I’m trained as a therapist and recovered from disordered eating myself. While training as a therapist, I realized that unconscious diet-culture thinking permeates most treatment approaches to food and weight concerns. This kind of thinking keeps people stuck and keeps women in particular, in the role of perpetual patient, going from one treatment to the next trying to “fix” the problem of their appetites and their bodies. I started the Cookie Revolution to change this.
There are a lot of myths about healing from disordered eating that are based on diet culture assumptions. One of the most common myths looks something like this:
“When I work on myself enough/resolve my trauma/evolve spiritually /manage my emotions better I will stop having a hard time with food and my body. I will stop craving foods I shouldn’t, I will stop over-eating and I will be naturally and effortlessly slender.”
So people spend lots of time and energy working on themselves - and often growing and healing in amazing ways - yet their relationship to food and their body remains largely unchanged. This is because the root causes of disordered eating are profoundly social and cultural and not just the result of individual psychology.
Yes, your unique history and any past trauma informs the particular way your disordered eating shows up but healing those things usually does not result in a peaceful relationship to food and body. This is because we live in a world that both normalizes and idealizes preoccupation with food and weight, often under the guise of “health.”
What does a "normal" relationship to food and your body look like in a disordered world? Join the Cookie Revolution to find out.