For some time I have struggled with disordered eating—behaviors like not eating, restricting eating, binging, using laxatives, purging, and eating compulsively. Now, my primary problem involves obsessing over calories, restricting, and then overeating to compensate for restricting.
I’m trying to become more “normal” about eating, not obsessively calorie counting, or eating a restricted diet, and focusing on eating based upon hunger, but I am also the meal planner and cook for my family.
Has anyone else struggled with this? If I could, I would love to just have someone else cook for me, but that doesn’t fit into our budget. Doing things like frozen or pre-prepared meals isn’t an option because of cost, but also for health (sodium-related high blood pressure, etc.). My partner wants to be supportive, but he works full-time, goes to school full-time, and spends his “spare” time working on our house to prepare it to sell. While it may be an option in the future that he takes over planning, shopping and cooking, he does not currently have the time to do so.
What are some strategies that have worked for you? How can I stop thinking about these things so much? I probably spend several hours a day thinking and worrying about food.