Goodbye ED - Adiós TCA (a personal look into eating disorders)

Marina9

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Hello guys! :D I'm excited to share with you this blog I'm creating on my journey with an ED, especially since the forum and members have inspired me a lot. The main idea of the blog is to share tips and tools about what I did, different therapies I tried, meditation, yoga, EE, motivation tips, and I am adding articles published in SOTT about medication and it's risks, etc. Since it's also going to be my thesis project, it is in Spanish, but maybe some day I will translate the content into English too :)

But I wanted to ask you guys something, since I am not a doctor or specialist I'm a bit hesitant in for example, I don't know how to approach the diet topic. I've done some research as how keto diets or paleo have been helpful to other girls in overcoming ED's, but the last thing I want to do is put the idea of another diet into the mind of girls, I know this is not a diet but a better lifestyle that benefits our brains especially, but even for me it was hard to realize this and not look into it as a diet, I don't know if I explained myself clear.. So I have my doubts as to how write this, maybe putting out the information backed with medical research maybe? Or as all the other topics I'm talking about write my experience with this diet and how it helps? :huh:

I added the layout of the blog here, every menu has it's submenus, with different topics; science explains us: what is bulimia, what is an ED, how it affects our minds and bodies, etc., motivation: books I've been reading, inspirational quotes, testimonies, healthy mind healthy body; meditation, yoga, EE, types of therapies, relapses (here I will talk about relapses I've had and how this can help us too, I used to think of relapses as something awful but in many ways it has helped me to get my courage back and keep on going and the final menu is called towards a healthy lifestyle: food as medicine, mental and physical exercise, hobbies, etc.

Since it is a topic with a lot of things to put into consideration, I would very much appreciate any input you guys may have :D I plan to put it out at the end of the month so I can finish writing more content. Thank you for reading :)
 

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Alana

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Marina9 said:
Hello guys! :D I'm excited to share with you this blog I'm creating on my journey with an ED, especially since the forum and members have inspired me a lot. The main idea of the blog is to share tips and tools about what I did, different therapies I tried, meditation, yoga, EE, motivation tips, and I am adding articles published in SOTT about medication and it's risks, etc. Since it's also going to be my thesis project, it is in Spanish, but maybe some day I will translate the content into English too :)

I am very happy about your new project, Marina! :thup: This is a great idea for a thesis project but also for other people with similar issues to find good information on the subject, especially in your language. The site looks fine to me, as it is designed and structured. Regarding your questions below:

Marina9 said:
But I wanted to ask you guys something, since I am not a doctor or specialist I'm a bit hesitant in for example, I don't know how to approach the diet topic. I've done some research as how keto diets or paleo have been helpful to other girls in overcoming ED's, but the last thing I want to do is put the idea of another diet into the mind of girls, I know this is not a diet but a better lifestyle that benefits our brains especially, but even for me it was hard to realize this and not look into it as a diet, I don't know if I explained myself clear.. So I have my doubts as to how write this, maybe putting out the information backed with medical research maybe? Or as all the other topics I'm talking about write my experience with this diet and how it helps? :huh:

If you do a research in english regarding EDs and Paleo diet, you will find a lot of personal stories and research. Just a quick search for me brought up a lot of results, and these two read particularly interesting:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/real-people-real-paleo-beyond-eating-disorders/

http://thepaleodiet.com/eating-disorders-mental-health-and-the-gut-microbiome/

I do understand your concern about recommending to people already obsessed with diet and counting calories what seems like a new diet, but like you say yourself, Paleo is not so much a new diet but a way of living based on the acquisition of knowledge on what truly feeds our body and brain, and heals them, and our emotions as well - and as a result.

But also, replacing unhealthy obsessions with healthier ones, at least to start down the road to ultimate (as mush as possible) health, is something used with success for different therapies. So if a girl starts being obsessed a bit about eating only Paleo food, and that leads her to read more, do her research and start applying the principles in her life, she will still feel that she is in control of this aspect of her life, but maybe, down the road, when her gut and brain healed a bit from following the Paleo diet and the brain fog have lifted, she might continue to eat this way because simply it makes her feel better and healthier, not because she is obsessed with what she is eating. Read the two articles above, they explain things I am trying to say way better, and do some digging. It seems that there are quite a few people with EDs who benefited greatly when switching to Paleo. This will help you decide whether down the road you will want to make Paleo eating a recommendation on your blog.
 

Marina9

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Alana said:
Marina9 said:
Hello guys! :D I'm excited to share with you this blog I'm creating on my journey with an ED, especially since the forum and members have inspired me a lot. The main idea of the blog is to share tips and tools about what I did, different therapies I tried, meditation, yoga, EE, motivation tips, and I am adding articles published in SOTT about medication and it's risks, etc. Since it's also going to be my thesis project, it is in Spanish, but maybe some day I will translate the content into English too :)

I am very happy about your new project, Marina! :thup: This is a great idea for a thesis project but also for other people with similar issues to find good information on the subject, especially in your language. The site looks fine to me, as it is designed and structured. Regarding your questions below:

Thank you Alana :D since I did some research on girls who have done video blogs, or other type of websites sharing their experiences when I was trying to find more information, and found that most of them where from the US or abroad, didn't see anything in Mexico, and websites like pro Ana (pro anorexia) and pro Mia (pro bulimia) still exist here and have lots of views (which is super sad how they give tips to do the "correct" things in ur eating disorders :() I thought it would be a good idea, as you say to put information in my language. And mainly because all the information that has helped me along the way has been from SOTT or the forum I will be sharing articles from SOTT too, which help to sustain the things I've tried with scientific articles, psychology, nutrition, etc., :)

Alana said:
Marina9 said:
But I wanted to ask you guys something, since I am not a doctor or specialist I'm a bit hesitant in for example, I don't know how to approach the diet topic. I've done some research as how keto diets or paleo have been helpful to other girls in overcoming ED's, but the last thing I want to do is put the idea of another diet into the mind of girls, I know this is not a diet but a better lifestyle that benefits our brains especially, but even for me it was hard to realize this and not look into it as a diet, I don't know if I explained myself clear.. So I have my doubts as to how write this, maybe putting out the information backed with medical research maybe? Or as all the other topics I'm talking about write my experience with this diet and how it helps? :huh:

If you do a research in english regarding EDs and Paleo diet, you will find a lot of personal stories and research. Just a quick search for me brought up a lot of results, and these two read particularly interesting:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/real-people-real-paleo-beyond-eating-disorders/

http://thepaleodiet.com/eating-disorders-mental-health-and-the-gut-microbiome/

I do understand your concern about recommending to people already obsessed with diet and counting calories what seems like a new diet, but like you say yourself, Paleo is not so much a new diet but a way of living based on the acquisition of knowledge on what truly feeds our body and brain, and heals them, and our emotions as well - and as a result.

But also, replacing unhealthy obsessions with healthier ones, at least to start down the road to ultimate (as mush as possible) health, is something used with success for different therapies. So if a girl starts being obsessed a bit about eating only Paleo food, and that leads her to read more, do her research and start applying the principles in her life, she will still feel that she is in control of this aspect of her life, but maybe, down the road, when her gut and brain healed a bit from following the Paleo diet and the brain fog have lifted, she might continue to eat this way because simply it makes her feel better and healthier, not because she is obsessed with what she is eating. Read the two articles above, they explain things I am trying to say way better, and do some digging. It seems that there are quite a few people with EDs who benefited greatly when switching to Paleo. This will help you decide whether down the road you will want to make Paleo eating a recommendation on your blog.

Thank you very much for this links!! The information is great :thup: and as u've said, the last thing I want to do is obsess girls, cause I did went through this too, when back to paleo I started again obsessing and it was a while until I realized I was not doing it for my weight but for my mind. There's also two girls that have blogs but mainly about keto diet, you know recipes and stuff, but they had an ED and since changing to this diet the recovery was better for them.

There's a holistic psychiatrist named Kelly Brogan: http://kellybroganmd.com/. And I was thinking maybe contact her and see if she can give me a brief interview or something, to share it on the blog too. So maybe finding experts like her could help so I can explain that this is not just another diet, but the way to heal ourselves. :D
 
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