2019 was quite a challenging one for me on the mental health front. So much so that I couldn’t resolve myself to share my struggles with you earlier. But as I spent more time reflecting on last year, I also noticed a strong need to truly open up about these difficulties. Here, I finally took the plunge.
One of the cornerstones of “Health At Every Size” is to consider each and every one of us enjoys a natural “setpoint weight”. But what is it and how to reach it?
Our brain’s ability to record taste, pleasure, aroma, satisfaction from eating is a powerful driver when it comes to (re-)establishing a healthy digestion.
Words matter. When we keep hearing that thinness = morality and thinness = health, we do end up ‘feeling better’ at a lower weight. But we are mistaken to think we can achieve a better relation to self by modifying our appearance.
This week, I am sharing some of my favourite podcast episodes. Most of them talk about recovery from disordered eating / eating disorders. Some evoke diet culture and the violence of the patriarchy. Many involve incredible life stories and brave activists that courageously fight to carve a path towards food and body freedom for all of us. I hope you enjoy them!
“Emotional eating” is usually self-diagnosed. It tends to involve copious amounts of shame and suffering, and is witnessed across a wide spectrum of size, gender, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, etc. If you identify with this term, here are some ways you can understand it better and slowly dismantle its power over you, in a compassionate, non belligerent way.
If you spent years obsessing over food and exercise, like I did, there is a good chance it slowly engulfed whatever free time you had on your hands. It can go as far as defining your whole identity among colleagues, classmates or your family as the ultra-fit, diet-obsessed gym freak. In most cases, there is a point where this identity suffocates us, for physical or emotional reasons. But how do you find your ‘real self’ again after being defined by your food and exercise routines for so long?