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ValentinaGermania
There was a list posted here, I think it was posted by toothfairy, but I cannot find it at the moment.
A list what you should do and what not to get started. Things like "keep them out of the kitchen", "do not take them with you for grovery" etc. Does anyone know where I can find that for a new parent?
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Foodsupport_AUS
I have never kept a copy of the list, I am pretty sure I know the one you are referring to. Toothfairy has removed her posts so unless there is a copy elsewhere it is gone. 🙁
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Mostly recovered 10 years later.  Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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Enn
Helpful Re-Feeding Tips From fellow - shared with author’s permission.
Many of us (not all) here follow (or have followed, and been successful with) FBT -Family Based Therapy - Here are some useful tips.
1. You prepare meals

2. Do not allow your child in the kitchen during meal prep
3. Your child should not go grocery shopping.
4. Toilet before meal and no toilet for at least an hour afterwards.
5. If purging is suspected, use an open door policy in the bathroom, or have them count or sing whilst in there. And no flushing
6. Do not negotiate - whatever you serve has to be eaten
7. Use whatever leverage you have - phone, Internet, tv - whatever they hold dear is to be removed if they refuse to eat, until they have eaten. If they're older and are not financially independent, this is your leverage
8. Separate the two - Your child is not the ED
9. Detach yourself from the situation during meals. Do not get drawn into emotional discussions. THIS IS NOT UP FOR NEGOTIATION
10. Remember that your child wants to recover - the ED is stopping them
11. Your child needs your permission to eat. They need you to stand up to ED as they do not have the strength to do so themselves
12. 3 meals and 3 snacks per day (supervised) - do not deviate from this. Add time limits to the meals (as a guide/goal!). Ours (and the hospitals) was 30 mins for meals and 15 mins for snacks. In the early days this could extend A LOT. I made my Ds meal times
the same as they'd be at school so that when she transitioned back to full time it would be easier and less anxiety provoking.
13. High calories are needed throughout re-feeding with lots of full fat dairy. Some need as much as 6,000 cals with hyper metabolism, but the norm would be minimum 3500-4000 cals (for you to track not your child)
14. When they know you will not negotiate, I promise you will see the weight lifted from their shoulders... If only for very short periods
15. BE THE CAGE that keeps ED away from your child
16. When food is eaten be mum / dad again and have cuddles if they'll let you
17. 24/7 supervision - I slept with my D for 4 months - this will protect against them purging through vomiting or exercise. Many patients will exercise alone at night for hours on end when nobody else is awake.
18. All sport may need to stop in the early stages, and for those who compulsively exercised this could be long term.
19. Be consistent, consistent consistent!
20. Don't congratulate them after a meal or say 'well done' - just cheer inwardly! Likewise when (for girls) their period returns!
21. Learn from others. I found stories of other parents journey through recovery to be extremely helpful.
22. Recommended reading: 'Brave Girl Eating' by Harriet Brown
23. Be prepared for resistance, and lots of it! You will find your own way to manage this, but NEVER back down. Any compromise is a win for ED. Remember, you have to see the beast to slay beast!
24. Making decisions / choices is extremely difficult for them (painful to watch). This is true in areas outside of food too. If you've tried to hand over some control of a meal or snack and notice that they are struggling, that is an indication that it is
too soon and that you need to be making those decisions for them.
25. Sometimes distraction helps during meal times. That can come in the form of games,TV, music. Whatever it is you control it and it only continues with eating.
26. Make sure all weighing scales are removed from the house.
27. Lean on us - you have 24/7 support here as We are International .
28. In some cases FBT isn't an option, generally if there are co-morbid’s such as ASD and BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) . It may just be that FBT needs to be tweaked, or that a different approach is needed. There are many here who have found ways to
work around those co-morbids.
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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Enn
this is the list that toothfairy had posted. Remember this is NOT FBT. These are some helpful hints as to how some people have handled ED in their homes. Some of these "lessons" were hard earned so the author is sharing as to help others that are starting out. I know I had no clue about any of those things on the list when I started out and to have had this at the beginning would have be very useful to me. 

This is a guide and one may need to tailor certain things on the list to suit their particular circumstances. 
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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ValentinaGermania
I have never kept a copy of the list, I am pretty sure I know the one you are referring to. Toothfairy has removed her posts so unless there is a copy elsewhere it is gone. 🙁


This is very sad that Toothfairy has removed her posts. I did not recognize that up to now but now I understand why I could not find it any more.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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ValentinaGermania
Thanks Scaredmom, this seems to be the list I was looking for, I will save a copy now.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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