How do I/we have the courage to move on from the pain and the disappointments in the present and the disappointments in the past?
Did you ever want something, but did not have the courage to follow your dream? I have too. I have let other people’s beliefs/comments keep me from becoming the woman of God that I was meant to be. We can believe in our dreams, and we can begin achieving our goals.
For too long I have allowed an unwelcome friend–an eating disorder–to tag along beside me. When I am stressed, my reaction is to restrict my eating. Recently I learned about “interval eating.” Interval eating is the concept that you eat something every 3-5 hours. When I am able to do interval eating, I find I am more alert and more present in my activities.
In the future, I hope we will share hope in overcoming the many types of eating disorders. Your comments are welcome.
It has been quite a while since I’ve written here.
I get the majority of my exercise by walking. I used to exercise more than I’ve been doing in the past ten months. My commute schedule changed, and I no longer need to walk up and down a lot of steps to catch a train to go to work. The decreased amount of walking up and down steps has resulted in added pounds to my frame.
Today on the way home, I walked a good distance from a bus stop to my apartment. I feel better right now after just exercising. Endorphins, from my walking, are helping me to feel at peace! 🙂
How do you find a balance between exercising and the quantity of food you eat?
Rachel Lynette has written a short, basic book entitled Anorexia, © 2006, Thomson Gale, a part of The Thomson Corporation.
This book includes a good description of anorexia and the potential dangers of this disease. The author also discusses the causes and treatment of anorexia.
If you think you might have an eating disorder, please seek help from a medical professional: a medical doctor, a counselor/therapist, a psychiatrist, and/or a dietician/nutritionist. Different eating disorders can have different consequences, sometimes there are life threatening consequences to having an eating disorder.
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I have been busy on a personal project, and I will get back to this blog by August 10, 2012 (hopefully before then). I am encouraged from all your supportive comments.
This is a new link for more information on a 12 step organization called Eating Disorders Anonymous. They have links on literature, support, resource links, and meetings.
I recently learned about “interval eating.” In this concept, one ideally eats something every 3 – 5 hours. (It is even better if the item(s) consumed contain(s) balanced nutrients. (You might want to talk to a nutritionist or dietician to learn more about what your body needs to function properly.)
I believe it is also helpful to eat the things you/I enjoy eating. We are more likely to eat something when we enjoy the food item. I am not a dietician, but I took classes in nutrition, and I have studied nutrition for a long time. I have also talked to a dietician many times.
The irony of my eating disorder is that during stressful events, it can be very hard for me to eat anything. A few weeks ago, I went to a family reunion, and for weeks before the reunion, I restricted my eating. I tried to postpone eating until I was extremely hungry. However, when I am extremely hungry, it can make it hard for me to concentrate and hard for me to be “present” in what I am doing.
When I do eat what my body needs, I feel better. I think better.
I probably developed the habit of restricting what I ate when I was a teenager, I believe I originally restricted my eating to help me feel that I was in control of something in my life. Instead of controlling something, I was hurting myself. I was incredibly shy until I was in my late 20’s. My family did not communicate much to each other, and it was hard for me to reach out to others.
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Remember that you are not alone. God cares a great deal for you.
Recently I met a woman I will call Claire. She was in recovery for something other than an eating disorder. However, she shared that she had learned the importance of reading the Bible each day, in order to maintain her recovery. I admired her openness, her dedication to reading the Bible, and the help she found from God in her recovery. She was also fortunate to have a good support system.
When I look at my own struggles with different issues and recovery from an eating disorder, I am thankful for God’s help. When I hit bottom, I did cry out to God. I am thankful for His continued faithfulness and His provision in my life. When I look at where I was ten to twenty years ago, there is a great improvement in my self-care, and my relationship with God. I still want to learn to trust God more, and I want to have more of a relationship with Him and more of a safe,wise connection with others. I also want to read the Bible more.
I do not want it to seem that all of this came easy, or quickly. I still struggle with my relationship with God. I also can struggle with appropriate boundaries in my relationships with other people. In the past, if I shared a struggle I was having with another person at church, I did not appreciate it when someone simply told me, pray about it. I also did not appreciate it if they would say, I thought you were over that. Recently, a woman told me when are you going to trust God with your troubles. Ouch.
We need other people. But we also need God. I do not know who originated the phrase, “There is a God-shaped hole in each of our hearts.” I believe we each seek God, even though we might do this on different paths.
- One step in finding support is to visit the links on this blog. Several organizations offer a variety of referrals and information. You can also talk to your physician or health care provider. Sometimes a family member can become a good support for you. Sometimes a friend can be a support for you. However, be cautious who you share your deepest concerns/troubles with. Your friend may not know how to be a support for you. If you are comfortable, tell your friend how you would like them to support you.
- Sometimes a support group can be helpful. It helps to see that others have had similar situations or issues that you/I have. If you are unable to find a support group, you also might consider counseling/therapy.
- If you are currently in a support group, remember to take care of your needs. Taking care of your needs is basic for your/our health. I learned this concept from a counselor, who led a support group I had been attending. I was uncomfortable when one of the members of the eating disorder group wanted her boyfriend to start coming to our support group. He did not have an eating disorder. However, he did start coming to the group. I talked to the counselor about my feelings, and the counselor said, remember to take care of your needs.
- Honor, acknowledge your feelings.
This website shares a wealth of knowledge regarding a variety of eating disorders.
ANAD is going to have a 2012 Midwest Eating Disorders Conference on Friday, October 26, 2012 in Illinois.
ANAD’s phone number is 630-577-1330
ANAD’s website has a list of ANAD support groups.
This group has a number of affirmations to utilize.
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