How to recover from an eating disorder
I found out I had an eating disorder a little too late.
Ever since my teenage, I had been binge eating junk food, and I got upset if I didn’t instantly consume it. I realized I ate a lot especially when I was stressed or was going through a depressive episode, and nothing satiated my hunger except comfort/fast food.
I ate at irregular hours; too late in the night or too early after I had my last meal. I ate inadequate amounts; always too much. I started gaining weight, I became lazier with each passing day, and binge-ate almost daily.
After extensive research about my eating habits, I found out I had symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder.
What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are defined by irregular eating patterns and severe worry about body weight and shape. A person with an eating disorder may eat too much or not at all which affects their wellbeing. Most common types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.
Eating disorder types
People with this disorder have an unrealistic image of their body and are typically obsessive about gaining weight. They view themselves as overweight even if they are clearly underweight. They eat extremely restricted quantities of food and exercise several times a day. All of this leads to serious health consequences.
In this disorder, people binge eat and then engage in compensating behaviors for the overeating such as excessive exercise, forced vomiting, or using laxatives and diuretics. A person with this disorder is extremely conscious about gaining weight and may feel guilt or embarrassment after overeating.
Binge Eating Disorder
People going through this disorder frequently lose control over their binge eating. They do not engage in compensating behaviors, and so are usually overweight or obese. They may feel guilty or shameful after binge eating, and may be embarrassed because of their bodies.
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Tips to deal with eating disorders
Avoid labelling food as ‘good/healthy’ or ‘bad/dangerous.’ We need all kinds of food and nutrition for a healthy diet. I eat fruits and vegetables every day in small portions. No need to consume large amounts because that isn’t healthy either. Seek help from a professional.
Sometimes, recovery isn’t easy, you need support and guidance, and you are worth it. I am in touch with a good nutritionist to further balance my diet according to my weight, height and lifestyle. A nutritionist will tailor your diet according to your suiting!
Show yourself love
You are beautiful and loved regardless of your weight. The right people will love you in any shape and form. A person’s figure or weight does not define their character. Start judging people by how they treat you and others. Make friends who don’t judge you for how you look and care about your well-being. Get rid of the toxic ones.
Applaud yourself on achieving your goals and aims. Celebrate yourself, no matter what you accomplish. I make sure I enjoy a cheat day every week once where I eat my favourite dish! Read self love and self care books. I love reading about how people fought their problems and are now living a happy life. If you don’t like reading, watch motivational videos online.
Take all the help you can get
And by that I mean read books on eating disorders, listen to eating disorder podcasts and follow blogs of people living with eating disorders and how they are coping with it. It will help you immensely!
Consider going to therapy
Most of the time eating disorders are a result of emotional disturbances, too much stress, past/present trauma or mental instability. Depression is also a symptom of eating disorders. Consider checking in with a therapist to solve such issues so you can prevent further damage to your well-being.
Can you recover from eating disorders on your own?
It is possible to recover on your own but it is advised to seek help from a doctor because they are more experienced and they will guide you in a proper way.
Final thoughts on recovering from eating disorders
Recovery from an eating disorder is absolutely possible and it’s not too late.
If you think you have an eating disorder, you must research and learn about them first because sometimes we get into bad eating habits only because of ongoing stress and a disturbed routine. This way, you’ll judge your weight, food, and body shape, and eating disorders differently.
If you think you have the symptoms for an eating disorder, consult a nutritionist.
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