Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'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!

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section as i am much quicker at answering there, otherwise you can always send an email: lifewithoutanorexia@hotmail.com

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Less focus on food

During recovery you need to take the focus away from food and your obsessions. You can spend your whole time thinking about food, calories, comparison with food, what you can or cant eat, good food or bad food etc etc but those types of thoughts you need to get rid of. Because food should be a part of your life like anything else in your life, it shouldnt take up all your thoughts and time.
   When i was sick i spent alot of time looking at recipes, collecting recipes, watching food shows, watching what others ate, wondering around food stores, looking at food online and their nutritional values, looking at calorie counters, thinking about the food i wanted to eat, i did alot of baking and made food for others, but never allowed myself to eat any of it. All of it was a sign of obsession with food... that was where my thoughts where, but during recovery you need to take your obsession away from food. Focus it on other things, on your hobbies and things you enjoy. You should eat food because you are hungry and you know you need it, somedays you need to eat even if you arent hungry just because you know you need it and otherwise you would eat too little which isnt good. Somedays there are more thoughts and planning going into food, that doesnt have to be a bad thing i mean there are people who cook food for a whole week because they are so busy otherwise, then there are some people who follow meal plans for most of their life and that works for them. That doesnt have to be wrong but in recovery when your obsession with food is at its worst then you need to break those thoughts.




And when thinking about it, my blog might not be the best help for that. Because YES, I KNOW there are food pictures, there is talking about food etc but i am now going to try to cut back on that as best i can. There will still be food pictures and sometimes random talking about food, because it is a part of my life. But no, the focus shouldnt be there. Its mostly for a lack of words or nothing better to write, but then in all honesty its better to just not write at all. So i am going to cut back on posting my snacks and meals and that, as that might not be necessary here anyway. I eat for myself, what i am craving.... i dont need to mention that i ate chocolate or that i just ate a fruit salad etc Of course if i want, to i will.... but in general, i will try to post more about other things. To try to take away the focus on food, instead focus on other things. Positivity, happiness, recovery, health, different hobbies, coping mechanisms etc
    I might even cut back more on personal posts, instead just focus on recovery posts.... or i dont know really. But some things have happened which make me feel a little apprehensive about writing about my personal life, i dont know how much to share... i want to write about my days, what i do etc but then i think does anyone even care about that, hahah!!
  So i'll see, maybe there will just be like 2 recovery posts a day instead of 5 different, random posts a day!

Hopefully you will appreciate the less focus on food here on my blog and hopefully it will help you :)

And i plan on writing a post about how to focus less on food :)


10 comments:

  1. Izzy! I LOVE YOUR POSTS ABOUT!!! It is normal! It shows you are HEALTHY as well as your attitude over food! Well you're roht, there is FOOD on your blog but it is NORMAL and HEALTHY! Because you are not sick anymore! It shows us that health and beig recoverd means being OKAY with food! And this is awesome! It is YOU! And that's why we love you and why we read your blog! Please don't chane anything :) we, your followers and readers, love you and like you always say there will always be really bored people who will talk stupid things and look for a while but well... It's their problem and also they are sick or NOT sick that's why they don't understand it.
    Love!
    Lulu

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    1. being fully recovered is not thinking about food all day and bringing it up all day. fixation on food is part of EDs

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  2. "Eat to live, not live to eat." Good idea to cut down a bit, because food is not all that matters in life! We need it to live, literally, but it's not what makes life the awesome adventure it is! Food is not the highlight of a day, just something we need, like breathing! It's cool-cool to appreciate a nice meal but when it becomes the main focus/memory, that's not very cool.

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    1. This is true, thats why im planning to cut down because it looks like its the focus in my posts but there is so much more to my life than food, though as i dont write out every detail of my life its easy that i just write about that instead. but now im going to change that :)

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  3. I enjoy the food posts and what you write. Also seeing your meals :( I also like your personal posts... It makes it more different and personal then. I don't think you should change. But it's your decision

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  4. Heres my opinion: I think posts about food, snack pictures etc can help normalize food for people in recovery who are still anxious and afraid of eating. By randomly showing pictures of the food you eat and like other people can feel more comfortable eating themselves and maybe get some inspiration and willpower to eat. When you are in recovery and your mind is still malnourished you will, no matter what, have a weird obsession with food. With time, as you get better, your view and thoughts about food will change and you won't be that obsessed. A person who is in early stages of recovery will think differently about the pictures and food posts than a person who is close to recovered or completely heathy. Than person will just scroll through the post, read it, maybe get some inspiration and tips and not obsess or think much more about it. You cant control how each reader react to your posts or pictures, it is so individual. I know for me, I like to read you blog and get inspiration for meals and snack ideas, or even if i am not hungry but know I should eat something the pictures might help me get my appetite up a bit and give me tips on what I can have for lunch etc :)
    I really like the food posts and pictures and think your blog wouldn't be the same without it. As I said, no matter what, people will react differently and it is never your responsibility. I don't really see anything negative in you blogging about food, meals etc. it is one of the most important things in life. And even though the sickness might make you obsess for a while, a healthier person would obsess like that no matter what.
    Of course you can blog about whatever you like! I just wanted to let you know that I really like your posts about everyday life and food, and also that you update your blog so often. makes it more fun to read and it feels like you have more "contact" with your readers! :)

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  5. Izzy you're so much more than your food! I love reading your thoughts on so many subjects and I think those posts are much 'better' (I don't mean to compare like that heh). You're an incredibly interesting person and of course we'd love to see more of other posts! :)

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  6. Izzy, in my opinion, you shouldn't stop writing about food and personal posts. It decscibes how a normal life looks like. That food is part of our life. I love to read about your day, what have you get through during whole week. I admire you and I would be the happiest person in the world, if I can get my normal life back. And you are sort of an example of that it is possible for everybody overcome the anorexia and depression. So please, don't stop posting personal posts and food tips. I want to see how a content life looks like. And you are a great motivation to that!

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  7. Izzy, in my opinion, you shouldn't stop writing about food and personal posts. It decscibes how a normal life looks like. That food is part of our life. I love to read about your day, what have you get through during whole week. I admire you and I would be the happiest person in the world, if I can get my normal life back. And you are sort of an example of that it is possible for everybody overcome the anorexia and depression. So please, don't stop posting personal posts and food tips. I want to see how a content life looks like. And you are a great motivation to that!

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