Dispel judgement, debunk the myths and correct the misconceptions you hold about eating disorders.
Diet and Exercise is Not the Answer to Everything
I have been obese most of my life. Yes, some of it is my own fault—I have always loved things like cookies and ice cream. However, almost all of the women on my dad’s side of the family are large. It’s in the genes, a theory backed by my doctor after discussions over my weight. Most of the women on my dad’s side have the shoulders of linebackers and the excess padding that often goes with a larger frame. It didn’t help that my mom is from a Mennonite family, with the traditional delicious baked goods being forced upon me by my grandmother, especially around the holiday.
The Importance Of Nutrition In The Treatment Of Depression
Depression and an unhealthy diet often go hand in hand. Depression can cause the aﬀected individual to eat unhealthily - often by skipping meals, eating high volumes of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars, and choosing processed or instant foods, which in most cases are nutritionally poor.
Dying to Be Perfect: Anorexia Nervosa
Individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa maintain a starvation diet despite being significantly underweight. This disorder is characterized by restriction behaviour and preoccupation with controlling one’s food intake.
Mood Is What The Food Is
The relationship between food and mood It's long been known that the food we eat is directly linked to our overall physical health, but in recent years more research has been done on the mind-body connection, especially about nutrition. In an area of research known as "nutritional psychiatry," researchers are studying the relationship between food and mood, how what (and even when) we eat can directly impact our mental health and overall well-being. At the best addiction treatment centre in Karachi, we have observed that eating well keeps and a love for food keeps people away from drugs and alcohol.
Kimchi in Italy
“The first time I had kimchi was actually in Italy,” I professed in my signature joking tone to the group, which was received with surprised laughter.
To Chew or Not to Chew
Chewing and Spitting My relationship with food is not as healthy as I would like, especially when it comes to the behaviour known as chewing and spitting, which is exactly what it sounds like: you chew food and instead of swallowing, you spit it out into a napkin, or even directly into the trash. I have a poor relationship with this behaviour. And by that I mean I've had periods when I would chew and spit frequently, followed by periods in which I would try to stop, or even would stop, followed by more chewing and spitting. You get the idea. This has gone on for about four and a half years I believe, although I don't remember the exact date I first did this. The last time I chewed and spat something, it was six doughnuts, it was recently, and it was to deal with overwhelm I was experiencing.
The Dieting Mindset
With regards to counting calories, unreasonably many individuals set themselves up for disappointment before they even start the interaction. They in a real sense fear quitting junk food and before they start the interaction are arranging their setbacks en route. Dismal to say however obvious, unreasonably many would be health food nuts are arranging their first Rocky Road setback while eating their last bowl of Rocky Road before the large occasion.
A brush with eating disorders
Let me start off by stating that I was never diagnosed with an eating disorder, but I do have disordered eating tendencies. What is the difference, you ask? Eating disorders are fully-fledged mental illnesses revolving around food, body weight, control, feelings, etc., while disordered eating habits are habits surrounding food (and possibly body weight) that may or may not lead to a full-on eating disorder.
The Guaranteed Weight Loss Trick That Nobody Talks About
Frustrated because you're not at your happy weight? You know what weight I mean — that number on the scale that you’re convinced you should be able to maintain, no matter how much your body resists. It may be a number you got from an Ideal Weight Calculator you found on the internet, or it may be the one you reached at some point in high school or two days before your wedding.
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
I Can Tell You My Secret Now
Note: This piece is about mental health awareness and the struggle many people face every single day. It is not meant as a diagnostic tool or to give any medical advice whatsoever. Every individual has their own story and their own treatment plan, so even if you see part of yourself in this piece, it's vital that you seek the help of a trained professional. It IS okay not to be okay.
How I Stopped Having Food Guilt and Anxiety at Christmas
Gingerbread people and sugar cookies, heaps and piles of boxed chocolate at work, grandma's Christmas pudding and don't forget about that yule log after that huge fest you're about to indulge in... okay you get it.