I'm a young girl and I have an (undiagnosed) eating disorder. I'm currently seeking therapy for it and also for some other reasons, but I'm not sure if my psychiatrists understands my issues with eating. And I don't know how to explain paleo to them, because I'm afraid the concept itself might sound disordered to them.
I started to develop anorexia a few years ago, but it never got really bad, because when I discovered paleo I got better. That good phase didn't last for long, though... I know my eating has been really disordered in the past six months or so. I want to eat paleo but for some reason I just simply can not stick with it anymore. For the most part I have at least been avoiding gluten, but at some point I didn't even care about that. I've been overeating, then restricting and even vomiting and just obsessing about food in general. I don't know how to eat normally anymore, without constantly feeling shame or guilt. I have an intense fear of gaining weight and I'm just unhappy with my body. A part of me still wants to lose weight even though I don't need to.
For the past few weeks I have been sticking with paleo foods, but the same disordered eating pattern has still been there. Just with different foods... I know I have to stop. I don't want to live like this. I just don't know what to do.
Any wise words of encouragement or advice are appreciated. I'd be happy to know if anyone has gone through something similar and has overcome this.
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on September 19, 2013
at 12:01 AM
I have struggled with this too, and am currently seeing a therapist for it, which I would highly recommend. I was forced to see a nutritionist for a while, and while we differed in our food ideologies (paleo kind of spurred my ED), she worked with me to find a balance that was acceptable to me (i.e., paleo foods but in more appropriate amounts). Both have been very helpful for me, because it's something that you don't want to deal with on your own. Ideally, you'll be able to get to a place where you can feed your body nutritious foods, while also not stressing out as much about being flexible sometimes (80/20 principle is helpful here) and what your body looks like.
Best of luck and I'd be happy to share more if you'd like.
on September 18, 2013
at 11:06 PM
I doubt your answer lies with the food, although I highly support Paleo as a way of eating. I hate recommending the medical community but in cases such as yours I'd go that route to find out why you have the issue and use your intelligence and inquisitiveness to help solve it.