Exercise in recovery from an eating disorder can be hard to navigate. This post breaks down the good, bad, obsessed and healthy truths about whether you should, or shouldn’t and how to go about it.
Diagnosable eating disorder or not, feelings of panic, guilt, shame, and anxiety are all too commonly becoming “normalised” struggles many can resonate with.
In this lates blogpost I wanted to share just how I transitioned from a place of obsession, rigid rules and fear, to enjoying my weekly bakes and cakes and finding a harmonic “healthy lifestyle” that features both Cake and Kale, and of course my favourite; Flapjacks!
This is one in the first of a few science related posts I want to do.
I guess you could call it a new “Eating Disorders and the Brain” series.
This stuff fascinates me and it one of the reasons I chose to embark on my BSc in Psychology back in 2013.
I find it amazingly empowering to know that we have incredible brains that adapt depending on our behaviours, but that are also shaped by the world around us, because it puts us back in the driving seat of our recovery.
Stress is one of the main triggers of relapses in eating disorders. When the stress piles on we panic. We feel out of control and the natural response is to resort to our coping mechanisms, our safety blanket, and in this case the control of food and weight can seem an "easy escape" to help manage the stress of exams. Here we explore this issue and look at ways in which we can keep healthy and happy whiist smashing our studies.
This post will be particularly useful for those who: Experience a heightened level of anxiety around food and eating.
Are inclined to compensate or punish themselves for food eaten.
Those currently having treatment for, or in recovery for, disordered eating.
Those who find themselves stuck in diet mentality, when eating causes negative self- judgement.
For those caring for another with disordered eating.
Bulking, Cutting, Clean Eating, Cheat Days... This post is dishes up the dirt on Diet Culture and the destructive subtexts hidden in the language used around food and exercise, that makes disordered eating seem socially acceptable, encourages yo-yo dieting and ultimately leads to an unhealthy relationship with food and body image.
No labels or diets should ever make you feel inferior or bad about being in your own skin, nor should any diet mean you are not allowed to enjoy the foods and drinks you love.
No labels or associations should ever make you feel inferior or bad about being in your own skin, nor should any diet mean you are not allowed to enjoy the foods and drinks you love...if diet culture hasn't lead you to forget what these truly are