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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Thursday, July 21, 2016

When food is your only pleasure - addicted/abusing food

Food is delicious and food is eaten for pleasure.  For most people, when they eat yummy food they can get these "feel good" feelings, though that is also why food can become an addiction and something people abuse. It's easy to turn to food to cope with emotions. You eat when you're sad,when you're happy,  when you're tired, when you're excited, when your celebrating etc etc
Food is delicious and it's ok to take more because something is yummy. Most people have times they disregard
d their fullness feeling and take more just because it is yummy or reach for the chocolate bar infront of them,  even if they aren't hungry.  But just because it's there. That's ok, food is yummy and gives you a sense of happiness as well as an energy kick hopefully. But if you begin abusing food, eating it because you know you get pleasure from it or emotional eating, that's when problems begin.
You might not listen to your bodies signals and ypu might not be choosing the best of food. Because let's be honest, if you're sad you are more likely to want chocolate than a bowl of oatmeal. Or if you want that "pleasure feeling" you ate more likely to go for chocolate or bread or sugary things than to go for alternatives, and when that becomes an everyday thing then the problems begin.
The important thing to remember is that there is more to life. You shouldn't feel like your whole life revolves around food, because that is still a food obsession. But also knowing why you turn to food, whether it's from emotions,  stress or pleasure seeking. Know that there are other ways to make you feel better such as talking to someone, writing, drawing and many other things.  Food is eaten to give you energy, and it's an enjoyment as well but if you are too focused on food then everything else in life seems to disappear, and that isn't much of a life.
Food can be an addiction, but unlike alcohol or drugs you can't just take away the addictive substance, you need food to live and it's an everyday thing. Just like if you suffer with binge eating, you can't just take away food and make them "sober" from their addiction.  Instead the problem is in the head and that needs to be solved and then maybe following a meal plan is recommended and finding other things to do when you want to eat due to emotions, pleasure or you feel binge cravings coming on.
Life should not be 100% focused on food. Food is just part of life, but of course it should be enjoyed but it shouldn't be an addiction either.
If your whole life revolves around food, you constantly think about food or use food to solve your problems or run from your problems,then I suggest you talk to someone and get help. Change your thoughts and try to structure up your eating as well as finding other things to do and focus on in life.


  1. What do you think about eating at mealtimes even when you are not hungry, but just because it is a mealtime? (When you are healthy.)

    1. I think it is very individual. I am someone who doesnt eat if i am not hungry, i .e if i wake up in the morning and amnt hungry i wont eat breakfast or will just take a handful of nuts or raisins. Or if i eat a late lunch i might not eat a snack before dinner. But then other days it is non stop hunger and i can eat 8 or 9 times a day. I think you should do what you feel is best, if you are someone who needs the routine and needs to eat your meal times regularly even when you arent hungry, then stick with that. But if you feel that you can eat less or not eat because you arent hungry and it doesnt trigger anything then thats ok as well. Because you will most likely eat more later on in the day or later on in the week you might feel extra hungry, and that is because the body wants balance and if you eat less one day you will likely eat more the next to keep the balance :)

    2. Thank you so much, Izzy. I'm going to think about this... :)