I’ve never had an eating disorder. Therefore, I didn’t believe I had any eating issues.
All of the restrictions and nutrition label checking were to try and get my IBS under control. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t problematic. Since starting SHINE, I’ve become increasingly aware of how many young people struggle with eating disorders, and more concerningly, how many young people struggle with disordered eating.
I am no nutritionist and I have very limited knowledge in the field of nutrition. There is a lot I don’t know, and I am learning bit by bit everyday. What I do know is that I work with a demographic that is plagued by insecurity, body dysmorphia, mental health challenges, and unhealthy eating habits like no other.
I share so that we can learn together. I’ve had my fair share of daily scale check-ins, body fat percentage weighing, MyFitnessPal calorie counting, obsessive FitBit working tracking, and food group avoidance. While I’ve never had an eating disorder or mental illness, I hear time and time again that “I don’t have a diagnosis, and therefore it’s not an issue”
No issue is too small. We ALL deserve to feel our best. Health is not a zero-sum equation. Because somebody else has an eating disorder doesn’t mean you can’t struggle with certain habits, just the same as how somebody else being confident doesn’t mean you can’t be.
You’ve probably noticed that I’ve started sharing a lot more about food on my stories in the past week. A close friend mentioned how me only sharing my coffee breaks and small snacks was deceptive and could be damaging - I do in fact eat, I eat often, and I eat until I’m full.
I just happen to eat weird things at weird times in weird portion sizes (I prefer smaller mini-meals 4-5ish times/day) because it seems to work best for my body. I didn’t want these small portion sizes to make you think I eat very very small portions as full meals, but I now realize that sharing nothing at all is much more harmful.
I hope these graphics are helpful in some small way! I found them through a google search (and checked that the sources were decently reputable), but again this is not professional advice. It’s coming from a friend that wants to make sure you’re eating well & often.
From my experience with food groups and “sensitivities” over the past 6 years, being in control of your eating means you can say no to a food/treat/meal, and it also means you can say YES. If you can say no to ice cream when you’re already full, but you can’t say yes to it on a hot day celebrating with friends, that’s not control. Aim to be in control!