healing disordered eating with plant-based diets
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For today’s post, I wanted to share a project of a most fabulous vegan blogger- Gena of Choosing Raw. Aside from being one of the most popular raw and vegan blogs on the web, Gena is the most compassionate and humble voices advocating for plant-based living. Her recipes are simple and gorgeous, her writing insightful (always garnering hundreds of comments), and she is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and has recently returned to medical school to become an MD.
In addition to understandable nutrition information and simple recipes, Gena writes extensively about is disordered eating- including anorexia, bulimia, binging, and other food struggles that fall under that broad name. Though most research has focused on women, it is also true that men struggle with disordered eating at various times in their lives. There are a myriad of factors that influence such struggles, and just as many solutions to healing oneself. Gena has created a space of healing and sharing on her site entitled Green Recovery. She writes in the introduction,
“There is a very high incidence of ED histories in the plant-based community of eaters—myself included. At some point in the last few years I realized that there were many others who felt, as I do, that eating a plant based diet helped them to overcome their struggles, and redefine their relationships with food in a positive and productive way […] My goal with Green Recovery is not to suggest that veganism is the right choice for all disordered eaters, or that it’s a “cure” for disordered eating, but rather to explore the notion that a world view in which food choices have political, ethical, and personal significance may actually heal, rather than hurt, people with traumatic histories with food.“
Gena has highlighted about fifteen stories of green recovery, and is always accepting new submissions. I wanted to share this great series here on VWJ to support Gena in her positive work healing with whole foods. Even if you have not suffered from eating disorders, you might know someone who has- perhaps they could use some green recovery, too.