I came to this lifestyle to cure my eating disorder! I have anorexia and I am recovering.I have regained almost all the weight but the psychological part of it will take to heal. In my opinion the best way to cure eating disorder is into this lifestyle. If you have any questions you can contact me by email or by firstname.lastname@example.org or @veganbmary at instagram
In short - YES! :) I firmly believe it's what pulled me out. I hope it helps for others, too.
I suffered from anorexia in varying degrees for 5 years (almost all through high school plus a couple years afterward) and bulimia as well for almost 3 of them. I honestly thought I'd never get out. I remember a time when I weighed 92 lbs. and stood in front of my fridge, scared to eat one grape...when it had been over 24 hours since I'd eaten. I saw an "Only 100 Calories!" snack package & thought, Seriously? That's a day's worth of food!! Another time I was lying in bed after school, my energy drained (as I always did - though my ED kept me from sleeping much); and my heart started pounding very fast and with an off rhythm. I got so scared. It started to happen when I rose from lying down at any time, and I got dizzy when I rose from being seated. At that point I seriously wondered, Is this going to kill me? And there's the time when I "binged" on a single Oreo, and didn't leave the bathroom till I was throwing up yellow bile (my stomach didn't even have water in it) and I weighed a pound lighter. The scariest thing is that I went through it all alone, in secret.
But there came a point when I had gone through enough. I was so tired of restricting, feeling like I wasn't really living, and wasting food & money in secret. My sense of morality - what the right thing to do was - won, I guess. So the decision to change is essential, but I think veganism really helped. It was the only path of change that seemed remotely doable for me!
When I discovered HCLF, Raw-till-4 veganism - a way to not restrict, not focus on calories at all, AND get the body I wanted all along (which, sadly, was a huge motivator - but Freelee was a huge inspiration & help to me) - it was the thing that helped to really get me eating again. Because it all happened extremely gradually (I definitely didn't start having the recommended 2000+ calories till about a year), the weight gain wasn't too scary. And fruit was one of my "safe(ER)" foods all along, because it was fat-free and I knew all its health benefits. Yes, there were days I hated myself; but I had to stay optimistic about my future. At my most I was 130 lbs., and now I am a healthy, athletic, lean 120. My disordered mentality is totally gone; I see myself as I really am, and the scale doesn't matter. As for bingeing and purging, I realized I did it partly because I was so, SO hungry (and it also became a habit)! So getting enough calories from foods that I know are doing my body nothing but GOOD has taken care of my monsters for good.
When you're putting healthy food in your body, you have a new kind of control. It's not the bullying, restricting kind of control that used to govern my life and make me feel I was on top of things (when, honestly, it was controlling me). It's the control that empowers me, gives me the opportunity to live a healthier, happier (and perhaps longer) life, and which lets me stomp out my old demons and say, "I will never let you back into my life. I don't want or need you any more - you do me nothing but harm!"
Healing takes time, but it's the best feeling ever. And I think that's what's so good about this lifestyle: it's not about a quick fix!! So when you feel miserable, you have to remind yourself that the food you're eating is doing you good. Good for your physical health, mental health, emotional health, your future, everything. Because mentality is such a huge part of this!
I guess that's all I have to say on it. I know everyone has a different story, different struggles. But I was in pretty deep, and veganism helped me, personally, out. For that, I'm forever thankful & glad :)
Please remember that it's a process of constant practice.
I can honestly say it helped me more than I ever thought it would.
I think the main problem with a lot of girls (myself included) is when they come to this lifestyle they are still in the eating disorder mindset. They don't often eat enough straight away, and fall of the wagon, claim it doesn't work. What you'll find is if you do follow this lifestyle properly you'll slowly start to become more comfortable around food. This lifestyle was amazing for me because a lot of my 'safe foods' were fruits and veg, and to find I could eat them in an abundance was somewhat comforting to me. It really saved me, just make sure you are eating enough, food to the brain helps the thoughts, you'll be amazed what lack of nutrition does to your cells and mental state! If you're uncomfortable about counting calories you can always email me @ email@example.com and I could work with you about having a meal plan?
Another thing before I go is that you need to realise if you are very underweight you will gain, no matter what you eat you will gain weight (but usually it's more water weight than fat tissue) it's a naturally bodily instinct, your body does this to ' protect ' you in case you starve again. But the weight comes off, it evens out, you just have to stay committed (and remember it's a process, getting over any mental illness takes time) and don't be scared to go get help from a professional if you feel like you need that extra hand to work on the eating disorder thoughts.
I really wish you the best x