Lily and food addictions
I got a message from a young girl I’ll call Lily. She is 18 years old and suffers from food disorders: anorexia, orthorexia, bulimia, binge eating.
She’s researched a lot about food and now eats raw without animal products.
But since lockdown and returning to her mother’s, she resumes consuming a lot of grains and suffers from overeating.
Lily believes the answer to her addictions lies in a 15-day water fast, although people around her advise against this method. She considers herself a bit thick, at least not skinny. Lily has done 3-4 day fasts before.
Lily wants me to recommend someone to accompany her in her recovery (knowing that psychologists have never been able to help her) because the food disorders affect her emotions, relationships and self-esteem. Already, I want to say: yourself Lily! You’ll be the one doing the job. You can receive support but in the end you will do the job yourself Lily.
Dear Lily, forget food and fasting, just let them go. This can be dangerous. Yes, I do fast, but I’ve not been bulimic for decades. Fasting while having food issues may increase them. A fast, in my humble opinion, is far too violent, especially 15 days. Personally, I can’t fast for more than a day and yet I’ve come a long way.
Lily, the solution is in you, you are everything you need. Other people will only reveal what is already inside you. If you changed your diet, you took a big step, you conquered the critical eyes of others, that’s huge. You have extraordinary strength to have accomplished all of these steps at only 18 years old. Let go of the fast and take charge of your life. Forget about food and think about enjoying life. Try out things, activities, projects, until you find what makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. You know, I’ve had times of deep sadness and I can tell you that every morning I wake up with joy and motivation. My 14 year old daughter often asks me: “But how do you get energy like that in the morning Mom?” To which I reply: “Gratitude my dear”. Gratitude for my current life, gratitude for having had the ovaries to make the choices that I’ve made to get there.
Lily, you have everything in you and a great community of women who will be wholeheartedly with you I’m sure.
I mentioned Fabien Moine‘s channel (in French) about fasting and a healthy lifestyle.
Sprouted quinoa recipe
You soak quinoa in water overnight, then rinse, remove the water and let it sprout for half a day: small sprouts a few millimeters in size will appear. Then, the dressing can be very simple: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper, herbs from Provence.