I want to talk about a topic that I learned a ton about when I was first learning Keto, disordered eating behaviors.
I started paying attention to my own eating patterns with emotions and keto through my, probably the last, two months of my experience. And so, it’s very difficult because I think there’s a lot of stigma around emotion and food, especially for women, especially if you learned early in life like I did.
But these are two different things.
There’s the very, very narrow category of eating disorders, right? And that would be indirect.
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Anorexia is not eating at all and starving yourself and bulimia being bingeing and purging. Right?
So there are those two big eating disorders and a lot of us were thinking, we don’t identify with that and those don’t make any sense to us. But then there are disordered eating behaviors, which are not diagnosable. But there are definitely learned eating patterns that are unhealthy, right? Just because it’s undiagnosed or doesn’t carry a name doesn’t mean that it’s an unhealthy pattern. I learned a ton about this when I’m going through my own journey, not just through keto, but through years and years and years of learning to eat clean and assessing how I was using food to cope emotionally.
Disordered Eating Behaviors
I love carbs and alcohol and caffeine. When I’m really stressed, I feel like when I was consuming one of these items that, I’m really doing something good for my body. I feel like I need the extra energy so I need the caffeine, or Oh, I need to unwind, I’ll have a glass of wine.
I was still living in DC at the time and a lot of other people were doing the same things, caffeine, and alcohol. You learn to handle the pain and suffering the same way as your peers because you were all under stress? And all of us are doing the same thing. No one knows or thinks that anyone’s doing anything wrong. Right? So I learned this behavior and it wasn’t until later when I realized that, food is a really big emotional crutch for me.
I read the first book ever on food and nutrition called the Food-Mood Solution and it taught me about what your brain needs nutritionally to function well and how neurotransmitters are literally something you can impact with your food. Omega Threes, Vitamin D and Vitamin B, all of these things that you always hear about what you need to consume, but actually really do matter when it comes to mental health. When I first started playing with the idea of that, I went and switched to clean eating. From there when I feel hurt or feeling like I was suffering I really wanted carbs, I even wanted carbs when I was celebrating and happy. I am a carb addict.
When we are emotionally hurting, we crave carbs, because carbs make your dopamine actually go crazy and actually does make us feel better. So you’re actually not imagining that pizza you’re eating after an emotionally draining day really is making you feel better. When you put carbs in your body, it actually does dump a lot of dopamine into your system and reduce pain. So we are medicating ourselves. It’s just in an unhealthy way. So you’re not crazy, and pretty much everybody does this way of disoriented eating.
Mind Over Matter
Keto is a mindset and a lifestyle, it’s not going to be a quick fix from the I need all the carbs days. It’s not just about a quick drop. The pounds don’t care to do holistically keto as a brand, it’s about body health, right?
The mindset with Keto is to have patience with yourself if you tend to get really upset if you lose weight and you gain a little bit back, you will lose some more. The lifestyle is about patience, being conscious of what food your hand is putting in your body. Accept that slip-ups are going to happen.
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