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?