less, it is only an opportunity to stretch, readjust our aim and try again.
It probably took you many years to develop your eating disorder, changing those patterns, beliefs and responses will take a little time and at some point, you may slip. Every time you’re tempted or actually revert back to the eating disorder, you have a golden opportunity to learn something about yourself. Go to your journal. Meditate. Finding out what’s behind your behavior is key in changing it. We can’t change something until we are aware of it. Put energy into understanding the “hidden” meaning of your relationship with food. Think about what is eating you? What is it that you are actually trying to bury under food? What is it that you are actually denying when you deny yourself food? What are you rejecting when you purge? These are tough questions but this right here, this moment is where the tread hits the road; THIS is your chance for change.
Change takes place in the present. One of the most empowering understandings we can embrace is that who we are is not fixed. Our Self is essentially who we experience ourselves to be in the moment. Just as moment move forward to the next, Selfhood continually changes. You can’t change what your relationship with food or yourself has been in the past, but you can change how you respond right NOW. Can you reach within yourself for enough clarity, strength, forgiveness, serenity, love, patience and faith to turn this around? Eating Disorder Recovery happens when we invest the time and energy to move from burying or denying our selves to revealing and loving ourselves.

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ~ Lance Armstrong




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How Do People With Eating Disorders Suffer?

How Do People With Eating Disorders Suffer?

Dear Readers,

In our contemporary society, Eating Disorder has been a source of bewilderment. There is a popular misconception that Eating Disorder is a diet gone too far. Another common misconception is that those who suffer from Eating Disorders are very self-centred and vain people, focused on achieving a perfect body-image at any cost. Let me tell you something that Eating Disorders are one of many brain diseases that include loss of personality, self-worth and life. I can not overstate the intensity of suffering that goes along with Eating Disorders, in simple words; it’s horrific, awful, and terrifying. Please find below an article by Dr Irina Webster that explains how people from eating Disorders really suffer.

By Dr Irina Webster

Dr. Irina Webster


People with eating disorders suffer in many ways: physically, mentally and emotionally. All of them normally feel down although anorexics sometimes feel high in the beginning of the disorder.

The mental suffering significantly diminishes the quality of people’s life. Feelings of fear, inadequacy, and reduced ability to concentrate are common and affect sufferer’s studies, work and relationships.

In severe cases sufferers even leave their jobs or studies because of their inability to cope with every day stress. The coping strategies of eating disorder sufferers are limited to food. They have to binge or starve themselves to cope even with a little stress.

How do they feel if they don’t do it (food abuse)? They feel like an alcoholic who is not allowed to drink or like a drug user who can’t get any drugs. They feel shaky and nauseous, they feel they must do it whatever cost; they can’t concentrate on anything else except of food.

Anorexics on the other hand fear food and perceive food as evil and dangerous. They believe that one single bite of food will make them put on enormous amount of weight. And if they do have a little bit of food they must work it all out by over exercising, enemas, laxatives or vomiting.

People with eating disorders are normally withdrawn and hide their feeling. Instead of identifying, acknowledging and dealing with emotions they blame themselves, feel guilty and anxious. They often compare themselves with others and always find themselves inferior to those people. They always think that other people are doing better then them.

These thoughts produce even more guilt and shame in their soul which makes them turn to food abuse again and again.

Binging and purging appears to be cathartic as it stimulates special reward centers in the brain. These cause a false and temporary relief to their state. Very soon they get addicted to these false feelings of relive and like alcoholics or drug addicts get hooked on the feelings binging gives them.

Anorexics get similar feelings but in relation to starving themselves. They get weird feelings of satisfaction by starvation.

The physical suffering includes constipation, increased sensitivity to infections, stomach aches, headaches, nausea, anemia, kidney damage, very low pulse, cardiovascular disorders and fragile bones due to low skeletal calcium.

Vomiting can cause erosion of the dental enamel and the teeth become corroded and chipped. The throat normally gets very sore and salivary glands can increase in size making the sufferers face puffy and swollen.

The most serious suffering from eating disorders is cardiac complications as it can cause a sudden death even when a person’s asleep. This happens because of the extremely low level of minerals (especially potassium) due to vomiting or starvation. The heart must have potassium and other minerals to work and remain strong. If there is an extreme shortage of potassium the human heart simply stops working.

To conclude, it is important to understand that vomiting and starvation is only a way to add more problems to your existing ones. And one of the best ways to stop doing all these bad things with food is by removing the subconscious blockages you have in your mind that make you bulimic or anorexic against your own free will.



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Twelve Islamic Steps to Recovery from Eating Disorders

Twelve Islamic Steps to Recovery from Eating Disorders

God is the Light

God is the light
of the heavens and the earth.
The smile of God’s light
is like a niche in which is a lamp,
the lamp in a globe of glass,
the globe of glass as if it were a shining star,
lit from a blessed olive tree
neither of the East nor of the West,
its light nearly luminous
even if fire did not touch it.
Light upon light!
– The Qur’an (24:35)- al ‘nuur – the light

Dear Readers,

Please find below 12 Steps- Program adopted from Alcohol Anonymous (AA) method and taken from Millati Islami-  an  organization that uses Twelve Step recovery program for persons that experience problems associated with addiction. The Twelve Step method has been adopted here as the foundation of Eating Disorder/Addiction Recovery Model. There are many people who have benefited greatly from this model Muslims and non-Muslims alike. One person who successfully recovered from his addiction using the original AA 12 Step model is Paul Williams.  I found this model very helpful in my recovery from Eating Disorder Addictions, i.e. my addiction to rigid rules, weird dietary rituals and other rules and regulations. The more I focused on reciting the name of Allah and turning towards the Higher Power the lesser the hold of the demon of Eating Disorder became. This changing of mind and behaviours did not happen overnight or in weeks but over the course of months and years.

 Twelve Steps

The earth is made a place for our prayers, and its soil is made for our purification.
– Prophet Muhammad

Step 1: We admitted that we were neglectful of our higher selves of our diet, our food and that  our lives have become unmanageable.

Step 2: We came to believe that Allah could and would restore us to sanity.

Step 3: We made a decision to submit our will to the will of Allah.

Step 4: We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

Step 5: We admitted to Allah and to ourselves the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6: Asking Allah for right guidance, we became willing and open for change, ready to have Allah remove our defects of character.

Step 7: We humbly ask Allah to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8: We made a list of persons we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9: We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11: We sought through Salaat* and Iqraa* to improve our understanding of Taqwa* and Ihsan.*

Step 12: Having increased our level of Iman (faith) and Taqwa, as a result of applying these steps, we carried this message to humanity and began practicing these principles in all our affairs.


*Salaat -Prayer Service in Islam

Praying to Almighty Allah five times a Day and asking for healing from our illnesses and addictions. According to Sufis “The Prayer is a drawing of the curtain, an invitation to a secret place that is discovered and explored. The Prayer–or Salat–was first taught by the angels, who themselves practiced it in celestial adoration. The Prayer is God’s gift to all humankind.” Immerse yourself in prayer and seek refuge from the demon of Eating Disorder.

Oh God, You Are Peace

Oh God,
You are peace.
From you comes peace,
To you returns peace.
Revive us with a salutation of peace,
And lead us to your abode of peace.
– Prophet Muhammad

*Iqra- Reading and studying


Reading and studying Qur’an daily.  The entire Qur’an is a source of healing.  Is there anything more beautiful, more powerful then the word of your Lord?

Six Quranic Verses of Healing:  Ayat Ash-Shifa

وَيَشْفِ صُدُورَ قَوْمٍ مُّؤْمِنِينَ

wa yashfi sudoora qawmin mumineena
And [God] shall heal the breast of the believers. (at-Tawba, 9:14)

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاء لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Yaa ayyuha an-naasu qad ja’atkum maw`izhatun min rabbikum wa shifaun limaa fee as-sudoori wa hudan wa rahmatun lil-mumineen

Mankind there has come to you a guidance from your Lord and a healing for (the diseases) in your hearts, and for those who believe a guidance and a mercy. (Yunus, 10:57)

َيخْرُجُ مِن بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاء لِلنَّاسِ

yakhruju min butooniha sharaabun mukhtalifun alwaanuhu feehi shifaun lin-naas

There issues from within the bodies of the bee a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for mankind. (an-Nahl, 16:69)

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاء وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Wa nunazzilu mina al-qurani ma huwa shifaun wa rahmatun lil-mumineen

And We sent down in the Quran such things that have healing and mercy for the believers (an-Najm, 17:82)

وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ

Wa idha maridtu fahuwa yashfeeni
And when I am ill, it is [God] who cures me.” (ash-Shu`ara, 26:80) (A supplication of Prophet Abraham [as])

قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاء

qul huwa lil-ladheena amanoo hudan wa shifaun

And declare (O Muhammad) that [the Quran] is a guidance and healing for the believers. (al-Fussilat, 41:44)

Taqqwa -G-d consciousness; proper Love and respect for Allah

O God, Make Us a Light

O God, illuminate our hearts with light,
our eyes with light and our ears with light;
and let there be light on our right and light on our left.
Let there be light above us and light below us;
let there be light in front of us and light behind us.
O God, make us a light.
– The Prophet’s Prayer

Ihsan- Though we cannot see Allah, He does see us.

You are not alone, Allah is with you. He has not abandoned you nor forsaken you. He is closer to you then your jugular vein.

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