I really want to start eating plant-based, but my binges always include foods made with animal products.
I started a be-plant-based-challenge one week ago, but the binges kicked in two days ago so that kind of failed. I really do want to eat plant-based mainly due to health- and environmental reasons, though. Does anyone have tips how to make it easier for myself to eat plant-based? For example, how to motivate myself, what to binge on if I really can't stop the urge...
I found that being bulimic and vegan was very difficult and I know some also find it difficult to be vegetarian and bulimic as well.
When you’re starving your brain through this disorder your starved brain takes control over the rational part of you and to some extend you can’t really control it.
Try telling yourself that it’s not like it’s illegal for you to eat things that contain animal products. Then your brain won’t think you’re starving yourself from this specific food group and it may not crave it as much.
The black and white thinking (“I am only allowed to eat XX and I’m never allowed to eat YX”) will result in loss of control (I speak from my own experience, it’s okay if this doesn’t apply to you).
The more aware you are of “I can’t have YX” the more your starved self might want it?
It doesn’t sound like you have issues eating plant based due to motivation but rather due to having an eating disorder.
To get truly past this issue you must eat enough food and feel content with not eating animal products. I’m not saying you want to eat animal products but your brain craves the sugar and the carbs so you lose control. If you weren’t starved or if you didn’t feel starved it probably wouldn’t be an issue (?).
If you live alone though you can make sure to only buy plant based products. And I’m unsure if you’re vegetarian or vegan because you just used “plant based”.
If you’re vegan there’s still a lot of junk food you can eat of course but some of it is questionable in terms of ethics (like if you don’t want to buy stuff that contains palm oil as well). Like Oreos are “vegan” but they support cutting down palm trees that wild animals (monkeys) live in.
Do what you can for the environment within your limits. Don’t be upset with yourself and feel guilty about not doing enough. Do what you can and that will be enough and more than most. Some people don’t even give it a second thought.
Sorry if I ranted. Stay safe and good luck on your plant based journey xx
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