I've been trying to recover from Bulimia for a few years now; my ED clinic said that I fit the criteria for day patient care, essentially being a patient 5 days a week. The whole thing sounded like my worst fucking nightmare anyway but I'd been waiting for an opportunity like this for so long so I was prepared to do it because nothing else I have ever tried has worked.
BUT OH WAIT
'being vegan is a form of restriction and we don't offer a vegan meal plan. If you want to be a patient here, you would have to at least eat dairy.'
Hold the fucking phone.. I'm not just plant based, my whole lifestyle is vegan, from the beauty products I buy to the food I eat. And if I want to recover, I have to give up my moral stance on this?
So I turned down the treatment and am now on a months long waiting list for CBT-E. Why even bother recover?
This infuriated me and I just wanted to share it.
Has anyone else come across this problem when trying to recover?
(to add some context to this, I live in the UK where plant based food is very accessible, nutritious, and no more expensive than dairy. They are basing the above purely on the fact that being vegan is seen as 'restrictive' and they don't take any exceptions, including if you've had an eating disorder for over 10 years but have only been vegan for 3 years..)