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Please find below a very interesting post from Ali Kerr. In this post, Ali talks about her big discovery and her journey to healing and living life free from the Demon of Eating Disorder. We hope you’ll find the post helpful in your journey to recovery and healing.
When my husband and I decided to commit to recovery, we really DID commit to it.
We took matters into our own hands and began researching, testing and questioning everything that was available to us. You name it, we tried it.
Hypnosis, CBT, positive thinking, affirmations, meditation, tapping, mindfulness… I became my own scientific experiment in regards to my recovery.
Most of those didn’t really work (for me, anyway), but eventually we discovered some snippets of things that helped.
The biggest revelation that I have encountered along the way might seem exceedingly simple.
It is the power of the body’s natural survival mechanism.
If your body thinks that you are in the middle of a famine, it will do everything in its power to ensure that you are consuming enough food.
Let’s delve a bit deeper into the facts.
The three essentials that we absolutely must have to survive are these:
If we fail to get enough of any one of these three, we will die. To prevent us from dying, the human body developed powerful survival mechanisms to make sure that we breathe, drink and eat.
Let’s put it to the test. Try holding your breath for 45 seconds. Not only is it extremely uncomfortable, difficult and scary – every cell in your body is suddenly taken over by one thought only…
The urge to breathe strengthens.
You become obsessed with air.
You want to binge on it.
Let’s turn to the second essential. We have seen it in the movies – someone is lost in the desert and all they can think about is water. If they were offered a choice between a million dollars and a jug of water, they would more than likely go for the latter.
Why would food be an exception? It certainly isn’t. If anything, the urge to eat is even more powerful.
This is it.
This is the piece of information that I want you to really take in.
Your body’s natural survival mechanism creates powerful binge urges if your body is deprived of nutrition.
Ask yourself these questions:
Have you ever gone on a strict diet?
Are you cutting out food groups, such as carbohydrates or fats?
Are you exercising a lot but not eating enough to compensate for the burned calories?
Do you fast, restrict or purge after bingeing?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any one of these questions, you might have very well triggered your body’s survival mechanism. Your body might be releasing tons of chemicals that make you want to binge.
It is a natural response to malnutrition. And it wouldn’t be activated if you were not depriving yourself of food in the first place.
Learning to notice and respond to your natural hunger cues might be difficult but the first step towards it is accepting the centuries-old wisdom of your body.
It is doing its best to keep you alive.
It is doing its job.
Instead of fighting against it, you can teach yourself to help it out.