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Friday, January 21, 2011

I've been doing pretty well.

I've set my SP stuff to maintain at 127 (I don't know if I weigh that or not, I'm still on scale boycott!) and I intend to eat mid/high in my new higher ranges. A lot of my mood issues can be undereating in addition to ED type thoughts.

I also have my first therapy appt on the 1st with someone who deals with ED, anxiety, depression and abuse issues - all things I need. I've already let her know I'm a long time vegan, that it's NOT a symptom or the cause of my food issues and is non-negotiable. She said she admires my conviction and will not try to attack my moral veganism or blame it for food stuff. Thank goodness.

Having heard from vegans in recovery/hospitals that they weren't allowed to be vegan made me nervous (and pissed, honestly. You're a medical profession and should be able to help them recover without completely ignoring their ethics/morals. You can totally gain weight on vegan food!) I'm nowhere near that sick (I eat, I'm a healthy weight, I don't need to be refed, etc.) but I know that veganism has been linked to ED/pro-ana stuff - some use it as a cover for their ED - and it can be looked upon suspiciously. Obviously, the vast vast vast majority of vegans aren't covering an ED, they are doing it for the animals/planet/their health - and with how vegans LOVE them some food (even ones like me who have food issues!) I'd say more of us eat too much than too little. ;) Vegan food is just so darn delicious. And all the vegans I know IRL and online love to cook/bake and are pretty fantastic at it. :)

But yeah, I got that part out of the way before the visit so I wasn't hit with an unpleasant surprise of having to defend my diet. Therapist seems like a nice lady. We'll how it goes.

Onward and upward.
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    I share your frustration about vegans with ED who can't get treatment! I have a good friend (not my gf) who has dealt with serious ED since her teen years and is a long-time vegan and does not like therapy. She had finally reached a point where she wanted to check herself into a facility, which is a huge step for her, but they would not accommodate a vegan diet. That is so unacceptable! So now she is continuing to suffer and I worry for her health because she is not doing anything to treat it. The medical profession needs to wake up! It really pisses me off. But I am proud of you for taking this step and I hope it helps you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3642 days ago
    Can't wait to hear how things progress so far. I think you are doing amazing at finding your own way in this journey.
    3648 days ago
  • ALICIA0099
    So glad you looked into this, being proactive NOW is good instead of waiting until someone else is pressuring you to get help.

    I missed my last therapy appt, totally forgot about it and slept in...and I really needed it. She's gonna get an earful this time though. ha.
    3654 days ago
    I'm glad you found someone that will respect being a vegan. Usually when people don't understand they criticize so I'm glad she is willing to work with you.
    3654 days ago
  • JLITT62
    You even sound better.


    From many things you had written in the past I was worried, but never, ever did I attribute anything to veganism. If it weren't for fish, cheese, and my husband, I'd be vegan too! Or at the very least vegetarian. Ok, there's the fish thing again.

    But I do eat vegetarian probably at least 75%.

    After my husband enjoyed his bacon the other day (I know, I'm sorry, I didn't eat any), I asked him if he would ever eat a dog. Of course he wouldn't; he loves dogs. And I just pointed out that pigs are smarter than dogs. And left it at that.

    I often wonder, for instance, why it's ok to eat a cow but not a horse?

    Anyway, I hope that the therapist can help you to get back to a "normal" relationship with food -- whatever the heck that is!
    3655 days ago
    She sounds great! This is very cool.
    3655 days ago
    Good luck. I'm glad you found someone who will respect your veganism. I don't know why some people get so touchy about what other people eat. I guess an ED therapist would have to, but I'm glad she's OK with it. Sending you good wishes for some relief!
    3655 days ago
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