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Calories In, Calories Out: A Brief Explanation of the First Law of Thermodynamics

Calories In, Calories Out: A Brief Explanation of the First Law of Thermodynamics

This is a guest blog post from Rhiannon, one of my Intuitive Eating For Beginners group moderators on Facebook. She has so much experience with intuitive eating that I want to share some of her wisdom.

When I think about reverting back to dieting and counting calories, it helps me to know that the “calories in, calories out” meme is a HUGE misinterpretation of the first law of thermodynamics.

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“The Beginning of the End of My Eating Disorder” Is Now Available!

“The Beginning of the End of My Eating Disorder” Is Now Available!

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.

What Exactly Is Binge Eating?

What Exactly Is Binge Eating?

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

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Help! I Can’t Stop Eating!

Help! I Can’t Stop Eating!

 

Let’s do an exercise. Hold your breath for as long as you can. When you finally allow yourself to breathe again, what happens? The inhale is quite deep on the first breath and your body takes in as much air as it can. Each subsequent breath requires less and less air until eventually your breathing returns to normal. Now take this same process and apply it to dieting. Returning to regular eating is no different than returning to a regular breathing pattern. Our bodies initially inhale what seems like a huge amount of food, but then our food intake normalizes just like how our breathing did. This is exactly what happened to me when I finally decided to work on my relationship with food.

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Same Brand, Different Fit

Same Brand, Different Fit

I am not your typical girly girl. I don’t gush when someone gives me flowers, I haven’t gone anywhere near nail polish since my wedding, and I would rather clean my toilets than go clothes shopping. Memories of trying on dozens of pieces of clothing and only ending up with one, or even none, in my to-buy pile just squashes my desire to even walk into a store. It seems like each time I pick up a pair of pants in what I think is my size, it doesn’t fit! While some of this may be due to vanity sizing or my changing body,1 a good part of this comes from the frustrating fact that sizes are simply inconsistent.

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