I’ve never suffered from eating disorders. I enjoy food way too much to deprive myself of it and purging was never an option to me as even while suffering with the worst of stomach flus and terrible morning sickness I just have never been successful at making myself purge. Probably a good thing in hindsight as I have no doubt I would’ve been bulimic if I had that ability.
But is “Dieting Disorder” a diagnosis? If not, it should be and I would like to petition this into existence in the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders. Maybe linked under eating disorders with a dotted line connection to the ADD tab.
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It’s a little embarrassing to admit this is just the off-the-top-of-my-head short list of diets I’ve attempted over the years. I’m sure there’s a dozen more I’m forgetting. It started in college when I gained more than my share of the freshman-15. It was more like the sophomore-25. This weight gain came after being a very physically fit teenager with an athletically curvy physique. For the following 26 years I sampled every diet plan under the sun….losing 5 lbs, gaining 7…..losing 6 lbs, gaining 10…..losing 7 lbs, gaining 12….and so on…in addition to throwing in a few pregnancies.
Slightly off topic but worth mentioning….I had a major health scare in early 2017. I slowly lost all feeling (completely numb in the end) from my feet to my chest. I could still walk but I was very weak…could barely climb stairs and walked very slow….and very freaked out when I failed the pin-prick test over 2/3 of my body. It was beyond scary. It felt a lot like having that epidural during labor. Could still move my limbs slowly but had no feeling. Several doctors and tests and MRIs later it was discovered I had two 2.5 cm long demyelinated lesions on my spinal cord and 6 small lesions on my brain. My immune system, for reasons unknown, was attacking the myelin sheath protection on my spinal cord and my brain. This myelin sheath protection is necessary for proper speedy nerve conduction. They are currently calling it transverse myelitis and we continue to pray it was an isolated incident. If it happens again I will receive the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. I eventually regained feeling and it took about 6 months to feel my strength returning. My MRIs now show the lesions are healed with faint scars that remain in their place. No sooner was I healed from that nonsense but then found out beginning of 2018 I had another huge freaky teratoma mass growing on my ovary and had to have my ovary removed and that threw me head first into menopause.
February of 2018 and I was at an all time high of 172 and I was recovering from surgery and in terrible health. My insulin and sugar levels were yo-yo-ing all day as evidenced by my severe hypoglycemic hangry episodes, A1C level of 5.6% (which is just 0.1% away from being pre-diabetic), an average blood sugar level at 123, and well on my way to insulin resistance. My joints and back always hurt and I had 2 yrs worth of painful plantar fasciitis.
*cue the entrance of The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung (an MD nephrologist)
and Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens
I can’t remember how I was introduced to these books (Knowing me it was likely a panicked google search and I’m pretty sure that google search led me to Dr Fung’s YouTube channel) but they have changed my life forever. Also found this research study which showed an improvement in autoimmune MS symptoms with intermittent fasting and I was ALL in! The science just makes sense to me. The amount of valid research supporting this way of eating is growing every day. You’ll have to do your own reading and researching because looking up and linking to all the studies I’ve read over the last year would be mind numbingly boring for you…..but you can start with those 2 books linked above. Do not comment about how “this is unhealthy”,
“you’re killing your metabolism”, “you’re starving yourself”, “women and hormones and blahblahblah” until you have read every page of those 2 books. If you still come at me with those comments even after reading the supporting studies and evidence….well, then……you’re just too stubborn and closed minded for us to have a rational conversation to begin with…so? You just carry-on with your bad self and continue with whatever you believe best for you.
Side note: even my doctor was totally supportive. When I last visited him and he noticed the weight loss he asked what I’m doing to lose the weight. His eyes lit up and a smile spread and he gave a nod of approval saying he’s a IFer too! And then he was all “you should read The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung” and I was all “oh, but I already did!” And he was all “you’re kidding!??” And I was all…..
You get the point…. this lead to a very animated and excited and rushed 30 minute discussion about Dr Fung and this new revolution of information and science in support of this WOE.
I started Intermittent Fasting June of 2018 and lost 25 lbs in the 4 months that followed. I’ve been plateaued on the scale since October but have maintained my weight loss and still seeing body recomposition taking place. This is a huge victory in my book. I also started working out again last Sept so I’m seeing more muscle definition even in the absence of weight loss. The only time I’ve ever succeeded in keeping my weightloss off is when I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. And I’m sure we can all agree that is no healthier than being overweight to begin with.
Author, Gin Stephens, calls intermittent fasting “the health plan with the side effect of weight loss” and that’s so true. My skin is clearer, my blood work is improved, my generalized inflammation and joint pain is better, and the plantar fasciitis I had been suffering with for over 2 yrs was completely HEALED within 2 months of this IF lifestyle! This way of eating is free. No diet gimmicks. No products. No pills. No weekly meetings. I feel like I’ve finally found the fool proof answer to shedding my dieting disorder and regaining my health and wellness. And I’m convinced this is the answer to type 2 diabetes and the obesity epidemic in this country.
2019 is my year. My 47th year is the year I finally start living my best life. If you are overweight, have a dieting disorder, are hangry, pre-diabetic, or suffering with type 2 diabetes or unhealthy gut? You should click the links to the books above, read those 2 books, read all the science literature sited in those books and make 2019 your year to start living your best life too.
Because you are worth it.