If April showers bring May flowers, what do April blizzards bring? Answer: I’ll let you know in May!
I’ve always been fascinated by the saying “there are several ways to skin a cat”. But first I ask, why would you want to skin a cat? Second, why would anyone think of multiple ways of doing that? Nonetheless, this holds true for most things in life. There are many ways to approach a challenge! As I continued on my health journey, which started in 2010, I was learning just how many ways one can “skin a cat!” No cat skinning here, but eating disorder…let’s count a few ways…1. Therapy 2. Doctors 3. Self-care 4. Education/school 5. Hypnosis 6. Family/friends 7. EFT. There are many other ways, but this was the list I pulled from the top of my head. And yes, I tried all of them! But EFT proved to be the most effective. When it came to my eating disorder, I was able to clear the emotions causing me to eat the way I did. I won’t go into detail about how EFT works (PM me or reach out to Elda if you want to learn more), but I can tell you after several sessions, my relationship changed with food and with my body. OMG….I was now able to control the extreme shifts in my eating habits. Success!! Life changing!
Without the extreme shifts in my eating, I was feeling better, my moods were more stable, I had more energy, and I was getting better sleep. BUT… I was beginning to notice some weight gain. While this was a good thing because my BMI was low, I was not happy about continuously gaining weight. I was eating healthy, yet I was feeling bloated and heavy more days than others. I began to notice many of my clothes were not fitting anymore. I began to notice exercise was not maintaining my weight. What was I doing wrong? Because of the work I did with Elda and EFT, I did not go back to my old habits!! High five! Yet I did need to understand what was happening. So I turned to my doctor for guidance. Here’s what I learned….restrictive eating, yo-yo dieting, and/or extreme food shifts over a long period of time can cause internal harm to your body. Are you kidding me? I was cutting foods to help my body. I was limiting my food intake to benefit my body. I was restricting foods to heal my body. Now I was told all of that work over the last 6-7 years was actually harmful to other organs in my body. I was shocked. I was sad. I was frustrated. I was mad.
Multiple ways to skin a cat? What happens when some or all the ways cause harm to the cat? Now what?
Another twist in the journey…but this too will be met with gratitude, positive thoughts and most importantly…. eyes wide open!
Stay warm…and I’m hopeful that Spring is actually coming to MN!