Phew! You made it through my whole entire mini series. Props to you if you read all of them, and all the little details.
Just a reminder, here are the other parts to the series:
I wasn’t originally going to include a conclusion, but the series feels a little incomplete without one. I decided to post this just as a little wrap-up of my thoughts and what I’ve learned from this past weekend.
Lesson #1: Food is not the enemy.
I know this already. In fact, I’m sure a lot of you know this already whether you’re struggling hard or further along into recovery. We know food isn’t the enemy, but our ED tries to tell us otherwise. This is why we have such a hard time with eating certain foods. It’s a mix of ED and what society tells us what’s “healthy” and “unhealthy.” But in reality, everything provides some type of nutrients. Yes, there are more nutrient-dense foods out there than some, but if you practice moderation and listen to your body and your cravings, there is no reason to eliminate any food from your diet because everything serves a purpose. I mean, unless you have allergies or an intolerance, then it’s a good idea to stay away from some foods.
Lesson #2: Carbs are good for you.
Carbs is what really kept my energy up for the day. We weren’t only eating all day. We also were walking around and exploring different places, and I needed the fuel to support my activity. Carbs are a fast source and the preferred source of energy for our bodies, so it was important to have a balanced amount of carbs throughout the day. I haven’t been doing too well with that lately, but this weekend just reminded me how important they are! I felt more awake and in the moment than I have for the past couple months.
Lesson #3: Vegetables and protein bars are not the only food group.
Being on the go a lot, plus being in the midst of a slip-up, made me slowly go back to my orthorexia ways of believing my main source of food should come from vegetables, and then snacks could be protein bars. However, this weekend was a great reminder that there are so many other foods out there to have for snacks and meals!
For example, avocado toast or eggs with toast!
I’m definitely going to incorporate more toasts topped with delicious toppings for snacks now. I forgot how good it can be to eat real food over protein bars and straight up vegetables. Plus, they left me feeling more satisfied both physically and mentally.
In fact, I’ve been experiencing a lot of bloating lately, but this weekend, especially on Sunday, my bloating actually went down as I ate. I was in shock, but incredibly happy. I felt so much more energetic, lighter, and I felt like my body was happy for once.
Lesson #4: MODERATION IS KEY!
Gosh this is something I need to really remind myself of. I’ve gotten pretty good with savory foods since I’ve started recovery 2 years ago, but I still struggle with allowing myself to have sweets on my own. I can go out and get sweets with friends, which is still sometimes hard, but when it comes to being alone, I just have a hard time convincing myself to get sweets like ice cream. And then when I do, I go ham on it because I’ve deprived myself of it for so long.
But, I’m changing things right now. Since I’ve come back from this weekend, I’ve had an Oreo pretty much every night if I’m craving it. I’m going to try this out and see if it helps with my mentality and my cravings. I know a lot of people who do this, such as one of my best friends Michelle. She’s been telling me for years now that this is the way to go, and that sweets aren’t going to kill me if I have a little bit everyday or a little bit every week. And I do believe her because I see people who practice this! But it’s just a matter of really convincing myself and giving in to the facts.
Well, that’s the end of this series! I hope you all enjoyed it, and learned something from it. If you just read it for entertainment, then thank you for listening to my ramblings and my eye-opening moments.
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