Never in my life would I have thought that I would have an eatign disorder. I thought that anorexia and bulemia were the only eating disorders, never thinking about over eating or compulsive eating as an eating disorder. But, you know what? I think that I am a compulsive/over eater. I have, for as long as I can remember, had a really hard time knowing when to stop eating. I have had issues with eating until I get sick. Now I don't mean that I force myself to get sick, I just eat so much that there is no where for it to go. I have never really been more than 25 pounds above the high end of my weight range and currently I am about 8 pounds above the high range. The thing is, I feel better when I am about 25 pounds less than I am right now.
I have been attempting to change my eating habits. I have written about havign a food addiction for certain foods. If you read Dr Neal Barnard's book "Breaking The Food Seduction", it makes perfect sense why I am addicted to the food that I am. My problem is that I need to stop eating those foods and like an alcoholic or a drug addict, I crave, really really crave them. It's time. It's really time to stop all this nonsense and do what I need to do.
I have a multitude of reasons for going plant strong. My husband's doctor recommended that he eat that way. I have cancer and heart disease in my family and going plant strong is one way to fight that history. I also have issues with high blood pressure. I have been pregnant twice and both times I ended up with pre-eclampsia. With my twins, my blood pressure was 188/111 the day I delivered them and that was on blood pressure medication. I just read some information that stated if you had pre-eclampsia you are more at risk for having cardiac issues even after you deliver your baby. Given that I have heart disease in my family and my only uncle (myu mother's brother) died when he was only 42, just 4 years away from the age I am now, I really need to get focused and make the changes I need to.
I really believe that going plant strong is the best way to go. I love my meat, but can't stand how animals are treated. I have a really hard time believing that it is ok to eat some animals and not others. I also have areally hard time sometimes eating meat when I think about my science courses that I have taken in the past. I often have the hardest time when I am preparing my own meat. If someone else has prepared it, I am more removed from it and don't think about it as much. That just goes to show you how important it is to be a part of the preparation of your food!
So I am here to admit that not only do I have food addictions, I more than likely have an eating disorder in the form of compulsively over eating. I need to get this undercontrol before I end up causing more health problems. I have to give credit to this blog post for getting me to think this way: http://healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/hop-on-over-to-choosing-raw-and-catch.html
Hopefully I can start posting some of my healthy plant based recipes that I will be cooking for my family!