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, May 28, 2016

2 videos about my transition to plant based eating and answering your questions

Finally i have gotten around to filming and uploading the videos!! Hhaah, its just taken me a week or so to do. Though i had already filmed the videos twice but they werent exactly the best so had to remake them, and today i started the process of filmin at 12.30 and everything was uploaded and ready now by 5pm and i havent even edited the videos because i decided to just sit and talk instead of trying to do any type of fancy editing!

I havent watched the videos myself as i hate to see myself on camera but hopefully i actually answer the questions and talk about the right things and that i dont say "uhhh" too often ;) But i had to use my normal camera so i couldnt see myself while filming, so no idea how i look... but oh well!!

If you have any more questions or wonder anything just comment and i'll be happy to answer or make a written post answering any questions or things you wonder about :)


Update.. ive watched a few minutes of the videos and i am SO SORRY about that annoying noise i make inbetween sentenaces sometime. My throat was so dry and i didnt drink anything while talking... so i am so sorry. If i make more videos i will be more aware to try to not do that noise (though i dont make it when i am talking naturally with people!!!) I blame it on the cold i have which is why i cough during the videos as well. But i hope you can try to not think about that noise, hahaha.



25 comments:

  1. :)
    What about socially with people outside your family?
    & what about other ethical aspects of food -- e.g. import trade etc?
    (I'm afraid I tend to feel that ethics of eating gets so complicated that in the end I give up worrying about vast areas of the issues, because "life's too short" type thinking)

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    1. With the social bit I haven't experienced it yet I. E if I travel, eat out or am with friends. But I'll update then ;) and with import. ... well I do eat food that is imported, I mean exotic fruit,non swedish brands as well but I do my best to eat local products and buy swedish brand food and things such as recycle, walk and things like that for the planet. I don't think eating should be complicated. .. eating this way isn't complicated at all. I think the more you think about things and over analyse rhe harder it can be. Such as I had a period of "what does it matter if I don't eat meat, one person doesn't make a difference." But if everyone thinks like that then of course there is no difference. But one person does make a difference. Such as if everyone just throws litter on the ground and thinks.. well it's just one time or what does it matter if I litter, but if everyone thinks like that then there would always be litter on the ground. But if everyone thinks "one person can make a change and difference in the world" then it's a huge step forward :) and with people who think "life's too short, I'll be dead anyway" I dislike those people alot. Just because a person won't be alive when the climate change hits even harder and there is over population and epidemics doesn't mean that they should keep making it worse while they are alive just because they won't experience it in the future. Even if a person doesn't want children, they still need to think about the future generations and how to make things better for the future so that things don't keep doing downwards.

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    2. Thank you so much for this reply :)

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  2. Thanks for making these videos!!! It's really interesting to hear your opinion on veganism. I myself am not vegan, however, I do tend to avoid dairy as it gives me really bad stomach aches :( have you tried almond milk? I find it makes lovely pancakes, waffles, muffins, etc. And I love drinking chocolate almond milk!! Super yummy :)
    Right now, I'm recovering from restrictive eating and orthorexia, but becoming a vegetarian (or even pescetarian) is something I'd like to do in the future. Right now, it's not the best option for me and I know that. But I've been exposed to the meat industry and it disgusts me. I try and eat meatless at least once a week, but I make sure to eat plenty of beans, lentils, eggs, verbs, and protein supplements on those days!
    I recently found this AMAZING black bean pasta....it looks like spaghetti, but is made completely from black beans! It tastes really good :)

    Thanks again for everything!

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    1. The important thing is to do what is best for YOU at "THIS" point of time in your life. I mentioned in one of my videos that i dont think being a vegan is the best when recoverin from an eating disorder, but instead being open to eat everything and then later on in life if you want to make changes to your diet. But in recovery just being open to eat everything instead of "i cant eat this".. i mean you dont need to eat meat everyday, you can have a meatless monday or eat vegetarian most days but other days you crave meat and eat that... people should do what is best for them and the stage they are in their life, because life is always changing and you change and grow :)

      Ive tried black bean pasta a few weeks ago, but i found that i needed ALOT of salt and flavouring to make it taste good, but ive tried bean spaghetti and chickpea pasta which is delicious, or well.. .an alternative to normal pasta anyway!

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  3. I watched both videos before reading your text above them. I didn't notice any noise, let alone an annoying one! Genuinely no idea what you are referring to!

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    1. Hahah, maybe its just me who is too critical of myself. But i do make a weird noise inbetween sentences due to a dry throat/mouth and if you focus on that then the video is barely viewable because you just get irritated over that noise... but i am glad it didnt bother you/you didnt heear it :)

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  4. do you think there is stigma attached to veganism?

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    1. Definitely. There is often the "angry vegan" stigma... but i read online where it said dont mix up passionate with angry, which i think can be very true in this case. But some vegans try to spread the message of veganism in a not so positive way and attack others which then gives other vegans and veganism a bad name/image. Just like with feminism, many people dont want to call themselves feminst because there is the "angry feminist" stigma which once again... there are angry feminists but also some act out of passion and because they want change which can cross a line and seem very angry and radical but i guess sometimes that might be needed.
      For me, i focus on myself and what i can do for the planet and the animals and what i can do to feel best, and then with social media i can spread awareness and maybe help others but i wont ever be someone who judges others for what they eat or how they choose to live their life as i believe everyone has a choice, but if people are open to change and open to listen to others that can be a great thing!

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  5. Lovely videos, your honesty was amazing too especially that it may be hard sometimes with such type of readers. You are making a difference, it is estimated that a plant based person saves 40lb of grain, 1100gallons of water and 20lb co2 daily :) with cosmetics and such, you could check Peta's app but it seems to show the sophisticated brands, eg in the UK it didn't show Superdrug which is the cheapest vegan brand I know of and the easiest to buy. You'll find some eventually :)

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    1. Thank you :) At first i didnt want to talk about it on here as it can be triggering to some as it can be seen as restricting or even relapsing, but as long as i know that i am healthy and doing it for the right reasons then that is what matters. And of course i will be very honest with myself and on here as well about how i feel and all of that :)

      And thank you for those tips, i am going to do some Googling to see what brands are vegan for the next time i need to buy new household products or hair/makeup products

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  7. I thought you had a balanced diet before and wasn't scared of carbs and didn't eat lots and lots of protein? How come you did that? When you are recovered you know that a balanced diet is the healthiest, and carbs are needed to work out so much as you do! :) Do you think this transitioning to a plant based diet is a step for you to not fear carbs as much? That can actually be a good thing to reach full recovery :)

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    1. I did have a balanced and healthy diet for me, i mean when i say that i ate 20% carbs it doesnt sound like a lot but considering that i eat around 3000kcal its still around 600kcal carbs i.e around 150g carbs (so around 150-300g carbs a day i would guess). I just priortized protein and the snacks i ate i loved i.e protein waffles, quark, cottage cheese, nuts and those were the snacks i wanted and craved. But when i ate food chicken/eggs/quorn products would be plated first, then vegetables, and then another carb source, whereas carbs should have been the first thing plated. I think alot of my stomach pain was also due to the fact that i ate so much protein and dairy as well as fat which my body doesnt break down so well, so now when eating so much more carbs my body and stomach is more calm and able to break down the food for energy alot better :) I am fully recovered and carbs havent been a fear food, i'e if they were a fear food i wouldnt have been able to eat the way i do now. It was just that i didnt priortize carbohydrates, i priortized protein... but then when i realised how silly it was and that carbs are so important and that eating the amount of protein i did wasnt necessary i realized it was good to change and also to see how my body would feel :)

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    2. Ok, I thought you said you didn't think about whether it was carbs, protein or fat when you eat :)

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  8. I have tried the vegan Ben & Jerry's Chunk Monkey (the only flavor I was really interested in) and I honestly thought it would be not so good as almond milk ice cream is sometimes not, but it was AMAZING. I hope it comes to Sweden for you soon! It is even better than the dairy version in my opinion.

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    1. Ohhh i really hope they come to Sweden soon... i might have to send B&J an email... or a weekly email hahahha. XD

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    2. Have you tried Oatly ice cream? All the flavors are good, but my favorite is the vanilla one, i think it tastes best when scooped out and its melting :)

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    3. Not yet, I've only tried the tofu/soya ice cream. And I know there is a type of rice ice cream available on either small package (a cone/stick ice cream) or in a tub :)

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  9. Can you suggest some good vegan post-workout snacks that are reasonably high in protein (for after 1-2 hours of strength training)? In the past I have eaten eggs / cheese / yoghurt, and sometimes make oatmeal bowls with nuts/seeds etc but often don't feel like something so sweet. :):):)

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    1. Lentils with tofu ;) (Might not seem like a snack but a snack can be whatever you want it to be!). Or make banana pancakes using flax eggs instead of normal eggs. Or chia seeds, or oatmeal or oatmeal pancakes or a smoothie or make savoury waffles (i am sure there are plenty of vegan recipes for this!), or make raw food balls as nuts and seeds have alot of protein. Or make home made crisp bread using nuts, seeds and corn flour and then eat with some vegan spread or hummus or gucamole... perfect type of protein rich snack. Or home made "cookie dough" using chickpeas... though thats sweet, haha. But just some ideas anyway :)

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  10. will you have to buy special shoes and special fairtrade clothes?

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    1. I'm goin to look into those things. But of course not buy any shoes or clothes or furniture etc with wool or leather or things like that.

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    2. Thankyou for making these videos - they were very interesting, and no - I didn't notice any strange noises either, you come across really well!
      I am so glad your new diet seems to be working out for you and by eating more carbs your stomach is better. I hope the improvements carry on for you!

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  11. Do you have other links of your videos? How could I find to your other videos?

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