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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Friday, April 28, 2017
Eating for optimal nutrition
Whenever i say i am a vegan who is studying nutrition 2 thoughts seem to pop into peoples minds.
1) I eat super healthy, lots of raw food and i only give out vegan nutrition advice.
2) I eat optimally healthy and never eat junk food.
Both thoughts are wrong... or well, they are sort of true but not really.
Yes im vegan, yes i study nutrition but that doesnt mean i eat optimally healthy or only for nutrition. I also eat foods just because im craving them, i eat extra food just because it tastes delicious. I dont always think about what is nutritionally best or think about food combining for best uptake and absorption. Of course i am aware about food combining and what to think about when it comes to calcium, iron, zink, essential fatty acids on a vegan diet, but i dont always follow those facts, infact rarely... i just eat.
Sometimes i think i should follow my own nutrition knowledge a little better than i do. I should think more about adding whole grains when i eat beans, add something with C vitamin with my iron rich meals, think about eating foods with extra zink or calcium. But i dont eat because of optimal nutrition, i eat the foods i like, enjoy and crave.
One of my best tips though when it comes to being vegan is to eat fortified foods. Drink oat/soy milk which is enriched with vitamins, and spread which has omega 3 & 6 (from a vegetable source), eat lots of nuts and seeds and try to eat something with C vitamin with your main meals. But also a vegan diet doesnt have b12 and can be low on D vitamin (and at times iron because the iron doest get absorbed as well as iron from animal sources, but also a low D vitamin status can mea lower absorbtion of calcium. It all goes together!! Too much of something isnt good but too little isnt good either.) So taking a multivitamin can be beneficial, HOWEVER it can be good to get blood tests done before you start taking a multivitamin with too high percent of different vitamins just incase - you dont want to overdose on certain vitamins! But also, your nutrition SHOULD come from food first... just like taking antioxidant pills wont do as good (and can infact turn into oxidants in the body and do harm) as just eating fruit and vegetables which will actually have an antioxidant effect in the body.
When you are vegan it is important to be a little bit more aware about what you eat i.e make sure to eat varied and ENOUGH. But also not just a bunch of raw food.... i have my judgements against fruitarians and raw food fanatics because they can lack all the macro and micronutrients and raw food isnt always absorbed best so you think your getting enough iron or calcium or zink or vitamin A but infact those vitamins/minerals arent even being absorbed because of inhibtory factors in the meal/food. If you eat enough and eat varied the chances of lacking certain vitamins or minerals lessens unless you have an illness or something that can affect your absorption of different vitamins/minerals, but generally the more you eat, the more vitamins and minerals you get,
However eating doesnt always have to be for health, it can be just for enjoyment. Such as oreos might not give me any nutritional health, but it gives me satisfaction and enjoyment and that is enough reason for me to eat them but of course oreos will never be something that replaces other things in my diet, instead its just an extra.... just like chocolate, ice cream, cookies, cakes etc they should be an extra to your diet, but not replace snacks or meals.
Not every meal has to be super nutritionally dense or eaten for optimal health, some meals can be eaten just for enjoyment!!