I recently had a conversation with Jared Levenson from Weight Loss Enlightenment (the name is misleading, but it’s NOT about weight loss). We discussed my experiences with intuitive eating including some of my many challenges with accepting my eating disorder, emotional eating, identifying my hunger cues, etc.
I was always in denial about how sick I was until I actually tried to stop all of those #eatingdisorder behaviors. Only then did I realize how far I’d fallen. Nevertheless, I slowly pulled myself back out and into #recovery. #mentalhealth #anorexia #bingeeatingdisorder #bulimia https://t.co/ZI54QvtcGR
— Deborah Raphael (@mymindmybody1) April 16, 2019
Overeating used to make me feel so guilty. I now realize that my body is smart and will find balance if I overeat.
I work at a high school and I saw these in the counseling center. I was expecting to see ones about sex and drugs, so I was thrilled to see these about #eatingdisorders and #bodyimage. Reaching people at a younger age can really make a difference. #mentalhealth #health #selfcare pic.twitter.com/OTg5ATOe03
— Deborah Raphael (@mymindmybody1) April 11, 2019
My Mind My Body proudly presents the Intuitive Eating Video Series. This episode is called “Challenging the Food Police”.
I want to think more positively, so I decided to create a list as a way to document the qualities that make me who I am. Check out what I wrote in “My ‘Why I Am Awesome‘ List!” and share why you are awesome too!
I have two personality traits that I know I need to keep in check. One is that I am a perfectionist and the other is that I care what people think of me. In this video, I share how these traits fueled my eating disorder and how I deal with them now.
There are some days when I feel down and I forget that I’m a good person, but this is a great reminder that we ALL have value and worth as individuals. #eatingdisorder #Mentalhealth #depression #anxiety #mentalillness #selfesteem #selfworth https://t.co/xHvfyzHTqY
— Deborah Raphael (@mymindmybody1) April 7, 2019
I’m very hard on myself, so I always pushed myself to go-go-go. I realized that when I don’t take care of my needs, I burn myself out. It’s important that I take time for #selfcare. I give myself permission to say no, to take time off of work, etc. so I can take care of me. https://t.co/RGq8ipu7aD
— Deborah Raphael (@mymindmybody1) April 4, 2019
In her honest and open blog, Deborah Raphael delves into how, after dieting herself into an eating disorder, she got fed up with being hungry and miserable and decided to break free. This compilation of personal essays is the first in a series that explores the emotional and physical battles that arise with an eating disorder and the often frustrating journey towards recovery. Not only will this series provide a glimpse into the harsh world of extreme dieting and eating disorders, it will also reassure those who suffer that they are not alone in their fight.
In The Beginning of the End of My Eating Disorder, Deborah candidly describes her struggles with accepting her eating disorder and starting the recovery process. With the help of intuitive eating, seasoned professionals, and an ever-patient husband, Deborah starts on her journey of making peace with food and her body despite her reluctance to part with her eating disorder.
Included in this compilation are several questions and activities for readers to digest as they consider their own relationship with food and their bodies.
I used to see my #depression and #anxiety as weaknesses. It wasn’t until I sought help did I realize that it took an incredible amount of strength to do that. I am in a much better place now even though it was so hard to take that first step towards #recovery. #Mentalhealth https://t.co/9ELgrjmvIn
— Deborah Raphael (@mymindmybody1) April 2, 2019
It’s official! The Beginning of the End of My Eating Disorder will be available on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Although I had hoped to offer it for free for a few days, I am unable to do this and I explain why in this video.
Unless something goes terribly wrong, my mini ebook will be available on Wednesday, April 3, 2019! The Beginning of the End of My Eating Disorder will include revised blog articles and some questions for readers to mull over after reading.
This is resonates with me right now. A family member is sick and doesn’t have much longer. It makes me realize that I need to enjoy life a little more and to not sweat the small stuff. Eat the damn cake! Dance in the rain! Laugh and love to your heart’s content! #enjoylife https://t.co/rQxuPRiMk8
— Deborah Raphael (@mymindmybody1) March 28, 2019
My eating disorder was multi-faceted. I restricted food, obsessed over my weight, and over-exercised, but one thing I never did was binge. Sure, I overate after a period of restriction, but I never binged in the traditional sense of the word. When I joined different online eating disorder groups, I noticed that people used “binge” loosely, throwing around the term when referring to going a little overboard with food.1 That would be like saying my restriction was akin to not eating until dinner was ready. It was so much more than that though and I knew bingeing would be no different. Curiosity got the best of me and questions began forming in my brain. Why does someone binge? What happens during a binge? What does it feel like afterwards? I needed answers and went to the best sources out there: the National Eating Disorders Association and those who have suffered through it.2 …
Every part of me serves a purpose and I frequently take my body for granted. I delve into this on my blog in the article “My Body: A Marvelous Machine“!
I used to feel so guilty about breaking one of my food rules. Now I no longer have guilt about eating, but I may feel regret sometimes.