Life without Anorexia

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'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, November 13, 2016

Not allowed to be vegan while living at home?

Hey Izzy, I know this comment doesn't connect to your topic, but I really need your help. I am almost recovered and I'm thinking of becoming a vegan. The problem is that my family doesn't agree with my decision and they said that if I become vegan, I will have to buy food on my own, like vegan yoghurts, milk... I wish I could live on my own like you do, so I would be able to eat whatever I wanted to. I am almost 19 and I started to think about moving to my own place. Do you think it is too early? Because if I continue living with my family, I will never be able to become a vegan and eat whatever i wanted.

Its great to hear that you are thinking about going vegan! My first suggestion would be to maybe talk to your family and see if you can make some vegan meals throughout the week together? You dont have to eat meat substitutions or eat soy yoghurt or alternative milk or cheese etc to be vegan. Instead eat whole foods, then its less expensive!

It is of course easier to be vegan when you are in charge of buying and making your own food, and when the fridge is filled with only vegan foods, but remember that you have the rest of your life to eat a fully plant based diet. You dont need to rush and move out just because you want to eat vegan. Infact it can be better if you are only just recovered/recovering, if you still live with your family and eat meals with them but maybe implement some vegetarian or vegan meals throughout the week. Inspire your family to eat more plant based meals and to show them how easy and delicous and nutritious it can!
  Also remember that vegan isnt just about the way you eat, of course that is a huge thing, but maybe for now you can focus on other aspects such as maybe not buying products tested on animals, and buy items which dont have any animal substances in them  such as no wool, no leather, no snakeskin etc ? All of those things play a huge roll!!


Talk to your parents, maybe buy some of your own vegan foods such as lentils, chickpeas, soy/oatmilk, lots of nuts and seeds, tofu etc  Dont feel guilty if you do eat animal products while living with your family, but maybe you can limit your consumption of them and replace with vegan alternatives and like already said... maybe you can implement a few vegan meals into your weekly diet and then go fully plant based/vegan when you do move out! :) It can be easy that way as well so that you dont just go from lots of dairy and meat and eggs to fully vegan overnight. It can also be a way to reassure your parents that you arent ging vegan because of your eating disorder (if that is actually the case!), and to show them that you can still eat enough and maintain (or gain?) weight while eating a plant based diet!

Also dont forget that if you do choose to buy all your own food while living at home (thats what i did during summer while living with my parents), then food such as lentils, chickpeas, oatmeal, vegetables, potatoes, rice are all very cheap items and you can also complement the base foods with nuts, seeds, avocado, oil etc :)


HERE is a list to cheap vegan essentials

And check out my Vegan Eating tag for recipe ideas and my Vegan advice tag for information about veganism and vegan nutrition advice



6 comments:

  1. Right now I'm deciding whether I should become vegan or no. Can you help me? I love food very much and I am afraid I won't be able to eat my favourite food as vegan. I love meat, I love eggs, I love milk, but I still want to become vegan. The problem is that my family is pulling me away from the thought about veganism, and you, Izzy, are inspiring me to become vegan. The next thing is that I am afraid I will have to be aware most of the time. About clothes, shoes I buy, about cosmetics, I think that I won't be able to deal with that. I think that veganism is extreme, but there's still a wish to become one of you, one of vegans. Can you help me?

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    1. I'm not Izzy, but I think while you are trying to decide, you should try just having a few vegan meals a weeks or a vegan day every week, just to dip your toes in and see how it feels for you. And any decision you make does not need to be permanent! You can always change your mind or go back if it ends up not being the right choice for you. A lot of people are too focused on labels, to be honest. I am a vegetarian, but I don't militantly cling to that as my identity. Honestly, once or twice a year I might eat chicken or fish with my family, if i really want to in that moment. It's okay. Reducing our footprint, in any way we can, is the important part. I wouldn't beat myself up for it, it's just a choice that I make in the moment. I don't need to be perfect in order to be of service to this planet. And neither do you! Try it out, but don't hold yourself to a potentially impossible expectation. You might really love it, and transition to fully vegan. Or, you might find it more sustainable to simply be more aware, and choose to eat vegan *most* of the time. Or you might not like it much at all, but still want to make a difference, and so only have one designated vegan day a week. It's an individual choice, and ANY effort is better than none. At the end of the day, you need to feel good about your choices, your beliefs, your health, your likes and dislikes. This is just one persons opinion (and some militant vegans may totally disagree with me!) but I honestly believe there is no such thing as wasted effort when it comes to reducing meat/animal consumption. Find what you are comfortable with (and what's comfortable today might not be what's comfortable in 5 years), know that the choice is yours and nothing needs to be permanent, and that any effort is good effort. Happy UNhunting! ;)

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    2. Ive written my advice and suggestion in a post which might help you :)

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  2. I don't need an answer to this, but I do wonder about it sometimes and just in case you are looking for topics or you learn about it on your course ... are fizzy, diet drinks really bad for you? Do they really increase the risk of brain tumours? If you consume them in excess are you really more likely to get irreversible, horrible, life-threatening things, like some of their critics say?

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    1. Unless you are drinking 10l of diet soda a day i wouldnt worry about it. Nothing in excess is good but if you are drinking a glass or two a day its no problem, the biggest problem is that you might get "addicted" to it and not be able to go a day without it... thats more of a problem, and also if you do get addicted its easy to overconsume. But if you drink some now and again or just a glass or so a day its fine... im pretty sure you can drink 1-3l a day without it being a problem. The biggest problem is that it will erode your teeth from the acidity and might lead to heartburn or excess acid in your stomach ;)

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