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Life After Emotional & Binge Eating

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Or do you avoid them? Based on the style of our lessons in The Diet Survivor’s Handbook, we invite you to “reflect” on this topic!

Mirrors can become a tool of self-acceptance. Learn how to use your reflection in a way that helps you build a more positive body image.

Ah …the mirror! What do you see when you look at your reflection? Does it lead to self-recrimination or even the next diet? Do you allow yourself to look at yourself in the mirror, or do you just take a quick glance at your face on the way out the door? The mirror can be your friend or enemy. If looking in the mirror leads you to yell at yourself or call yourself names, then it negatively affects your self-esteem. Furthermore, speaking to yourself in a harsh manner creates anxiety, which always puts you at risk of overeating. Using the mirror to berate yourself is never a helpful act.

On the other hand, getting to know yourself through the use of the mirror can help you to build an environment of acceptance that will increase your physical and mental well-being. Knowing how your body looks and letting go of judgments will help you at other times, such as when you see your image reflected back in photos or on video. Being able to look at yourself in the mirror, without self-recrimination, is an important aspect of self-acceptance.

When you look in the mirror and use words such as “disgusting, “too fat,” or “yuck” to describe yourself, you are

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