Eating Disorder Nutrition

Eating Disorder Nutrition by Emma DeRaaf

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Eating Disorder Nutrition

By: Emma DeRaaf

Published On: March 18, 2019

Did you know that March is nutrition month? I didn’t either until I got an email from my dietician. When I got the email, I thought about how great it is that we can focus on taking care of ourselves. Yet, I also thought about how this is a great time to educate ourselves. While creating a dialogue of support with those who suffer from eating disorders, disordered eating behaviours, and all the other aspects having to do with nutrition and our bodies that may not fit into simple diagnostic categories. As someone who has been in Recovery for my own eating disorder for almost a decade, I know how important it is to learn and support those who live within the reality of their eating disorder. Like many struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, even a decade into Recovery, the reality of my eating disorder still exists within me.

Almost every single day I catch myself thinking negative thoughts about food, drinks and even my body. Whether it’s
in response to being too busy to workout or someone commenting on what I ate or how much I ate, the triggers are there. It could be easy to blame those who make these comments, but the truth is that most people don’t live in my reality where I have to spend seconds, minutes, sometimes even hours of positive self-talk and effort to convince myself that I am allowed to eat something and enjoy it. This is my reality, with years of Recovery under my belt. Imagine how much darker and how much more painful the reality is for someone striving for Recovery. For those who don’t even consider Recovery an option.

If you are reading this and you wonder if Recovery will be any better for you when after 10 years of Recovery, I still have daily challenges to face, the truth is undeniably yes. Recovery is both possible and achievable, while also helping me feel infinitely better than I did before I sought help. While I still have to be honest about my struggles and work at my Recovery, that positive self-talk does work for me and I know that my triggers cannot control me. I am a survivor and that is the reality by which I choose to define my life.

Let’s use this month to reach out, be understanding and supportive to those who may be struggling more than we know.