Anxiety and Disordered Eating

Posted on January 22, 2013


During my journey into healthful living I have realized more than ever that 75% of being healthy is being in a state of mind that offers individual respect for yourself and others. Personally, while juggling all of the things that life has thrown at me I have been lacking on the self-respect, and in turn have created a life with some very disordered eating.

It was not until I was a young adult did I realize that I was suffering through a severe case of anxiety. In fact, I had always had intense anxiety but I didn’t even know it. I thought it was normal to feel nauseous when you were nervous, or to be so afraid of cats (I know, cats) that you’d shake when they came near you. Halfway through my first year of college life really started to shake my up, and the anxiety expressed itself in other ways.

The notion that people attempt to solve emotional problems with food seems as far fetched to me as it does to you, but that’s exactly what I did. My relationship with food at that time was purely how it made me feel emotionally and I’m sure you can imagine which foods I chose to make me feel better.

My journey into wellness is beginning with  a NEW relationship with food. One that consists of eating without any emotional context. Leaving the guilt and bad feelings at the door, and really seeing it as a way to fuel my body, to love my body, and to respect my body.

What is your relationship with food?