…I learned I didn’t have to eat out of boredom or emotional turmoil. I could choose to eat at these times, but I no longer felt compelled to. This was such a relief that I found myself not only more satisfied with food, but that satisfaction spilled over into my life in general…
Tag: body image
Berating myself for overeating and for being overweight only served to lock my psyche into that behavior.
special…We all have a definition in our heads of what that means and when we don’t reach it, we feel like we have somehow failed.
I often thought that I had to come to terms with my emotions to stop bingeing. And to some extent that may be true. But when I discovered what really fueled my binges, the emotional piece sort of just took care of itself.
Not struggling with food has given me a new awareness of what it means to be healthy. I don’t have to be “thin” to be healthy or good looking. Health and beauty come in every shape and size.
…when I find myself thinking how great I am because I ate well today, or having thoughts that I must be better off than someone who is still struggling with food, I stop and check myself. My value is the same whether I have an eating disorder or eat the perfect diet, whether I am thin, fat or in between. And this is the same for everyone…
…I stopped judging myself and started seeing my behavior for what it really was – a habit born out wanting to ‘fit in’ and the stress surrounding that. This was a giant first step in changing my life. If I can do this, you can too.