Good Grub Club
- to support individuals suffering from eating disorders in a group setting enabling them to go on supporting themselves and each other
- to assist in building the evidence base of what support helps those with eating disorders, particularly those who are also recovering from addiction
What we did:
Altogether we had 26 participants on the course, with a 50/50 male/female split. Through these meetings:
- participants discussed various food eating habits and patterns, which allowed them to have a better understanding of their own relationship with food
- participants were able to share their stories with one another, and support each other in their individual journeys
- we held workshops about food from different regions of the UK and from around the world to encourage a more healthy interest in food
- we held workshops on the science behind food. For example we discussed the different components of foods - calories/ carbohydrates/ salt/ protein etc - and how much we need them, and in which food they can be found. This gave participants a better understanding of a healthy diet and moved them away from looking at fad crash diets
- We held workshops on mindfulness around food, so participants could better understand, enjoy and appreciate their relationship with food
- We have increasingly seen a range of eating disorders surface within our community of recovering addicts over the past few years, as well as a number of instance of body dysmorphia and compulsive exercising.
- Recently we have become aware of an unhealthy obsession with particular 'fad' diets that appears to be spreading. It is widely recognised that these behaviours are problematic and phrases have passed into common usage within the community such as "putting down the drugs only to pick up the fork"
- Many of these eating disorders impact on recovery from addiction, often leading people back into active drug/ alcohol use due to guilt, shame or through self-punishment. Numerous studies have shown high levels of correlation between substance abuse and eating disorders
A weekly men's 'exploring eating' group
A weekly women's 'my body and me' group
A quarterly collective workshop
What we learnt:
- We developed a workshop format which is now being taken forward in other Comas projects, such as 20 More, working on a neighbourhood basis.
- We have used the experience to develop a CPD training workshop, introducing new staff and trainees to the issues surrounding food, eating habits and recovery
- Materials supporting further group work on healthy eating, healthy eating habits, and our relationship with food informed by mood, are now available for further use in our projects and through other drug and alcohol projects in our network.
8 Jackson’s Entry | Edinburgh | EH8 8PJ 0131 556 8765 | www.comas.org.uk
Scottish Charity SCO39670 | Company Ltd SC363674