So, I know this is kind of an obscure question but I am really curious. I have Binge Eating Disorder and was wondering if anyone else suffers or has suffered from an eating disorder and if there was a change when switching over to TKD. While reading, I am wondering if processed sugar and animal products may be contributing to my behavior. Obviously, the psychological component cannot be discounted. Thanks for your input!
I too have suffered from eating disorders (binging being the main one). Sadly, going vegan has not changed that, but I'm now working to cut out all processed foods & eat more like a "superhero." I truly hope that is the key to ending the cycle. Good luck to you, as well.
going vegan has definitely helped with my eating problems. i still go through points of binging and having issues, but it definitely happens less and less. my relationship with food has become much healthier and i am hoping in the future my binging with completely go away. hope this helps.
Oh I am so glad that you have posted this. I suffered from anorexia for almost two years, and developed severe health issues due to it, such as anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, low blood pressure , amenorrhea (loss of period), fainting, horrible depression, hospitalization, digestive dysfunction, etc. I will put it to you straight: THE KIND DIET SAVED ME.
What I first want everyone who reads this and has an eating disorder to ask themselves is this: why have I chosen to become vegan? If the true answer in your heart is that it's an excuse to avoid junk food and to restrict your diet even more, be honest with yourself and open your eyes to what veganism is really about.
The Kind Diet taught me how to appreciate my body in a way that I had never known before. I now have come full circle and I love nourishing my body; it is so special to me. My mom became vegan too because she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. We are both so happy and content now, even though our lives may seem hectic.
Read the Kind Diet thoroughly. Understand what it stands for: being kind to nature, and being kind to your body. Love your life. The human body is a miraculous gift, one that could be taken away at any moment.
My hope is that nobody has to endure what I did before being enlightened. You have the power to regain your life, and so much more!
I have suffered from bulimia for half of my life & am just now getting a better handle on my ed and issues. I had previously been vegan, but not for the right reasons (I was wary of the health harms caused by animal products, but it had a completely different focus for me than kindness and compassion)
After going through treatment last year, I was a strong meat and animal product consumer. But it started me on a path of consciousness and enabled me to better handle my ed. It has been over a year since I "finished" treatment (it never really finishes, especially with eds) and have been able to find a strength in TKL and TKD that I never had during post-treatment meat-consuming days.
The thing is that I honestly don't know if veganism will solve ed issues. It is a process of understanding what is really desired. I honestly don't know if veganism would have worked for me 6 months to a year ago. But with that being said, I have seen a remarkable difference with TKL approach to life and health compared to my previous attempts at veganism. It is no longer a mask to hide restriction. It is about more than that, more than myself, and a powerful tool to exude kindness and compassion into the world around me.
I had to be ready to take on a challenge bigger than myself, but it has helped tremendously. Where once I could not go a day without bingeing, now I can go a few days and even a week (which is huge progress from years of habitually harmful treatment). When I was mentally able to handle the world around me, veganism and TKL has helped me by stepping in and saying "hey there's something out there bigger than you. There is something out there that anyone is worthy of, especially you. You have all the power you need inside you and there is no better way than to channel that towards love, compassion, ethics, and kindness."-- especially kindness to yourself.
Wow. This post came to me like an answer to a prayer... I have been feeling so lost and alone in my struggle to regain balance and control when it comes to my compulsive/binge eating...
After a binge this afternoon I came to The Kind Life in search of even just a morsel of something to inspire goodness in myself again after being awash with guilt, shame and self loathing and just "happened" to come across your post and this forum... It's helped me to not feel so isolated in this battle. And that was enough today for me to be able to find a small space in myself to come back from the blow of my last binge... For that I am really grateful.
It often feels like one step forward two steps back; and I get into such a spiral with my thought patterns ans feelings... I don't KNOW how to overcome this compulsive (and destructive!) behaviour! I guess other than getting back on the proverbial horse when I fall off.. But I find it so demoralising to keep failing myself when I'm trying so hard to beat this and become more integrated, healthful and whole...
Wow. I honestly never thought I would get such a response! Thank you! And, again, I am so very sorry for your suffering. If anyone understands the pain associated with an eating disorder- its me. From a more selfish perspective I must admit it is helpful knowing I'm not alone. Your words have also been quite helpful. I came here looking for some people who understood after a binge this afternoon. The more I think about it the more I realize I rarely binge on vegan foods- especially not fruits or vegetables. That plus embracing the philosophy of TKD gives me great hope as it seems it does for you all. It's gonna be a long fight but I am really glad we're not giving up any time soon (tempted as we may be). I wish you all nothing but the best!!
Going vegan did not really help because the core issue I have is my attitude towards food. Food = evil = punishment. Bad self-esteem has led to a LOT of punishment! My dance background had a serious impact on on my psyche. The Kind Diet really helped this so much! For the first time I see food as a positive thing, something that nourishes instead of hurts me. I eat all the time but I don't feel bad because it is amazing and nourishing food.
Hang in there. My binges have gotten so much better over the years and I feel like this was the final step I needed.