New Year , New Attitude to Recovery

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New Year, New Attitude to Recovery 

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2016.  With so much happening in the area of Full Freedom and Recovery we wanted to keep you up to date with what is happening here in Marino Therapy Centre.

This time of the year can be very challenging for people in Recovery from Eating Distress. We are bombarded by so much confusing information on a daily and sadly much of it is very unhelpful. We can often find ourselves suffocated by brands and companies giving nutritional advice, This can often contribute to people’s Eating Distress and body dissatisfaction. January is a wonderful opportunity to focus on the motivation we want to build for our progress in 2016. Here are some helpful tips which may help you along the way :

What is Motivation?

Motivation comes from the word ‘motive’, which is an impulse that cases a person to act. Motivation is an internal process that makes a person move toward their goal. Motivation results from the interaction of conscious and subconscious factors.

What Motivates us in Recovery?

There are many people who set new goals each New Year and succeed in keeping them. Their secret is not in will power and superhuman capacities, but in their wisdom, determination and setting realistic goals.
This concept is especially important for people recovering from an Eating Distress (ED). Stay away from unrealistic, lofty resolutions and remember that the quickest way to Freedom from ED is small manageable steps like these:

  • Be aware of your feelings and emotions and what they are teaching you
  • Express gratitude regularly
  • Keep journaling learning 
  • Practice self-reliance in recovery
  • Practice compassion for yourself
  • Connect to people and work on relationships
  • Let go of postponing
  • Share your goals with people and be proud of your progresses

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

How would you like to express yourself in 2016?
Where you would like to be this year?
What would you like 2016 to be for you?
Recognise & describe your progress made last year.

How would you like to describe 2016 in December of 2016?

Useful Information when Fueling our Treasure Box (Body)

Did You Know…

Did you know that the Avocado is known as the Alligator Pear? It is because the shape and the leather-like skin. The name came original from Aztec word ‘ahuacati’ and today we consider this fruit one of the best super-foods and one of the healthiest, very nutrient-dense fruits in the world.

Avocado has a lot to offer:

  • It is very good for your heart
  • It contains high levels of vitamin B6 and natural folic acid, which regulates the production of homocysteine, which enhances brain and cardiovascular health
  • It has 30 % more potassium than banana which plays a critical role in regulating your blood pressure
  • It is very good for your skin, it contains glutathione, which eliminates toxins and free radicals that cause cell damage. As a result, you get fairer and glowing skin, fewer wrinkles, and a firmer body
  • It is very good for improving your digestive functions. The fruit contains nutrients and enzymes that prevent inflammation in the gut
  • It helps promotes regulating your blood sugar levels
  • It promotes healthy pregnancy. Avocado is a rich source of folic acid – a nutrient that plays a crucial role in foetal development
  • It can help you with clearer vision . You may have heard about the carotenoid leutein – an antioxidant that has beneficial effects to your eyes. Avocado can provide you a generous supply of lutein which protects your eyes from oxidative stress – a condition that usually leads to macular degeneration, cataract, and poor eyesight
  • It boosts brain health. Avocado benefits your brain just as it benefits your body. According to Dr. Daniel G. Amen, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, avocado is among the best foods for brain health, and has the ability to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The nutrient responsible for this benefit is folate, which helps prevent the formation of brain tangles that are considered a risk factor for Alzheimer’s.

A little Thank you 

Thank you to everyone who attended our January workshop ‘New Year – New Attitude to Recovery’ workshop. What a wonderful Sunday. It was so nice to see group of such dedicated ‘Freedom Fighters’. The will to recover and the motivation was inspiring.

Parents & Carers Workshop

Due to demand following our previous carers workshop we are delighted to announce that our next Parents & Carers Workshop will be help on April 17th 2016 in The Skylon Hotel .

The following topics will be covered on the day :

Stages of Recovery
Nutritional Issues
Verbal Motivation
How to Prevent Relapses
Helping your loved one to help herself/himself
Steps to your Own Freedom
Questions and Answers

Limited places are available. If you would like to book a place please phone Gerry in the office on 01 857 6901 or email us at
Click here to download a booking form

Literature Recommedation

Many people with Eating Distress are diagnosed with dyslexia, another label that is often misunderstood. There is a wonderful book called “Creative Successful Dyslexic” by Margaret Rooke, which could bring hope to people in this situation. This book explains this condition and helps us see how dyslexia can be used to our advantage. People like David Bailey, Charles Boorman, Sir Richard Branson, Sophie Conran, Steven Naismith, Sir Jack Stewart and many others are sharing their stories.


On another note… 
We love the idea of other people contributing to our newsletter and sharing their opinions and insights. Please feel free to submit anything that you feel other people would like to read.  It can be anything from jokes, poetry, tips which have helped you in the past, your comments or if you just want to let off some steam, anything of interest would be greatly appreciated as we have noticed that every person who walks through MTC doors is multitalented so go on, put those gifts to use. Simply email us at


Groups Meetings in Marino Therapy Centre:

Tuesdays: 8. 00pm – 9. 30pm – Sufferers only

Saturdays: 10.30am – 12. 00pm – Carers & Sufferers

Groups in Limerick:
For further information contact Eating Distress practitioner Catherine O Grady at 086 195 3537
or visit

Self Help Online:
People in recovery and their families/carers can support one another on the website
Iceberg ED Self Help (
This website is run by and moderated by professionals and people who are fully recovered from Eating Distress

Dare to Live SOS
Visit  for lots of interesting and helpful recovery articles from people who have personal experiences surviving suicide.