Ezekiel Bread. Fiber One. Rice cakes. PB2. Quest Bars. Shiritaki noodles. Arctic Zero. Egg whites. Walden Farms. Special K. Almond milk. Sugar free/fat free/carb free mush. I see these foods all of the time on recovery accounts and are generally safer foods for those with and recovering from eating disorders. I wanted to give my two cents on what I think about eating these “diet” foods in recovery, and for anyone for that matter. Of course, our opinions might differ and that is totally fine. Please respect my opinion and I will respect yours. I cut out eating all of these triggering diet-y foods when I went to the ERC (obviously they’re not going to feed us this stuff!). And for about 4 months after treatment, I did not go grocery shopping. My mom did not purchase these foods. I didn’t really have any say in what I ate. When you are first beginning your recovery, I think it is EXTREMELY important to cut out these “diet” foods. I know that a lot of us struggle with distinguishing whether we like a food for its taste or whether we like it for its nutritional information. Cutting out all of these foods and eating 100% of “the real deal” (temporarily) can help you overcome fear foods and realize what foods you genuinely like. Also, especially if you are weight restoring, these foods are typically very low in calories for the volume of food. All of the fiber and protein will make eating uncomfortable especially while your digestive system is still healing. And your digestive system WILL need to heal regardless of your specific ED or your weight. But this winter, I started trying a few of these foods again. Because I honestly believe that telling someone in recovery that they cannot eat egg whites, protein bars, dairy-free milk EVER again is disordered in itself. That’s labeling food as being “good” and “bad”. A large part of recovery is eliminating this black and white thinking. Having the occasional pint of Arctic Zero because you like the consistency does not necessarily mean that you are giving into your ED. Overtime, I have worked a lot on learning whether I really like foods or not, and knowing which foods are just too ED driven. I prefer eating whole eggs to egg whites. I like Cookie Dough Quest Bars a lot. But I also like to eat Chips Ahoy cookies. Walden Farms products and PB2 are just two things that I know I shouldn’t eat for my mental health. They are too triggering right now. It is a slippery slope however. You shouldn’t be replacing your favorite flavor of Ben and Jerry’s with Arctic Zero. But you can find balance between the two if you genuinely enjoy eating both. I find balance by not always having these diet/safe foods on hand. I know that if I always had Ezekiel bread, I would probably end out not eating “real” bread. If you find yourself relying too much on Quest bars or whatever food it is, maybe you know it’s time to veer off of it for a while and see whether you just really really like the taste or whether it’s ED driven. You should not be eating these foods to replace foods that you love because of their nutritional value. But it’s wrong to label them “bad” or “good”. I don’t think that it’s fair to restrict those in ED remission from foods that they genuinely like the taste of. What is your opinion on this topic? Which of these foods do you actually like the taste of?