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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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Answers part 2

1. Do you still like reading books?

Yeah I still like reading books, I just haven't had the time for it recently :/ also haven't known what to read. Or I know Jodi picoult has published a new book recently so once I get a chance I want to read that book :) otherwise if anyone has any good recommendations that would be great :)

2. How do you deal with people (e.g. friends) judging people who suffer from an ed. Last week I heard somebody say: "this ugly anorexic girl" and I was quietly shocked.

I haven't dealt too much with this though I hate when people make jokes about eating disorders. Then I just want to jump in and start reminding people of the fact that eating disorders are mental illnesses and that the people aren't stupid, but are infact ill and need help.  In the type of situations where people say things which can be offending or judge people who suffer from eating disorders it is best to stay calm though it can also be helpful to remind the person/people that eating disorders are mental illnesses. However sometimes that fact will never be grasped by certain people and they will always judge people with eating disorders. Some people can't be reasoned with and instead feel sorry for them. Not sure if I actually answered your question but staying calm and if you want to, then tell them that their comments were rude and unnecessary.  (I've said this to friends and family before when they have made comments about other people or other people's appearances.)

3. What do you think about the saying "time heals"?

I think that time heals some wounds but not all wounds. There are certain wounds and scars which won't be healed over time, though acting rashly just because of certain overwhelming feelings or emotions isn't a good idea. Instead it's important to be patient ad let time do its job. For example with break ups. ... in the beginning they are awful and you feel awful but in time, whether it's 6 months, a year, 5 years those feelings will pass and it won't be as painful anymore.  Though it's not just time that heals,it's actively making changes so that YOU change. If you refuse to let go of feelings or emotions then they won't change or go away.

4. Have you talked with A about your past after it became clear that he knew about it? Has it changed something between you (since that was a fear of yours if I remember correctly)?

The only change that happened is positive. Now I am completely honest and I can tell him that now I'm going to blog or now I'm going to spend an hour answering emails and he understands that. But also being honest about my past. ... Granted he doesn't know everything and that's ok, he doesn't needs to know everything. But he knows what I've been through and has better understanding for me and times when I'm feeling low. He is very understanding and sees me for who I am now even if he knows my past :) I am so glad that he is understanding of my past and also how I blog.  If it's a good thing that he knows, because now when I take pictures of food or take selfies he doesn't question it, or when I wit and write on the computer :) I definitely think you should be honest about your illnesses if you are wuth someone and you know it's more than just a fling. If your partner can't deal with it, then you know it's not right and it's for the best that the relationship doesn't continue. Because in all honesty if my boyfriend couldn't accept that I blog, spend time on social media as well as love taking photos of everything then I don't think the relationship would have a future.
Hey Izzy,
I've been recovering from orthorexia/anorexia for about 5 months now. I find that I get really bad stomach pains if I eat anything with margarine/butter/oil etc. For example, I had some of my brother's leftover popcorn and I didn't realize he had but margarine on it. I ate it, but had a horrible stomach ache for about an hour. Will these feelings go away the more I try and incorporate these foods into my diet?

I can't tell you exactly whether those feelings will pass or not.  However I feel the same way - my body finds it hard to digest fats so when I eat food with a lot of oil, butter etc I get alot of stomach pain, bloating and indigestion so I avoid high fat meals. Though the only thing which is ok is nuts, a small amount of egg yolks and salmon otherwise other high fat foods give me stomach cramps. So it could be something like that, that your body has a hard time digesting fatty food. Then you can try taking enzymes or eating more of a high carb diet and less fats. Though your body still needs healthy fats so see if you can get healthy fats from other foods. I would test different foods,different oils and butters and then note hoe your stomach reacts because it could be that your stomach finds it harder to digest certain foods or it is fats in general. So make a little food diary and note hoe your stomach reacts when and why/what you ate. 

Also ask yourself has it always been like this or is it something recent?  That can help you figure things out and whether you need to just incorporate more of those foods into your diet or try to eliminate them.

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