I have been toying with the idea of writing this post for a very long time. Eating disorders are very hard to talk about, its like being an alcoholic but the food version. You see, no one really knows this about me but years ago I struggled very badly with bulimia. I was young.. well younger, and all I wanted was to be skinny and sexy and feel good about myself. It got so out of hand that It was a normal part of my every day life…
I had tried many diets and starved myself while drinking nothing but meal replacement shakes all day but it still was not helping me be what I thought I wanted to be. I do not know how I got to the point where it got so bad but I will never forget how I physically could not stand the feeling of having food in my stomach, after I ate something I would need to go throw it up. It started with me having to make myself throw up but then kinda morphed into my body feeling “sick” if I ate and the throwing up just kinda happened when my mind wanted it to. Yes I lost weight.. but it was a terrible way to live. The scary part is that it happened and progressed so easily.
Anyways I got over it when it came to a time when we wanted to have kids and I realized I had to focus on being healthy and not as skinny as possible.
The years went on and then I picked up another “eating disorder”, the one called meal replacement shakes! Now before I have a whole bunch of people screaming at me, yes meal replacement shakes have their place and if used CORRECTLY can work out well. When I say used correctly I mean they are supposed to be used along side eating healthy foods, who would have known.
I fell into the replace breakfast with a shake.. Then it was the replace breakfast and lunch with a shake. Then when that was not good enough it became the replace all meals with shake and just don’t eat any physical food for a week and I am sure that will help me drop the 5kg I am desperate to loose. This became very similar to the bulimia because again it was me avoiding actual food. It can be a dangerous trap to fall into and again so easy.
You can go into most supermarkets these days and they have an actually isle dedicated to shakes, diet pills, weight loss aids and many items promising tht you will drop the kg’s you so desperately want to get rid of.
I am actually so thankful for the day I found the Mila’s Meals book, because this book changed the way I thought about food and diets and my body. I changed everything when I got this book, I threw out the shakes and I went and bought actual food! I cut out the bad stuff and started feeding my body what it needed. AND guess what happened.. I lost more weight that I ever had through all those years of trying to starve my body into something it wasn’t. I went from hardly eating to eating 6 or so small meals a day that were made up of plant based gluten free foods that were so yummy!
Now I am actually writing this because I find myself falling off the wagon a bit here. Life has been hard and I am struggling terribly with myself, emotionally and physically. I put on 7kg again and I am feeling so miserable.
I got upset the other day, angry and emotional and it was just after we had gone out for pizza.. and I went to the bathroom and threw up! Few days later I did it again without thinking twice, or actually I did think twice but i just blocked it out cause i needed to try and feel better in that moment!!
This morning again I found myself at the shop buying shake and diet pills. WHY, when I know these things are not the way to go. Hopefully telling you all this will kick my ass into some kind of gear before this turns into another problem for me.
Like any other addiction, purging and starving or even popping diet pills can be something that is hard to shake and hard to deal with. It can be a hard internal struggle to get out of a bad habit that can cause your body so much harm. It can start with a innocent crash diet and snowball into a disease.
It is better to take a look at what you are eating and re evaluate your food choices. Plant based is definitely saving me and hopefully I can get back on track soon.