Keto diminished my eating disorder and low self esteem (food for thought)

Wow, this looks like I wrote it myself. My dad pressured me to eat less from a young age (like six I think) and while he was right, I was an overweight child, he also bought all kinds of sugary snacks and other junk food for our lunches. Both of my brothers were “too skinny” and felt pressured to eat more, so I felt like something was seriously wrong with me. I felt like he would never be proud of me while I was fat. A six year old shouldn’t think that.

Now I’m 22 and have finally worked out that I’ve been using food to cope with anxiety my entire life, and that’s why I couldn’t seem to stop eating even when I wanted to. I just didn’t know how to deal with my feelings when they came up, and when I got outwardly upset I got in trouble, so I’d hide my feelings and sneak food to feel better. When I got older, weed joined food on my list of vices. I too became a people pleaser.

This is the first time since I was six that I haven’t stressed out about food. I don’t feel hungry, I don’t think about food constantly, and I don’t crave junk food like I did before (I mean all of those things happen sometimes, but before it was literally all the time). I’ve lost 10 lbs, my mental health is getting better, and I don’t even want to go back. I’m just so relieved something finally worked.

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