a few months ago

How Do You Know If You Have An Eating Disorder Interview With Eating Disorder Survivor Aimie

Summary of How Do You Know If You Have An Eating Disorder?

I almost laughed out loud during the podcast recording.

Aimie was in the middle of reading off a science study. It was an incredible study.

500 obese people were monitored for 32 years …

But only the obese people who engaged in weight cycling or ‘yo yo dieting’ behaviors had negative effects.

In other words, there is a huge needless weight stigma against heavier people!

But what got me to laugh out loud during the podcast recording …

Was when Aimie pulled 10 books out of thin air!

She reached behind a curtain, just like a magician reaching behind some dark fabric before his trick.

And lo’ and behold’ Aimie pulls forth about 10 books! It was a good moment.

How Do You Know If You Have An Eating Disorder

I learned a ton of stuff from Aimie this episode.

The following bullet points are just some ideas, concepts, musings that I particularly resonated with.

Side note – I am relistening to the podcast right now as I take these notes.

I am taking notes as I review the podcast to ingrain the wisdom Aimie shared from her eating disorder transformation:

  • The most common sign you have an eating disorder is an obsession with food.
    • For example, you may constantly think about food while in class, or even be afraid of food before you eat it. You may experience fear or anxiety nearly every time you eat food.
    • Aimie mentions how she used to be afraid of food, exhibit bulimia symptoms, and how this fear basically made her stop eating, until large binges.
  • Aimie’s advice to get rid of obsessive thoughts by catching them and seeing how true these thoughts are.

How do you work with compulsions? Aimie’s advice:

Get a therapist or nutritionist

Taking a step back and recognizing the reasons you are thinking something versus the actual fact.

For example, if you have the compulsion to exhibit a compulsory behavior.

Compulsory behaviors are usually in response to eating, where you think you have to vomit or exercise or not eat to ‘make up’ for eating. Aimie used to have a compulsory behavior to exercise.

To work with her exercise compulsive behavior, Aimie would examine her reasons.

Her reasons to exercise were things like thinking ‘If I miss a run, my body will become fat’ or ‘Would I be exercising if I knew my body wouldn’t change? (if Yes, then No)

overcome body shame

Emotional eating is part of life

Human beings eat for so many different reasons

Eating when sad or hungry is fine

The only problem of emotional eating is when you only know how to handle difficult emotions with food.

If you do use food primarily to handle difficult emotions, the key is building up your resilience and incorporating other self-care behaviors like journaling or sitting still. If after using these behaviors, you still want to have the food, do so without guilt.

When asked about the 3 biggest transformations Aimie experienced, here’s how she replied:

Having more opportunities to enjoy life without thinking about food.

When you are obsessed with food, you can’t live life. You just spend your time worrying, and what you focus on grows.

She embraces a progress not perfection mindset.

Free up headspace – allows much more room in life for good things to happen.

Allows you to change your perspective towards life. Aimie never thought she would be living in Ireland, but now she is living in Ireland.

Intuitive Eating Science Study’s Aimie Mentioned

  1. Intuitive-Eating-Diabetes
  2. Whats-Wrong-War-Obesity
  3. Well-being-v-weight-loss
  4. Is-Food-Addiction-Valid-Useful-Concept

You can visit her site at https://nowbodywellness.com.

For one of the book’s Aimie mentioned, when she pulled the books out from behind the curtain, was the Intuitive Eating Workbook.

I cracked up because I had the book right behind me too! That’s why I am proud to offer this affiliate link to you!

For another great post about eating disorders, read this here.


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