Don’t restrict. Ever.
That’s basically the number one rule of eating disorder recovery. You eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Craving a mega size chocolate bar instead of spinach salad? Go for it. Half a pizza for breakfast? You bet.
The goal is to unlearn all your restrictive habits. To remind yourself that eating is necessary, and better yet, enjoyable! Recovery is all about finding balance and letting go of control.
But what if I want to be vegan now that I’ve started getting over my eating disorder?
I’ve read infinite articles, blog posts and commentaries on the controversy of becoming vegan after an anorexia. I know that most experts highly recommend NOT going vegan. I know that it’s risky because in a sense, it’s another form of restriction. I know there’s a chance it could trigger me back into my disordered ways.
I know all of that and yet, I still want to give it a chance. Maybe I’m really stubborn, maybe I like a challenge, or maybe I just want to prove I can do it.
Whatever the reasons, I’M GOING VEGAN.
For real this time. Like a true, kale-loving, falafel-eating, tree-hugging, yoga-doing vegan. (Please don’t be offended by the ridiculous amount of stereotypes I just used). Seriously guys, I’mma do this veganism thing. Because honestly, life with an eating disorder sucked and I need something new to get me excited about food. Something that makes me feel good about food. Something that heals my insides AND my outsides.
Something like becoming vegan!
Have any of you become vegan after suffering from an eating disorder? I’d love some motivation or tips : )