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!

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section as i am much quicker at answering there, otherwise you can always send an email: lifewithoutanorexia@hotmail.com

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ask me questions

Recently i have gotten asked quite a few questions which i havent gotten the time to answer so i thought i would make this post the "official" ask me question posts at the moment. Just so that i can get all your questions gathered in one post and then answer them in upcoming posts haha.

I will try  to go back and look at the previous comments and try to find your questions, but it would make it easier if you repost them here and i can answer them either in the comment section or in a post depending on how long your question is :)

Feel free to ask me anything or just request topics or posts or ask my opinion or thoughts on something or whatever you may be curious about :) If something is too personal or i dont want to answer then i wont, but i am very open on here!

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29 comments:

  1. This is probably kind of stupid question, but I was wondering if you had any knowledge about spots/zits and whether they're connected to food and stuff. Because like that was one of my initial triggers for developing an eating disorder because I read that dairy and sugar and fats all made you get spots and I wanted flawless skin (i don't know if anyone else experienced the same??) Anyway I am now weight restored and I'm getting a few spots again and it really depresses me and then I get the thoughts like maybe it's my fault and when I didn't eat so and so I didn't get any spots whilst underweight. Not strong enough thoughts to act on I can brush them aside as I know other stuff is a lot more important but idk I just wish I didn't have any spots :((((

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  2. I thought of an idea for a post, like one about music and what songs make you feel more positive and confident? And other people could comment what songs make them feel good about themselves and kind of make a cool positive playlist thing? Because I find music really helps me and it would be great to find some new tunes :)

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  3. Hi I posted a longer version of this question on a post a couple of days ago but basically: how long does it take to regain full stamina and fitness levels after recovery? I've been weight restored and exercising normally for 6 months (after 5 months starvation and then 6 months bed rest and gaining weight) but I still don't seem to have as much stamina as the rest of my family, will it ever come back?

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  4. Have you wroted anything about if one should eat less on restdays? I'm very active 4 days a week where I need to eat around 2700 calories but the three other days I'm very much only resting/taking short walk or doing non-active stuff and I'm unsure how to eat those days. Did not find this topic in your blog :o

    Would be sooo thankful for hearing your and other people's opinions and how they do :)
    Thanks for awesome blog and go you!

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    1. I think it depends on whether your weight is currently stable eating 2700 every day including rest days? Because if so then that's obviously your balance over the week, and if you wanted to eat less on rest days then you'd need more on the days when you're active. But obviously if you're weight is increasing eating 2700 everyday then maybe eat slightly less on rest days.
      I have a kind of base amount I eat every day regardless and in the days I do extra activity I add extra in relation to how much how much extra I've done, but obviously it works just as well to eat the right amount over the week and is probably more natural than the way I do it. So umm idk haha.

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  5. Hellow,
    Could yo write about series/movies that you like

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  6. If you could "step into" the pages/story of a book, (or a film if you don`t read books) which one would you choose? Have you ever enjoyed a book/watched a film so much that you didn't want it to end? Which book/film has had the biggest impact on you?

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  7. Carbohydrates - I`ve heard there are 2 types, simple and complex.
    What is the difference and why have I heard that you should limit the simple ones?
    what are simple carbs and what are complex carbs, and how much of each should you have.
    Do you limit your carbs and should I do this in recovery even if they say simple carbs should be limited?

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  8. How often do you dye/colour your hair and how do you stop it from becoming brittle/drying out?

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  9. How do you make overnight oats yourself?

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  10. What fat/oil do you use in baking - cakes etc? I have found some of the oil based ones leave a strange taste and I end up throwing the baking away, I just wondered what you use?

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    1. I love avocado oil! It is nearly flavorless and can be heated to high temperatures without producing toxins unlike some other oils.

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  11. What made you change your views about alcohol ie from being quite against it to now drinking the occasional glass?

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  12. When I work out, i often feel very dizzy after a short time. My weight is normal and I eat and drink enough. Do you know that problem? Exspecially when the air is quite bad it's a big problem for me. Have you got any advice how to deal with that?

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  13. When I work out, i often feel very dizzy after a short time. My weight is normal and I eat and drink enough. Do you know that problem? Exspecially when the air is quite bad it's a big problem for me. Have you got any advice how to deal with that?

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  14. Hey Izzy I'm just reposting my question I hope that's ok! I just would love to hear your opinion on my situation (and maybe this will ring true with other people) : I am technically "weight restored" at a bmi of around 19 but am still experiencing a type of extreme hunger in the mornings..like I'm physically full but still have strong cravings and mental hunger and I don't know whether to ignore or it eat more? Is this the body's way of saying I need to gain more weight? Thank you so so much :) XXX

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  15. Hi Izzy, I would like to ask you on how much weight is it normal to pun on since starting regular exercises. Recently I'am loving long-distance running and some HIIT exercises and even though I am not weight-lifting (yet, even though i plan it for the summer or next year) I've noticed that I've gained some muscle mass. When I stepped on the scale - it said 8 kg weight gain (I was underweight, so I am happy about it), but I don't seem to look so much bigger and most of my clothes fit me as well, so I am confused how is it possible to weight so much more and not to look so much different. So long story short - What is the coherence between weight gain and doing sport?

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    1. This could possibly be due to
      a.) Water weight, as your body needs more water to heal after exercise
      b.) Even if you are not lifting weights, doing HIIT and running can still build muscle and muscle weighs more than fat.
      In either event, as long as you are eating healthy, following your hunger cues and do not continue to gain a lot of weight (8kg is not a large weight gain--just wanted to make that point) that puts you into the overweight category then I wouldn't even think about it. Especially since you have to gain weight anyway!

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  16. Can you please make a post about hormonal imbalance and what symptoms you actually had when you were recovering as well as how long it took you to feel okay again without feeling down due to hormonal ups and downs?

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  17. Are there any fruits or vegetables you dont like?Im just curious:)

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  18. Is it some link between bloating and exercise?
    I exercise alot and my belly, sometimes even face and thighs, but mostly my belly bloats like crazy! Its been a year since my relapse (lost weight with no food and alot of exercise). I gained the weight back, I am eating alot of food- And i try to have more restdats from exercise.
    I thought that the bloating would get better with the weight gain and all the food- but i still bloat alot!!!
    Then I read that one girl found herself bloating alot due to overexercise...
    do you experience this? Can there be a link? Because at the same time i read that exercise will help the bloating!!! What should i do? If i dont exercise im so scared i will gain so much more weight. Because i am eating alot of food (hungry all the time, when will that stop?) and i am gaining even though i am exercising.
    Oh i dont know... just so much anxitey about all this stuff��

    Sorry for bad english.
    And THANK YOU for everything. Taking time writing amazing posts. U helped me so much in my recovery!

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  19. Can you please talk about how to transfer from counting calories to eating intuitively? That will be super helpful!!!

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  20. hi Izzy, i am so happy you finally did a Q & A blog! i was recovered from Anoreixa>> Eating disorders not last year 2016 Feb. And yesterday i went to check up due to my knee is very pain& figured out it was inflammation, and i am lack of calcium too...it is possible that i can regain my calcium by eating more supplement & right food?
    Thank you.
    Love xoxo
    Florence (malaysia)

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  21. If you know your study syllabus for next year what subjects are you most looking forward to studying? Will you get the chance to specialise in a certain area during next years study or does that come later, if at all?
    What is your qualification at the end of your course?

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  22. Do you have the chance to go on a work placement during your course - ie actually work in a place doing what you eventually want to do, kind of like work experience?
    Do you think you will at some time change the job you are doing at the moment for one where you can gain experience doing what you are studying for? would this benefit your course?

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  23. Is all education in Sweden free? Here in the UK when you go to university you either have to pay the tuition fees yourself or get a student loan - payable once you are in employment after your course has finished. This means students are leaving university thousands of pounds in debt. How does it work in Sweden?

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  24. How much have you inspired your family to eat vegan meals? Do you all eat vegan when you visit or do they keep to their normal diets?
    Would you ever feel tempted to revert back to your old eating habits if you were amongst people who were not vegan?

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  25. Do you belong to any sports clubs like running or workout classes? Is this something that you would like to do to be social or do you prefer to exercise/workout on your own?

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  26. Just how do you cope when the person closest to you is dieting? I thought I was managing pretty well up until now - he`s been on a weight reduction diet plan since Christmas but just recently he has been reducing his portion sizes, going off foods which he previously loved and ate and restricting his calorie intake below that what the diet plan determines. I am finding it very difficult now at meal times as I am still trying to eat more and gain weight and I am very conscious about what I am eating compared to him. How do I manage to get through this? It is so hard to ignore.

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