February 26 through March 4, 2017 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Thirty million Americans will suffer from a “clinically significant” eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Despite popular belief, we are all at risk. Eating disorders do not discriminate and they can be life-threatening. Due to some misconceptions about eating disorders, it’s difficult for some people to seek help, but professional help is critical for recovery. The most common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other specified feeding or eating disorder. Often times, these disorders go unreported or undiagnosed. Some people suffer for years, afraid to share their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors with others. Lack of treatment can be deadly. Often times, it’s up to family members/friends to have the courage to initially identify those with signs/symptoms of eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorder Associatio...
The food—your favorite food—is in front of you. Why can you not lift the fork and put it to your lips? It smells wonderful and your mouth waters and your stomach grumbles, but your head is saying, “No way! You don’t deserve to eat today.” You don’t lift the fork.
Sometimes, you are able to abstain from eating until the next day and you hear a tiny part of you say, “This is not good.” A much larger part of you says, “You did it! This is what you need to do to be perfect.” Sometimes, you are not able to resist and sneak to the kitchen when no one is around and eat the leftovers and whatever else you can find and promise yourself you’ll be better tomorrow. Sometimes, you keep it down and other times you purge—ridding your body of the guilt.
You spend day after day, minute after minute, calculating your nutrition needs and how much you are eating daily and what can be cut from your diet. You missed your friends party because you couldn’t figure o...
When we think about losing weight, eating healthy, working out, or making other recommended lifestyle changes, it’s easy to feel like we’re sort of on our own. We have to rely on ourselves to make the goals and then be accountable to ourselves to meet them. Accountability is often times, the key to success when it comes to meeting health and fitness goals. But how do we hold ourselves accountable? Is it enough to just depend on ourselves? Is it enough to just keep a food journal or exercise log every day? Will that keep us on track? For some people, yes, keeping these kinds of records and monitoring themselves will be the force that pushes them to continue to meet the goals they’ve set. However, for most people, me/myself/and I just aren’t enough to maintain motivation.
Here are some reasons why:
It’s hard to push yourself out of bed at 5am to exercise if no one else is around.