Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Director of Content and Social Media at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
It is no question that the Internet is saturated: from social media platforms to online resources and everything in between.
There are many aspects of having the world at your fingertips that are helpful and that can be used in a positive way, but the landscape of the Internet can be a challenging one to navigate through as well.
When in recovery from an eating disorder, it is important to be proactive about using the Internet in a manner that supports recovery efforts. Surrounding oneself in a positive environment creates a strong foundation for maintaining recovery for the long-term.
Apps that Support Recovery
With the advancements of technology, new apps and platforms are being developed that specifically help support the individual in recovery from an eating disorder. Given the amount of time that we spend on our phones, tablets, and computer screen, utilizing apps that help support recovery efforts can be a practical way to upkeep the day to day things that keep progress moving forward.
If you are in recovery from an eating disorder and looking for some helpful tools to support your efforts, consider checking out the following apps:
- Recovery Record: This app allows you to connect with treatment professionals you might be working with in an outpatient setting. You have the capacity to track your meals, as way as document how you are feeling throughout the day. This can be a wonderful accountability source, especially as you can communicate with your treatment team.
- Optimism: This app helps you track how you are feeling throughout the day, helping you understand possible triggers that may be affecting your eating disorder.
- Rise Up and Recover: This app allows you to connect with inspiration throughout the day through positive images and aspirations. You can also track your meals and emotions and export files to share with any member of your treatment team.
- Eating Disorder Assessment: Are you unsure if you or someone you care for has an eating disorder? This app takes you through a series of questions about your general health and behaviors to help you determine if you should seek out professional treatment for what you are going through.
There are many more resources and apps available outside of what is reviewed in this list. Search eating disorder recovery in the app store of your smart phone or tablet and connect with positive resources today. The good news is that you are not alone and can find a community of others to network with that support your recovery journey.
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About the Author: Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.
As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.
The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.
We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on October 16, 2016
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