I’ve always been a vegetarian, but when I was 15, I went vegan. I did this because I thought my mom was being mean to us and that she was starving us. I ate vegan for 5 years and then I started eating it again because I wanted to get in shape. I went back to eating a vegan diet. I was introduced to raw foods and began to really love it. I went vegan again and decided that I could eat it 100% of the time. I ate this way for 2 years and did the best that I could.
I grew up eating fast food and junk food. I always had a sweet tooth, but I’ve always been relatively healthy and slender. It wasn’t until I started college that I really started eating to fill a void. I started eating late at night and never really had a good appetite. I would eat fast food and eat late at night all the time. I didn’t start bingeing until I started college. But of course, I still was trying to fill the void. I’ve realized, though, that I can’t ever go back to the way I ate before. I can’t ever eat fast food again, I can’t eat late at night, and I can’t eat junk food.
I am so happy to read a post from you because you are an inspiration. I was diagnosed in my early 20s and it has been a journey of learning, self-acceptance, and power for me. I too am a vegan, and always have been. I have been far more plant-strong than I have been vegetarian, but I went through a time where I lost all control of my eating, and I was so far into disordered eating. Luckily I was able to recover fairly quickly and that experience made me realize just how far I still had to go to be truly healthy.
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