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Are you Vegan/Vegetarian because of your ED?


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#1 Nainsi

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 12:31 PM

I actually used to be anorexic before I went vegan, however, I don’t think I actually went vegan because of my Anorexia. I did kind of want to be vegan because I heard that people that went vegan lost a lot of weight but I don’t think that was the main reason


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 12:36 PM

My little sister clearly went vegan because she's anorexic.

 

She reached her lowest weight when she was vegan :-(

 

Wasn't good


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 02:13 PM

I had problems before veganism and was looking for the 'perfect' diet, which lead me to RAW and then general vegan. If I wasn't so hyper focused on food I don't think I would have found veganism 9 years ago. But I stay vegan for the animals. I no longer believe this is a miracle diet, it's an ethical lifestyle choice. You can be skinny on any diet if you make it work for you.

 

It seems some people think a person is saying they're vegan to have an excuse to decline food. I'm sure some do that but most people who are vegan long term seem to be doing it for the right reasons... I might be ignorant here!!


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 02:20 PM

I literally went vegan at first because someone said it was a good way to hide your ED. I read about it online on some cringey proana butterfly website

it was. a little too good, especially in 2015 when the vegan junk food options were few and far between & vegan cheese was absolutely disgusting (still is, just not nearly as bad. all we had was daiya)

I lost 30 lbs in my first like.....3 months of being vegan. it's just so so much easier when you can refuse high cal foods.

I'm no longer vegan, in part because of that reason, but also for some other reasons.

I've been vegetarian during the past year which has coincided with a recent relapse lol. even though I DO agree with the message and that we shouldn't kill animals for our pleasure, it's been mostly a way of hiding my ED :/

let's not forget how badly certain HCLF youtubers triggered me (*cough* freelee)

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 04:24 PM

Honestly, yeah. That’s not why I’m plant based now, but it was the main reason why I started.


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Posted 23 November 2020 - 08:09 AM

I went vegan during my ED years (aka my whole teens), but I did it mainly because I realized the ethical components. 

No eating habbits/ disorders could get me out of veganism, not even during my worst binges did I ever think of eating non-vegan food.

This is why I know that in my brain, veganism and any ED stuff are seperate.

 

Veganism is also more important to me than any weight issues or any ED struggles could ever be.


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Posted 24 November 2020 - 02:53 PM

My ED began like literally a few months before going vegetarian. I watched a bunch of those “my anorexia story (with pictures)” videos and found freelee and she and onision convinced me to be vegetarian. Obviously both very terrible people but since they were so extreme about it I think it really molded how I felt about it, I mean I’ve been vegetarian for almost 8 years so I definitely align with the morality of the topic but yeah. So yes but also no, but also yes. Now I’m trying to be vegan mostly for restrictive purposes but also for the animals. Double edged sword I guess
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Posted 28 November 2020 - 06:03 PM

Nope. I watched documentaries on the way animals were treated and it broke my heart. Started doing more research on it and decided it wasn't for me anymore. So, mainly because of ethics and the animals. Third reason would be for climate change, though that only came much later.


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Posted 28 November 2020 - 07:35 PM

Veggi but, i don't do it because my ED. I'm a bit of a hippie's i sorta like animals the environment . I respect life.


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Posted 28 November 2020 - 07:38 PM

no, the opposite .

going vegan made my ED the absolute worst. I was constantly binging after i went vegan eventually i couldn't keep it anymore so i switched back to vegetarian. 


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Posted 28 November 2020 - 09:22 PM

I used to be vegan and my ED definitely was tied into it. However, in saying that, I am no longer vegan and still struggle with my ED


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 11:42 AM

Originally, it was a bit of both, i.e. partly because I was already starting to feel bad about eating animals and animal by-products, and partly because I thought giving up cheese (which I ate a lot of!) and stuff like that would help me lose weight.

And, as more time passed as a vegan, the 'calories' aspect became less important, and the 'animals' (and 'environment') aspect became more important, and now it's 100% for the animals, and I'd never give it up even if all the vegan food in the world was high-calorie, I'd feel too guilty about the animals if I ate anything non-vegan.


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Posted 30 November 2020 - 08:23 PM

100% for the animals.
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Posted 30 November 2020 - 10:39 PM

Wow yea absoulutley
Kind of strange back story actually
Was a weird 13yo had body issues already someone DARED me not to eat meat at lunch ??(wtf type of dare is that looking back lol)
And some tramactic stuff happened around that time and I never ate meat again until like a year ago so about 10 years I was vegetarian, and a few months ago when my ED came creeping back I started being a "vegetarian" again
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Posted 01 December 2020 - 10:52 PM

100% for the animals.


same. love the animals, hate myself
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Posted 03 December 2020 - 11:00 AM

I lost a lot of weight a few years ago, watched nutrition documentaries all the time and watched all the vegan ones. I realized that a vegan diet was healthiest, but wasn't motivated to change because I was 'healthy' physically. When I learned about the environmental impact of animal products I went vegetarian for a month, then vegan. After going vegan, I opened my eyes to the cruelty and that's why I'll never go back. The unexpected benefit for me was maintaining my weight loss without having to focus on my calories as much, which improved my disordered eating.

 

So for me, the veganism and disordered eating are completely separate. The veganism was for morality and the disordered eating is a result of stress, psychological distress, and feeling disgusting in general.


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Posted 03 December 2020 - 08:19 PM

I’m actually vegan because I love animals. I was vegan long before I developed an ed.


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Posted 12 December 2020 - 08:44 PM

Sometimes I think I am, but I honestly don't know. I was struggling with an ED long before I went vegan. I will say that being vegan has taken so much guilt and anxiety away from eating because I mostly eat whole food vegan, and most of these foods are low in calorie.
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Posted 13 December 2020 - 03:09 PM

I am vegan, so not plant based. But If I hadn't given a shit about animals I would've never gone vegan.


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Posted 15 December 2020 - 12:36 PM

i definitely went vegetarian when i was 11 because of my ED but i went vegan 2 and a half years ago just kinda by accident lol, i'm lactose intolerant anyways and was already veggie, and i don't really like eggs so i just said fuck it and went vegan. learned about the ethical component pretty quickly and never went back :) 


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