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.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Sending nondiet messages to children
Ii saw this picture and i love it because it is such a great reminder for parents or parents to be. But even siblings and other family members or even teachers.... everyone basically.
I remember when i was younger i was always told to eat lots and take an extra portion whereas my sister who was bigger then me was always told to eat less by family members. (My parents never told my sister to eat less, it was just older family members such as grandparents and aunts).
My mum has always had a very healthy relationship with food where we grew up eating mostly whole foods - alot of fruit, vegetables, oats, lentils, beans and then on Fridays or Saturdays we would get to buy some treats such as chocolate or ice cream. My dad on the other hand is a big meat eater and we would eat meat while we stayed at his place and lots of white bread and ice cream with apple pie. But we had a healthy relationship with food, it was a balance.
But i believe that it can be very different in many other households where parents are very diet focused and that affects the children. The parents might talk badly about their own body or be on a diet or talk about good and bad food... or maybe they give food to children as a reward or feed the child lots of mcdonalds or processed food which isnt healthy either. I dont have kids myself so i can only imagine how hard it is to raise children and the struggle of just getting them to eat or to be silent, so im guessing at times its easier to just give them some pasta and meat balls or give them a bag of crisps to keep them silent - but it is so important for children to get the right nutrition and all the vitamins and minerals they need!
Children often do what parents do, they hear their parents talking negatively about food or their body and that affects the children either consciously or sub consciously. Of course i understand that some people need to be on diets or eat in a certain way to lose weight even hwen they have children, but i am sure you can do it in a way that isnt so obvious, just eat smaller portions. But also not to label food as good or bad or have food as rewards, but that food should be something delicious and seen as fuel. Predominatly whole foods and then "treats" occasionaly. No good or bad food, just about moderation.
There is so much more i could write about this and i think it is an important topic which many need to consider. Sending diet messages or talking negatively about your own appearance can influence children who are near you. For example i believe that teachers play a huge roll in this as well, they can set a good example regarding food and body image if they send the right messages and teach good nutrition as well as positive body image from a young age!!