I have always struggled with managing my weight and diet. For years, I spent too much time obsessing over counting calories and planning extreme diets to achieve unrealistic body goals. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I was well into my twenties that I realized this wasn’t a healthy approach to food and dieting.
When I finally admitted to myself that I needed help, things became even more difficult as the stigma around eating disorders made it hard for me to seek assistance. Even though friends and family members were trying to provide support, I still felt ashamed and hesitant about revealing what was going on in my life.
However, with patience and perseverance, I managed to put myself into therapy which proved to be incredibly helpful. The guidance of professionals allowed me try out different techniques like mindfulness exercises, substitute healthier habits instead of restrictive eating patterns, and accepting myself for who I am now instead of striving for an unachievable ideal.
Getting involved in fitness activities further increased my self-confidence because I found that maintaining a physically active lifestyle could yield results without having to resort back to age-old unhealthy practices. Most importantly recovery really began when I concentrated on being kinder towards myself in order to create lasting positive change.
Though the journey hasn’t been easy – there have been many bumps along the road – it was necessary in order for me to gain insight into how well-being works for me personally. It has encouraged me look at food differently instead of despairing over its consequences since what we eat provides opportunities for nourishment rather than punishment