When you have an eating disorder, it can be difficult to remember what ‘normal’ eating was. I think it’s even harder when we live in a society with magazines showing a celebrity’s intake which is clearly not ‘normal’ or healthy.
Normal eating is:
- Eating something at least 3 times a day.
- Eating both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods. What I mean by this is eating a variety of foods without feeling guilty. There is no such thing as a bad food.
- Being aware that eating is not the most important thing in life, there are things to do and see. Life is amazing, but you have to eat in order to be well enough to do these things.
- Being able to eat in a flexible way so that it does not interfere with life. For example being able to go to the cinema for an 11:30 showing and not worrying about lunch having to be at 12:30.
- Eating socially and in a similar manner to others in the group.
- Eating ‘junk’ food occasionally.
- Eating more than you feel you need to sometimes.
- Eating less than you feel you need to sometimes.
- Eating food that you enjoy
- Not counting calories, weighing food or following a strict and rigid diet.
- Not eating the lowest calorie food of that type, for example the lowest calorie bread, diet biscuits and so on.
- Not having to constantly weigh yourself to reassure yourself.
- Not eating to lose weight.
- Not avoiding certain food types.
Remember that there is no food unhealthier than having an eating disorder.
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