7 indications you are bordering on an eating disorder
Do you wonder if your behaviour around food is ‘normal’? Is food and weight loss a big thing in your life? Are you not happy with your body? Do you start new diets all the time? This can all point towards the development of an eating disorder. It is difficult to be diagnosed with a condition, which has such a sliding scale.
As an experienced non-diagnosed sufferer of bulimia nervosa and a trained psychotherapist/coach, I have put together seven indicators that will put you on the sliding scale of an eating disorder:
- You know exactly how many calories / sugar / carbs are in normal food – I knew the calories of all the food around.
- You are on the scales at least once a day – I was on the scales between there and six times a day.
- The results of your weigh in is affecting how you feel the rest of the day – my mood was happy and positive if I had lost weight, dark and desperate if I had gained.
- You plan everything you eat in advance – I could tell you what I had eaten the last week and what I was going the eat the coming week.
- You get anxious when you can’t stick to your planning – going out for a spontaneous meal was very stressful.
- You look at life as ‘good days’ and ‘bad days’ – I had more bad days than good days, but the judgment had all to do with what I had eaten.
- You beat yourself up all the time – I found myself extremely stupid and weak, not even being able to stick to my plan of what I was going to eat.
If you recognise more than three of the above, it is time to step back and instead of counting calories or starting a new diet, look inside to find out what you are running away from…
There are several self-help books around, maybe you can find support on-line or find a coach who can help you on a one to one basis.
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About Mariette Jansen
Dr Mariette Jansen (Dr de-stress) is a psychological coach, using therapy models, coaching techniques and mindfulness meditation to help you become balanced, stress-free and in control of your life. Focus areas are work-life balance, confidence, food/diet stress and general stress.
Author of two books on meditation and exam stress.