How To Eat Right & Love Yourself

Learn how to eat right and learn self-love from someone who has lived through the journey of an eating disorder.

As someone who has lived through all the stages of an eating disorder - eating healthy, exercising, and self-love are each difficult tasks to live by.

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My perception of food and health are vastly obscured by my mental disorder, which although it has diminished, is still relevant inside of me. I bring this up because when I was at my worst, all I heard was that you can never escape an eating disorder. Hearing that statement brought on thoughts of suicide and no motivation to overcome my mental illness. What I didn’t understand at the time is that yes, eating properly and embracing the body that you’re in is always going to be a challenge, but it becomes such a minimal effort as time goes on.

regardless of if you live with an eating disorder or not, eating right and self-love are both topics which many women (and men) struggle with in today’s society.

Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve come to live by to make these topics easier to handle:

Focus on the food, not the calories!

Truly one of the hardest obstacles for me when it comes to eating healthy is allowing myself to eat high-calorie meals regardless of the nutrients it may contain.

I’m still afraid of calories. I’ll admit it. I am still frightened by a number which has no actual power over me, but yet I let the number control my actions.

Instead of directing your eyes to the calorie section on your foods packaging, look a little farther south and read what the ingredients are. Rule of thumb is the fewer words the better.

Pro-Tip: Shop the outside edges of your grocery store, if you’re really up for a challenge. I’m talking produce, poultry, fish, and dairy sections. Chances are there aren’t any caloric information on those fresh brussel sprouts that caught your eye. If it came from nature it doesn’t matter how many calories it has - it matters that it holds the nutrients that keep you moving!

Don’t exercise because you feel like you have to, do it because you want to!

Getting caught up in the latest fitness trends is very tempting. Especially when your entire office commits to joining a gym and starts taking spin classes together.

Forget them, forget everyone else, and forget what you think you should do. Do what feels right. Just because you told yourself on January 1st that you would make it a point to do 100 push-ups every day doesn’t mean that you are breaking the law when you can only manage to do 50 push-ups every other day.

Pushing yourself isn’t a bad thing, but pushing yourself into situations you truly don’t want to be in is. Who cares if you don’t go running on the weekends! When you want to you will and depending on if you feel invigorated or destroyed, you can then decide if you want to do it again.

This is your body, your life, your existence. Learn to love who you are and change what doesn’t feel right.

Totally easier said than done but I recommend Gala Darling’s, Radical Self Love products as your starting point. (The RSL Almanac is a personal fave of mine!) It’s very important to remind yourself of who you are, why you’re here and have a monthly check-in with yourself to see if you’re on the path you want to be on.

In my case, I found my purpose only after the suffering I endured through living with mental illness. My experiences had led to me see that I was put on this earth, I was exposed to such suffering, all because now I have the ability and knowledge to prevent others from living through the same events. My purpose is to raise mental health awareness and positively impact as many lives as I can.

If you haven’t found your purpose, don’t give up. It takes time but once you discover it, your purpose will explode you with happiness and a sense of self-fulfillment.

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Marissa Pane

New York