Focusing on all things Green Thinking this March

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Focusing on all things Green this March

March is the month where in Ireland and around the world we are celebrating St.Patrick’s Day. There is a lot of green around during this month as preparations are underway for events and festivals about to take place. When we are recovering from an Eating Distress we are primarily building up green/freedom thoughts is our mind in order to conquer the red/condition thoughts. It can be challenging to continue to remind ourselves of green thoughts on a daily basis, so any time you are walking around this march and spot something green, use it as an anchor and say to yourself “Give me 5 green thoughts right now” . It can be anything, credit. gratitude or even visualising how you will speak to yourself when you are fully free.
Let’s gather the green and prepare for our Freedom Festival this March 🙂

Reflections from Freedom

Below is a beautiful poem submitted by a fully recovered Freedom Fighter. “This poem is inspired by how much more of the world I can and want to take in since recovering.”

Wake Up.

Wake up,
Awaken your eyes to the world. And get up.
Stop squinting out through yesterday’s smeared makeup,
Commit to clearing your bleary vision and actually show up.

Stop greeting the day half engaged in a dazed dance with the snooze button
Opting for the hazed trance of foggy-eyed grogginess,
the endearing romance with a bed still warm with the night’s comforting sleep.
Instead, plant your feet.
Firm in a stance that gives full, indulgent view.
A view of the expanse that unfolds in the world of awakened eyes.

Wake up to the sights that excite each and every sense,
The plethora of possibility you vividly see – when you focus.
When you zoom out of the blur into life’s artistic smatterings of patterns,
Each splatter of experience igniting the taste buds of our minds –
A vibrant feast for the eyes,
Abundant aperitifs of life’s little pleasures.

Wake up.
Wake up to the curl of the snowdrop’s neck,
The cheeky squirrel strutting in front of your next step.
To the glint in the eyes of laughter, to the bellyache that follows after.

Open your eyes to the prize of connection –
The squeeze of a hand, the lingering look
The tumbling out of words that had been stuck –
Open up.

Open your mind to the details that lace each waking moment.
Each opportunity, each chance to be real
The unique privilege of being able to feel.

Welcome the world of wakeful wonder.
Stop allowing the allure of snooze pull you under,
Pry apart the lids of your vision
And finally,
Wake up.


Below is another powerful submission from a recovered Freedom Fighter :

Goodbye ED

“I HAD NO IDEA… That you can recover from an eating disorder. I think there needs to be more focus on this… It is 100% very possible to recover from an eating disorder, I’m living proof!
Recovery is for everyone and it’s so very worth it, all you have to do is hope and believe, in yourself and in recovery! It all starts with our thinking…. So change your thoughts and you’ll change your world… Recovery IS possible.
ED you are no longer welcome in my life, for so long I let you control me but now it’s time for me to take back control.
I won’t miss you and all the awful things you said because now I realise they were all lies.
Behaviours, that was all I knew. You no longer own me or define me, all you were was a crutch I fell back on when I didn’t know how to cope.
I no longer need, want or deserve you in my life. For so long I was scared but I deserve more, a better way to cope.
I now own you I take full responsibility for you, I’ve packed you up and sent you on your way I’ve let you go.
I now allow myself to be fully free.”


Stamp Out the Snakes

“Patience can conquer destiny”
( Old Irish proverb )

For hundreds of years the world has celebrated St. Patrick’s day. The holiday is an annual event that grows bigger every year, and is highlighted by countless parades and parties, and glittering celebrations that bring so many people of so manydifferent races, religions and countries together in a carnival atmosphere that continues on for days. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? One of the reasons that St. Patrick is so revered in Ireland is because he is reputed to have rid our island of snakes.

When we have an Eating Disorder, all our negativity creeps up around us like a snake that is ready to choke all the positivity and life out of us. All our feelings of self worth and self-confidence, and self-awareness are slowly strangled until there is nothing left but sadness, insecurity, loneliness and negative feelings. Make today the day when you mentally stamp out the snake that is ruining your life. Make today the day when your life is set free from this strangling influence. Focus on the feelings that are sapping your energy, and refuse to indulge them just for today – try it and see how good you feel as a result.
Then, when you’ve experienced one day living without the demons that bite at your ankles, chances are you’ll want another day like that.

Remember – even St. Patrick didn’t stamp out all evil in one day. Give yourself time and conquer one snake a time – some days you’ll conquer the big ones, some days you’ll conquer the little ones.

An excerpt from From Recovery Now – 365 tips to Rid Yourself of an Eating Distress.Available Now :

What’s in a Name?

When dealing with psychological conditions of any sort, the sufferer tends to be identified not by his or her name or title, but by that of the disorder.  The sufferer is an ‘alcoholic’, ‘schizophrenic’, ‘druggie’, anorexic’, bulimic’, etc.  But these are merely names that define an aspect of the condition not the sufferer himself or herself.  When a disorder is a physical one, the descriptions tend to be a bit less character definitive.  For example, you do not hear of a sufferer of cancer ‘being canceric!’.

Impersonal labels fail to see the sufferer as a person; an existing, living human being who is suffering and in pain.  Remember that the condition does not describe who the person is.  Most sufferers have exceptional talents, are extremely creative,  and compassionate.  In fact, most sufferers, once they have achieved a high stage of recovery, usually appreciate their talents and put them to optimum use – and Live!  By demoting us and our condition to a label, we are no longer perceived as living entities – merely examples of a disease…

Food for Thought

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds

750g (1 ½ lbs) trimmed sprouts
15g (½ oz) butter
1 tbsp oil
75g (3oz) diced smoked bacon
15g (½ ) almond flakes
175 ml double cream
Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
Salt and Pepper
Squeeze of lemon


  1. Cook sprouts in already boiling water until not quite cooked.
  2. Drain and pat dry with a towel.
  3. Heat the butter and oil in a wide frying pan or wok.
  4. Add bacon and almond and saute until lightly brown.
  5. Add sprouts and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring.
  6. Draw off the heat and allow to cook for a few seconds before adding the cream and zest.
  7. Return to the heat and stirring frequently, cook for about 4 minute to reduce to a thick sauce.
  8. Season, add the lemon and serve.

Almond,  Coconut and Goji Berry Slices

Some of you were asking me about the Goji Berry Slices here it is, pity I cannot e-mail them straight to you, they taste wonderful 🙂 Goji berry slices can be a great desert or a great snack they are very easy to make and very nourishing. Instead of worrying  whether or not you can put weight on from them, remind yourself that coconut is a superfood and it can help build up your metabolic rate and your immune system.

Goji berries are so rich in nutrients and can have a great impact on your health. Some claim that goji berries are the next fountain of youth. Many studies showed that  eating berries – like goji berries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds and they can even improved concentration,  memory loss and you can find many other benefits …
So, let’s be creative and treat the body to some wonderful nutritional dense jelly slices and please share how you found them 🙂

Ingredients :
2 cups of water
1 block of orange or lemon jelly
1cup of creamed coconut

Preparation :

  1. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the jelly and stir until it dissolves
  2. Stir in 1 cup of cream coconut and mixed all together until smooth
  3. Then add:

3 table spoons Tibetan dried goji berries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of ground almonds
2 cups of yogurt
3 sachets of gelatine

When everything is mixed together pour into a dish and leave it to set in the refrigerator


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