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!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Being a vegan and a dietician? Pushing veganism on others?

I´m wondering that if you´ll be a nutritionist or advisor, how strongly are you going to promote the vegan lifestyle. Or are you stil going to make meal plans including meat, eggs an dairy? 

I've been wondering about this too! As a nutritionist, will you be allowed to tell your patients that animal products are unhealthy, or will you still have to include them in the meal plans? 
Also, maybe you could write a post about whether they teach you that animal products are healthy despite the numerous studies that have been proving the opposite?

These are very good questions and something i have been planning on writing about before. Infact i started writing about this - as an answer to a previous comment but never got around to finishing the post as i just got irritated over the whole comment and felt i couldnt formulate myself properly as well as the post being super long. So its just sitting in my draft box instead. Basically the previous comment i got told me i shouldnt be in the health/nutrition industry if i didnt realise that people ate meat and needed meat to survive... as well as lot more to the comment than just that.

First off, being vegan is a choice i have made for myself according to my own beliefs regarding what is ethically and morally ok. Everyone believes different and so i wont ever push my own beliegs on others. I can of course try to inspire and motivate others to want to eat more plant based and vegan, but i wont ever force anyone or think less of anyone if they dont. I am realistic, and even if i would love that everyone - or most people went vegan and cut down their consumption of meat and dairy - i know it wont happen, or not for an extremely long time because eating meat and dairy is something most people are brought up doing and think is necessary to eat. 

Even if i dont believe that meat or dairy are necessary to eat, i also know that not everyone can be vegan for many different reasons. Maybe mental reasons such as if someone is struggling with an eating disorder - then i wouldnt tell them to eat vegan because it can be too restrictive for them. Because even if veganism isnt actually restrictive, if someone doesnt have a healthy relationship with food they might not get enough energy or nutrients because they dont eat the amount they need. But also some people who have eating disorders use veganism as a way to stay disordered and not have to face fear foods - so another reason why i wouldnt recommend it to someone who has an eating disorder. Not even someone who struggles with binge eating or bulimia, as once again there can be too much focus on "what they can't eat" rather than finding the balance of "i can eat whatever i like and enjoy. But everything in balance and moderation".

Also, if people have stomach illnesses or allergies it can make eating vegan hard. For example if someone cant eat beans, lentils, nuts.... then it can be very hard to get the right amount of energy and nutrients through a vegan diet. Or if someone has stomach problems so they cant eat starches or cant digest beans or certain vegetables or they cant digest oats or nuts etc then it cuts out many foods and makes the vegan diet restrictive and they might not get the nutrients they need. Health always comes first - so even if some vegans say that "everyone can be vegan" i dont actually believe that. If a person can't eat the energy amount they need or get all their vitamins and minerals through their diet whether its due to stomach problems, allergies, restrictive eating, economy or lack of vegan products available to them, then eating that way might not be suitable for them. Because sure, rice and lentils and potatoes might be cheap and available for everyone but it would be boring to just eat the same thing all the time and the body needs variety and different foods and different food groups!

If a person comes to me and wants help with a meal plan or how to eat i will help them with what suits THEM best. According to 1) Their lifestyle, 2) Their goals, 3) Their economy, 4) Their food preferances including allergies and likes/dislikes as well as maybe culture or religious food preferances (?).  5) illnesses they may have or be at risk for which can be prevented by certain diets. Everyone is different and needs different amounts of food and likes different types of food, and i want to help people find THEIR BALANCE AND HEALTH with food. I want to help people feel their best and healthiest both physically and mentally and that can be done through diet and what a person eats and also how they view food and their body. I want people to find peace and balance and health with food.

Veganism is a choice people make for themselves and nothing something i think others can force upon someone. I.e if someone asks me for nutritional advice i wont force veganism upon them, however i would mention that a person doesnt need to eat meat and dairy to survive or that eating vegan meals throughout the day or week can help with physical health as well as help the environment, can be cheaper, quick to make, lots of nutrients and vitamins as well as making a difference for the animals if everyone eats less meat and dairy throughout the week/month/year. 

As a dietician/ or someone who will help with health and nutrition, i wont ever be someone who recommends diets such as LCHF or HCLF or raw food or any of those... i dont believe in them. I do of course know that different people feel best with different macro ratios, i.e some feel best with more fat in their diet and less carbs and others vice versa, and thats ok... but going to an extreme is nothing i would recommend. And of course i dont believe in the extreme LCHF where people eat bacon fried in butter and eaten with egg yolk and mozarella... thats just extreme and unecessary and cant be good for their heart as well as the extreme amount of dairy and meat eaten on a LCHF diet which makes me a little nauseous in all honesty. But of course.... if i am a dietician i would need to put that aside - put my own choices and preferances to the side and instead look at the individiual and the individuals needs and goals as well as look at studies and research regarding what is best to eat etc

Long answer.... but there is no way i could keep this short, hahaha. I have so much to say about this!! Hahahah, i really do want to write more about veganism and nutrition and such but feels like it would all be too much on here!

And the last question: What they teach in school about animal products... well, i was learnt according to research and studies. And the most important thing was that "balance is best" and that red meat should be kept as little as possible and that certain fish shouldnt be eaten due to them having toxins. When it comes to teaching nutrition in school i dont think teachers are allowed to be biased - of course they can say what they personally believe, but they have to teach facts from studies and what is scientifcally proven. Of course, there are so many studies and many studies have been sponsored by different companies or organizations just to "help them" and so it is important to be critical over studies regarding nutrition and food. I.e one day you read that X food gives you cancer and the next day you read that that food is a super food. Basically you can find studies or articles backing up whatever nutrition claim you have/think, but that doesnt mean that it is right. There are many contradictions in the nutrition world and many claim that their way of eating is the best way, and there are many forms of "cults" who believe that their way of eating is the only way to eat and that every other form of eating is wrong and unhealthy. The important thing with nutrition is balance ... too much of anything isnt good and cutting food groups or vitamins or minerals out of your diet isnt good either. So in university people should be taught proven facts, biology and physiology i.e how the body works and taught about illnesses and nutrition regarding illnesses etc but also to be critical of sources and to think about whether something can be right or not. I.e how credible different facts are in studies etc 

There you have a very long answer :) But i know that many have been curious regarding this and how i think/will do when i work in the field of nutrition and whether my choice of being vegan will affect how i help clients.


  1. Could I just add another perspective. As a vegan nutritionist you will be highly sought after. You seem to be writing as if the majority your clients would be meat eaters. The reality is, in the coming years more and more people will be vegan. You're making a smart choice. Not only are you doing what's best for YOUR body, you're future-proofing your career by being forward-thinking. Advertise yourself as a vegan nutritionist, without a doubt. In my country, people need and seek just vegan nutritionists. Who wants advice from someone who still eats meat? Nobody.

    1. Exactly, the most successful doctors and nutritionists are plant-based and reverse diseases such as diabetes (eg Greger, Bernard). Whereas the Atkins etc diet advocates aren't known for such successes. Really, a health professional telling an ill patient to eat more corpses? Something's wrong.

  2. Very interesting post - I`m sure in time you are going to be an excellent nutritionist!
    I wouldn't mind reading more about veganism and nutrition - I find the different options interesting especially as I myself am going further down that route because of my food intolerances. It would be good to understand more about it and the correct way to do it.
    So more posts like this would be great!

  3. Dear Izzy,

    Terrific post on veganism. (Also have you ever browsed "green recovery” blog ?)
    Veganism helps me to reconcile with food issues, fears, IBS, allergies...Eating this way, now allows me put on weight, probably not at the speed as if I was on a standard diet, but most important is that I do not have as much digestive distress as I would have on a “normal” diet.

    I am the unlucky one in the family, mother nature has blessed me with all her whims, I even call them my “diet plague” in reference to the Plagues of Egypte.
    Oh well, I have to deal with it:
    - Gastroscopy has revealed gluten hypersensitivity and have been recommended by my GP to be very cautious with gluten if I do not want to worsen situation
    - Diagnosed casein intolerant
    - Issues with starches: oedema and hyperglycaemia rockets high so have to beware when eating rice potatoes and blablabla
    - And other food intolerances: sesame, peppers family (no spices, no pepper, chili), arugula and spinach, soy (have to be cautious so no vegan meat substitutes, tofu in limited quantities but if it is lacto-fermentated or tempeh I can eat more ), and some legumes (white bean especially and do not know why)

    So I juggle with a lots of vegetables, fruits, legumes, a bit of other starches, all kind of nuts

    Breakfast would be: OJ, fruits + banana (very mature, black) and nuts
    Lunch: 600ml box of vegetables, nuts and legumes (and coconut or olive, nut oils) and sometimes some rice cakes
    Break: fruits
    Diner: again vegetables, nuts, legumes or lacto fermented tofu, or a bit of starches (rice, potatoes especially raw sweet potatoes)
    Break: fruits and bananas
    But I probably forget things…..never remember what I have eaten (and less focused on food since I eat this way which is good sign!!!)
    (occasional B12, iron and B9 supplementations to be on the safe side)

    Had a blood test 2 week ago, GP is satisfied with and encouraged me to keep on going this way, now that I have found a balance and I am finally (!!!) able to put on a little bit of weight.
    With GP we have been exploring if there were any nutritional high caloric drinks/puddings that would suit…there is a lactose free product line in France (but milk based). This is where I have to compromise, for my health but a try not to rely on it and feed myself with real wholefood.

    As you are very educated on this topic: anorexia and at the same time veganism, I would be very very happy if you could help me and be your first patient.

    Looking forwards reading you very very soon.

  4. Hi!

    I know it's been a while since this post was published, bu I've just now come around to comment.

    First and foremost, thank you for your amazing tips. Although I'm not anorexic, no have I suffered from it in the past, is this quite relatable for me. And helpful, although I don't perceive myself as entirely ready to recover yet.

    Second, this post. I have experienced that many vegans try to get others to become vegan, and they often use hurtful Words to change their diets. It's very difficult to try and come up With good reasons why you're not, as the aruments for are, in my opinion, powerful and reasonable (environment and animal wealth). Not many know I suffer from an eating disorder, and if I told them, I think many would say that veganism is a good thing to turn to to avoid the binges (I suffer from Binge Eating Disorder). Anyhow, a part of me wants to turn vegan to avoid the binge Foods, but I know that I'm extremely vulnerable to restrictions and "yes" and "no" Food. So to my point, I couldn't agree more. You shouldn't try to make People cut out certain Foods just because you think its the best. Just like when it seemed like everyone tried to push LCHF on everyone else. It'll make you very conscious, and scared of eating. I have, not only bcause of my disorder, become so scared of Food because of that, even though I eat loads and enough to gain. But of course, a binge eater is also scared of Food, just like an Anorexic.