The key is to find a non-destructive habit to replace the bad one. Doing this is doesn't have to be difficult, all it takes is having a dream and making it your goal. But it does take effort and determination, and the goal fairly reasonable. It's also important not to give oneself too much stress as this can only exacerbate the problem. There are actually many people who have healthy obsessions with activities, like the scientist bent on his research project, or a volunteer worker striving to help people, religious workers, athletes, musicians...basically anyone who is a professional at something had to work long and hard at it, and usually because they wanted to, because they love what they do!
I'm not quite sure what I'm getting at here. Since EDs are so complicated I know it's not possible to just drop everything like it never happened. But I feel like my ED distracts me so much from really living and that without it I would be able to accomplish so much more. If you could trade in your eating disorder for the chance to do anything, what would you do (or not do)?