What do mindful eating and exercise look like?
The photos were taken within almost a one year period (July 2013 – present):
Left: bikini competition, July 2013, living on bars, shakes and some food but definitely not eating properly.
Middle: post 7 months bikini comp and living a more active social life that included eating/drinking more and exercising less, February 2014
Right: finding a balance between left and middle photos and getting back to a more regular exercise routine and eating more mindfully and properly: actual food and not skipping meals.
I have my own fitness and health objectives but I have had to reset my mindset and beliefs to align with a healthy sustainable lifestyle and it’s been difficult b/c what wasn’t healthy is a look that the media promotes.
I support re-set systems and jumpstart programs for just that: to help ease into new habits that are sustainable.
Wanted to share a comment from a physician friend who specializes in eating disorders because I think it is an important one. Thank you Pamela for your insight.
“Thank you for this post Debbie. I am so glad that you have made changes to normalize your eating and exercise patterns. I agree that the test on the NEDA website does cast a somewhat wide net. However, a lot of highly competitive athletes do have true eating disorders. In my mind one thing that separates “disordered eating” from an “eating disorder” is the person’s ability to modify/change their behaviors. If someone is stuck in an eating disorder they often have great difficulty changing the eating/exercise behaviors. Sometimes people can get caught in unhealthy eating/exercise patterns, but when they realize that the patterns are unhealthy they change them. That is more indicative of disordered eating and possibly not a true eating disorder.” ~ Dr Pamela Stein Carlton*
*Dr. Pamela Carlton, a specialist in adolescent eating disorders, is on staff at Stanford University School of Medicine where she developed and currently directs the Adolescent Eating Disorder Parent Education and Support Program. Over the last decade, Dr. Carlton has treated hundreds of children and adolescents with eating disorders as well as guided parents through the maze of eating disorder treatments. She is invited to speak at major eating disorder conferences and also consults with eating disorder programs across the country. Dr. Carlton graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and did her pediatric and adolescent medicine training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.