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Food restriction is a topic that I’ve never discussed in the Crave Cure series. I mainly help women who have issues with emotional eating. Also, I never had any experience with food restriction. However, whether we struggle with emotional eating or food restriction, the path to healing is the same. So in this episode, I’m touching on food restriction for the very first time. I’ve brought in a guest who is intimately familiar with this issue.
Meg Doll’s Story
Meg Doll is a registered nutritionist, author, and eating disorder survivor. Her struggle with food restriction began when she was 10 years old, when she lost a close family member. She began restricting food as a means to cope with the pain of losing someone dear to her. With the help of her parents, she quickly recovered. However, at the age of 15, she relapsed and the struggle dragged on for years. After recovering to anorexia, she also struggled with disordered eating.
Fortunately, she recovered from her eating disorder and disordered eating, studied to become a nutritionist, and is now spreading a message of hope to women who struggle with eating disorders.
Highlights of the Interview
Eating Disorder Versus Disordered Eating – Eating disorder is a mental illness. It is not a choice. On the other hand, disordered eating comes from having a disordered relationship with food. It’s using food to numb the emotions you don’t want to feel (aka emotional eating) or having an obsession with food.
On Thoughts that Trigger Restrictive Food Behavior – In order to overcome food restriction, you must bring awareness to the talk that’s going on inside your head and disassociate yourself from them. You must realize that these thoughts aren’t yours. They’re from the voices inside your head. However, you do have a choice on how to respond to these voices.
On Letting Go and Tuning In – Meg Doll shares that, after she overcame food restriction, she became obsessed with meal plans. However, she eventually learned to eat intuitively. She says that we must learn to let go of the things, such as rules, that are no longer serving us and to tune into ourselves. Too many rules leave no room for intuition.
The Road to Recovery – There is no straight road to recovery. There will be highs and lows. But as you progress, these highs and lows will be less dramatic.
On Loving Yourself – If you want to recover from an eating disorder, you must love yourself first. There are four building blocks of self-love: self talk, self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-care. Megan discusses this in her upcoming book.
Last episode, I talked about how to start believing in yourself. It’s an episode that will speak to you especially if you struggle with self-doubt. You must believe that you can believe in yourself! You can listen to the episode here.
Next episode will be exciting because I’m about to share my #1 strategy for overcoming emotional eating! So stay tuned!
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Links mentioned in this episode:
Keto Freedom book: http://amzn.to/2qovKoa
The Nourished Podcast: http://megtherhn.com/podcast/
Meg Doll’s Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2gTHOdj
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