Guest post by, Pailine Hanuise
Dedicated to Katie Mary Bennett whom will always be in my heart. ❤
I usually like to keep this blog all about natural beauty, nutrition, inspiration and healthy recipes. However, I have recently realized how little I know about eating disorders. I recently had a friend pass away from anorexia. I was at a loss for words…to say the least. I was confused and devastated to name a few of the emotions I felt…
I didn’t understand so many things. Therefore, I called on my beautiful friend and fellow health coach, Pauline. She specializes in recovery from poor body image and eating disorder struggles. I hope this post can shed some light on the subject for you just as it did for me. All my love, Danielle
We might think Eating disorders are rare illnesses that only teenage girls develop because they consciously decide to stop eating to feel better in their body. But in reality, eating disorders are much more common and dangerous than that.
In fact 25% of women in our modern societies will develop a type of eating disorder at one stage in their life. This means that 1 on 4 woman you know will be affected. This is a lot of women.
Eating disorders are not limited to anorexia and bulimia or absolutely linked to extreme thinness as we might think.
Eating disorders are much more complex than this outdated stereotype. Disordered eating includes everything related to food and body image that makes the life of the sufferer painful and difficult.This can be overeating, over exercising, chronic dieting, food restrictions, fears developed around certain food group(s), negative body image or any combination of the above.
You can be ok with your eating but if you are always thinking about how your body looks like and feel bad about it, you will loose your self-worth, self-confidence and at one stage or another this might impact your eating behaviours.
Something that I always have to clarify for people is that you do not have to be underweight to have an eating disorder. They come in all form and shapes. Another thing that is often misunderstood is that disordered eating has nothing to do with one’s willpower. You can have as much willpower as you can imagine, once you find yourself stuck in these destructive behaviours it’s often too late to find your way out by yourself, just with the help of your own willpower.
I usually like to eating disorders to very strong phobias, because this is what they are in a way… phobia of certain foods, phobia of weight gain & phobia of others judgement. And as per all other phobias, they have nothing to do with one’s willpower. But the great news is that we can fully recover from them!
I know it because Ive learned the hard way. After seeing my little sister recovering from deep anorexia, I managed to heal my lifelong battle with bulimia. All my life I struggled with this illness. After more than 15 years of struggles and hitting rock bottom, I am now totally recovered. I am healthier and happier than ever before and I am helping women all over the world to do the same!
So If I can give you a few tips and advices I would definitely tell you not to leave a negative body image or a food issue (as big or as small as it can be) destroy your life and stealing it from you.
Because you can’t enjoy life when you suffer from any type of disordered eating or poor body image, the first thing to do is to seek and ask for help. I know it might sound impossible when you’re stuck in these horrible illnesses but heaps of progress has been made these last years and we are understanding them more and more everyday.
It’s much better to start recovery now and focus on it during the next few months than choosing the easiest solution and keep destroying your health and your self-worth for God knows how long.
Another important thing is to realise that, even though you might have spent all your life struggling with these illnesses, stuck by the limiting beliefs that go with them, things can change and you can change too.
Do you see yourself growing older and not feeling good and confident in your own body?
Do you see yourself having kids while still struggling with disordered eating?
I hope not! Well poor body image or disordered eating are not part of your personality. You have the power to change! And even if it’s never too late, the earliest is the best!
More and more resources are available online for all budgets – I publish free weekly articles and video blogs to help you get a better body image & relationship with food for example.
Also if you feel you need to talk to someone who can understand what you are going through or have any questions, feel free to drop me a line 😉
Pauline Hanuise is a certified Holistic Recovery & Health Coach and is a member of the American Association Of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She believes everyone deserves freedom over food, health & happiness. Having recovered from 15 years of struggles with eating disorders, she is now dedicated to help people making peace with food and get a better life. She is the creator of the health and wellness website paulinehanuise.com and the Facebook community ‘Respect Yourself‘ where she gives tips and advice about health, wellness and happiness.
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