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, January 15, 2017

Eating well is a form of self respect

Recently I read the quote "eating well is a form of self respect ", and it totally made sense to me. Infact, that is something I have grown up being told by my mum. She has always said that eating right and taking care of your body if a form of respecting yourself. Being able to say no to things and doing what is best for you isn't selfish but is making the right decision for yourself and your health. She has always said that taking care of yourself and making sure that you are happy and healthy should be a priority, because it's very hard to be happy, healthy or to make a difference in the world if you aren't taking care of yourself.

Eating nourishes your body and without the proper fuel or with the wrong foods eventually your body will show signs and you might not feel so great. Food should be enjoyed and eaten to energize you and nourish you, but also it can give satisfaction and sometimes you just need to satisfy your mental craving for a food and that's OK as well.

When I was restricting I definitely didn't respect myself. Infact I barely did anything to take care of myself. And when I was binging I didn't really respect myself either, it was mostly a lack of control and other facts behind the binge eating, but I had very few positive thoughts about myself.

When you eat balanced and nourish your body right you are showing that you care for your body.  You are giving yourself the right energy so that you can live life and do things you want to.

You have to start caring about yourself. Caring about your health and your body and treating it right. When you learn to treat yourself right and the way you deserve things can feel so much better. But also when you think "not eating will lead to negative consequences and not treating your body right, but actually eating the food/meal will nourish your body and give you energy which is what you need!"

What are your opinions on this? Do you think that eating right and balanced is a form of self respect?

4 comments:

  1. I agree completely, 100% and utterly with this! This is something I think about a lot. It is not just about food, though, but all aspects of life and the embodied side of life. It is something that in some areas it is easier to practise than others, but it is something I really want to be able to share with other people too. X

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  2. hello, Izzy, when you next do vegan Q&A, maybe one on veganism & menstruation? and veganism & metabolism?

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  3. I totally agree with you. For absolute sure, my disorder (whether starving or binging ) was indicative of a fundamental lack of self-respect or self-love. In the same way that I would never starve or force feed a child due to the innate need to respect and care for that child, I need to do the same for myself. If I am struggling to feed myself or care for myself in a healthy manner, then I need to take a look at myself and what's going on beneath the surface - what fundamental value or belief am I holding on to that is incorrect or damaging? What are the underlying messages I am feeding myself? Practicing self care and maintaining my health shows a deep respect for the human being that I am, the intrinsic worth and value of my being.

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  4. Its definitely a form of self respect. If you don`t eat correctly then that is saying you don`t value your worth as a human being, that you don`t desrve to be healthy and well nourished.

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