Hi, I’m Danica, 19 years old and a major health foodie!
After reading all of your lovely blogs, I started my own but unfortunately stopped posting because school and life just got too crazy! But, I am ready to try again and I hope you will all read along and try out some of the crazy (delicious) food combos and recipes I post up here!
Eat to Live to Eat.
Blessed with a love for food, an active lifestyle and healthy, homecooked meals growing up, I have always had a (very) healthy appetite. Thanks to good genes and the fact that I was a competitive gymnast, I ate like a horse but was always really tiny (read: I was under 5 feet going into high school!).
However, a couple years ago, I started struggling with disordered eating (I say that because I was never formally diagnosed) and ended up losing too much weight. I focused entirely on calories and not enough about nourishing my body with a wholesome and balanced diet.
Only now when I look back do I realize how much harm I was doing to my body and how pointless it was to diet this way. I went through every day looking forward to the next time I would eat (all while trying to eat the lowest calorie diet possible – doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? but that’s ED for you) and limited myself to eating “healthy” foods like vegetables, All-Bran flakes, fruit, tofu etc. I lived to eat.
These days, I thrive on a balanced diet of as many superfoods as I can fit in! I eat to live because food nourishes you, fuels your workouts and heals you in the most natural way. I feel happy, energized and strong eating the mix of foods I choose now. Satisfying my cravings (for all things chocolate and peanut butter-y) and eating what I want when I want is something I will always do because if there is one thing I have learned, it is that our bodies know what it needs. Whether that means broccoli, brownies or anything in between, just trust it and go with it! And timing of food/meals? Eat when you are hungry. It’s all pretty simple but boy, did it take awhile to get to where I am at now.
I don’t regret one minute of my journey to recovery because
1) I don’t believe in having regrets
2) I know everything happens for a reason
3) I have learned so much about food (through your wonderful blogs!) and even more about myself.
Trust me, recovery is worth it because you are worth it. I’m so happy to be able to enjoy food again – to get excited about new grocery stores finds, trips to the farmer’s market and going out to eat reallllyyy good food. But, now my life isn’t centered around food anymore. I’ve realized that there is so much more to life. There are friends to go out with, family to spend time with, dogs to take hikes with, countries to travel to, beaches to tan on (!) and so. much. more.
Don’t get me wrong, I love food – always have and always will, but I refuse to ever let it take over my thoughts and my life again.
So thanks again for reading and if you have any questions/comments, send an e-mail my way at dchan229 (at) uwo.ca !