Unexpected Eating Disorder

February is almost behind us and March is coming in sight.  This means warmer temperatures and Spring, Spring, Spring!  Did I mention Spring?  Well, the thought of seeing green grass, new buds on the trees and fresh flowers spouting up brings me pure joy!

In light of Spring coming upon us, I wanted to share a little secret of mine.  Now I would whisper it in your ear, but I don’t think that will work in this vehicle of communication.   So, are you ready?  Wait…let me frame this up first….

Throughout my health journey, I have had to restrict my food intake because I have become “sensitive” to many foods.  I’m not talking just gluten and dairy, but a much broader list which includes black pepper, cilantro, almonds, kale, chia seeds, zucchini, blueberries, and green beans to name a few.  My list of restrictive foods is extensive and changes annually depending on when I have the testing done.

While this was beneficial for my health because restricting many foods reduced my Lymes symptoms and digestive issues, it also created a much large problem!  Ok, now are you ready?  Here’s my secret….a very unexpected eating disorder.   Deep breath…I’m saying this mostly for my benefit because this is an extremely difficult topic for me to openly talk about.  However, I want to help others who are struggling and the only way I can do that is by sharing my story.  Therefore, I am going to start a series on my eating disorder, how it developed, how I’ve dealt with it and consequences of all the above.

Stay tuned…more to come!

(In the meantime, if you or anyone you know is battling with restrictive eating habits, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  I would love to have a conversation with you or them and see how I may help!)

 

5 thoughts on “Unexpected Eating Disorder

  1. Laurie,
    I know that took courage. You are a beautiful person. Not just on the outside. You are a saint with a heart of gold. A great mom. A best friend. A truly beautiful person!! I love you, friend! And I support you through this journey.

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  2. Hi Lori,

    I admire you for allowing to be vulnerable to grow and help others.
    This was very close to my heart as my daughter earlier this year almost lost her life to an eating disorder ….that came on due food sensitivities and stomach pain with eating. She restricted until her body no longer accepted any food without pain. It was so insidious that the medical team took MONTHS to LISTEN and I by the time, I got her in care to be evaluated, we almost LOST HER.

    However, I am a bit of a Mama Bear, and took her without a lot of medical team support, to a teaching hospital and they ran tons of test to indicate what malnutrition does to one’s body. From that hospital, her father and I placed her in a progressive ED inpatient clinic that transitioned to intensive outpatient, and to regular outpatient to heal her precious body.

    She is doing well. We restored weight and her body is working well with the nutrition.

    Even more exciting, she looks strong and vibrant and is back to a regular teenage girl.

    Eating disorders are sneaky like any other behavior driven illness. It may begin in an honest attempt to heal yourself and BAM. it takes control.

    I am so happy you are able to share your journey. I pray your body is accepting nourishment and your recovery is strong.

    -xoxo,

    Cari

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  3. Lori, I am so proud of you for speaking about this!!! You are and always be beautiful! Inside and out! I support you on your journey! Sending you much love and wish you strength!

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  4. Lori – You’re amazing, strong and wise! I’m sorry to hear about this eating disorder. It all makes sense, and yes, your story needs to be shared to help others! Thank you for doing this! I think about you often and would love to connect again soon. Sending lots of hugs your way!

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