Poignant "My Turn Online" Reflections From A Brave Anorexic Make Me Revisit Sad Memories Myself
Posted Dec 18 2008 7:35pm
I have tears in my eyes now and I'm sort of choked up, because I just finished reading a poignant "My Turn Online" piece, entitled, "Starvation of the Spirit," from anorexic Emma Farnsworth.
My emotions were triggered upon reading this beautiful, brutually honest essay, because years ago, I was very heavy into an eating disorder myself, dropping as low as 96 pounds. (I'm 5'6 1/2.") Naturally, I'm thinking back to a time when I was riddled by unhappiness, loneliness, and despair until I finally licked my disease.
But, as I mentioned in Chapter 1 of my book SUGAR SHOCK!, while I had overcome anorexia and bulimia years previously, back in 1998, I was still trapped by my sugar addiction.
Sadly, years ago, when medical doctors and therapists were treating me for my eating disorder, they were not at all hip to the dangers of sugar and refined carbs, and they made me drink this disgusting, sugar-loaded, calorie-packed concoction about three times -- or was it 6 times? -- a day so I'd gain weight and leave my state of emaciation behind me. (FYI, I'm normal weight now and have been for years.)
By the way, after plying me with this excessively sugary, calorie-packed substance, those same M.D.s and therapists who were helping me couldn't figure out why I was so moody. Well, duh, like millions of Americans, when I consume a lot of sugar, I get really edgy, irritable and cranky.
Please see Chapter 11 in SUGAR SHOCK!, "Sweets Can Sour Your Moods," in which I reveal recent research about this and delve into this fascinating, but little-known phenomenon in detail.