Life without Anorexia

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'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Normal/Healthy eating.

Normal eating... what is that?
 Is that when you eat when you are hungry... or is it when you eat scheduled meal times?
  Is it when you only eat healthy food, or is it when you eat a bit of everything?

What is 'normal', healthy eating? That is something which is hard to answer. As normal is different for everybody.
  Some people only eat 3 big meals a day, and that works for them. Others need to eat 6 times a day.
  For some people eating vegan works for them, others need to eat meat/protein to feel as good as possible.
 
It is so different for everybody.

But for me, what i have learnt from experience. Eating 6 small meals a day, is the best. As it keeps the blood sugar from dropping and keeps your metabolism going all through the day.
  And as i have mentioned many times a day. To eat a bit of every food group each day.

My diet and eating patterns vary each day. Some mornings i might eat a huge breakfast, others i only take a sandwich and coffee. Somedays i eat exxtra dinner or an extra snack, others i take less.
    I listen to my body, and know that some days i need extra food and thats ok.
 
This next paragraph was written by:Ellyn Satter
 
“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should.
 
 Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food.
 
 Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good.
 
Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful.
 
Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be undereating at times and wishing you had more.
 
Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating.
 
Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.
 
In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings.”*
 
This next paragraph is written by  Karly Randolph Pitman:
 
I eat foods that make me feel good. I like a steak every now and then. A pizza is a favorite treat. I love colorful salads. Risotto is my idea of heaven. These things make me feel good, so I eat them. Sugar makes me depressed and wacks me out. Fried eggs give me the willies. Too many fake foods—think lots of processing and packaging—make me feel icky. So I usually abstain.

I eat what I really want. What I want to eat today may be different tomorrow. What I want in the winter may be different than what I crave in the summer. How nice that I can choose; that I don’t have to eat the same four things from a “good foods” list over and over again. Right now I’m in a raw fruit and vegetable phase, stemming from the heat wave we’re currently experiencing. But as the weather cools I crave warm, cooked vegetables and hearty soups. A few weeks ago, when my baby was going through a growth spurt (I’m a nursing mother), I had a hankering for nuts and nut butter. I followed my craving, got a spoon, and dove into the almond butter, without any guilt, shame, remorse or thoughts of calories.

I enjoy my food. I love food. I always have. And I’ve come to glory in that, rather than feel ashamed by it. Who started the lie, anyway, that women shouldn’t have an appetite? I’ve always had a hearty appetite, especially when I’m exercising regularly and nursing, as I am now. I have no qualms about getting a second helping, rather than undereating to be socially acceptable.


So there you have it. What is normal eating? It is eating after what your body needs and craves. When your body craves sugar.. dont  be scared to give it sugar. Of course that doesnt mean that you have to eat a huge 200g chocolate... but you know what... sometimes that is what your body needs/wants! And thats ok. As long as you dont do that everyday. there is no harm in it!
 listen to your body, adn dont listen to those silly diets where it tells you to not eat. To restrict or anythign else.

  Your body isnt lying. And know that if you overeat one day, that wont do any harm.




Now tell me... do you want tips or advice about what to eat? Or more 'food diarys'? :)
 
 

7 comments:

  1. You should write more food diaries.

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  2. Yes, some more tips and diaries would be cool! :)

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  3. thank you so much...im going to stop and reply again because everytime i finish typing my comment my screen freezes and i have to start all over so for now ill say thhhhaaaannnkkkk yyyyoooouuuu sssooooo much for replying to my previous post and then i'll come back later and post a whole thing about how much i love you and how amazing you are anywhooo yea... have a fabulous day and happy earoy christmas!!!!!

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    1. Ahhh. I hate when that happens!! Especially when the comment is really long!!! Haha!!
      This comment made me smile!! Who even youu are. You are so sweet :)
      And the same to yout!

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  4. great post :3 it's definitely good to have reminders!

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