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Q & A Eating Disorder Round 2.

Hey my Chickadees! 🙂

Thanks you guys for all of your wonderful comments on my last posts. 🙂 I have been really busy over the last few weeks, but it has been a lot of fun! 😀

I have some more Q&A for you guys! Thank you guys for all of your questions. I truly feel that as I answer your guys questions, I am growing closer to that balance I am striving for in my life. Thank you guys for always being there for me! If you missed part 1 of these Q&A, click here!

Why didn’t you eat any of your own birthday cake? Why even go and pick it
out if you’re not going to eat it?

I guess so other people would enjoy it! I got the experience of picking it out, blowing out the candles and cutting the cake (just like any other girl), and then I got my single lady cupcake to eat! 🙂

To me, having a birthday cake was more than just “eating” cake. The “eating” the cake didn’t mean much to me. It was being with my friends and family and sharing a good time together — being with my friends and family is the real the frosting on the cake. 🙂

(To see what response this question was based on, click here)

How often do you eat prepackaged foods and what do you have when you do eat
them? (brands, product type, etc)

Really, the only prepackaged stuff I eat sometimes are Boca and Morningstar, Flatouts, and Veg “meat” balls. 🙂 The rest (like granola bars, cakes, cookies, etc) I make myself. 🙂 Homemade is SO much better than store bought stuff any day!!! 🙂

How long were you restricting for?

For a couple of years. My Story goes over about 6 years of my life.

How can coconut butter taste so sweet and not have any sugar?

As long as the Coconut Butter says on the Ingredients just “Coconut,” then there is No Sugar Added. Coconut has some natural sugar just like a fruit, so that is where it gets its sweetness.

What was the last thing you ate that would be considered “unhealthy” and how long ago was it?

Hehe, probably when I went to Illinois. I do eat “unhealthy” things — but very rarely. 🙂 Sweets and cake and stuff just doesn’t appeal to me anymore — they are all TOO sweet! I did have a little splurge this morning: Smucker’s SF Raspberry Jam on my oatmeal along side my peanut butter — my mom buys it for her. I don’t ever eat it, but I really wanted a PB&J Oatmeal this morning. It was really sweet, but it was nice for a little splurge. 🙂 I really want some fruit-only jam, so I’ll get some of that soon (or make some myself!).

Edit: the SF jam I consider it a tiny splurge. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners as much as possible. That’s why it was a splurge — it was full of artificial stuff. I don’t have any fruit-only jam yet (I hope to soon). Fruit-only jam for me would NOT be a splurge in any means — it would be more like a whole food. :)  Some of my other splurges have been some fudge, a cup a frozen custard (both of which I had while in Illinois), and a diet Sprite. Those are a couple of the “splurges” I had on my trip to Illinois.

If you have any questions you want to ask me, you can ask in the comments, or ask here anonymously.

And that’s it for today! I have a dentist appointment this morning, and after that I am going hang out with some little cuties (go babysitting). Coming up in the next week, stay tuned for some fun, a guest post, and lots of deliciousness! 🙂



29 thoughts on “Q & A Eating Disorder Round 2.

  1. Thanks for the second round of Q a A! I like your answers, so mature! I can totally relate to your idea on prepacked food and such. And I get the point of choosing a birthday cake even when you are not going to eat it – I like to impress my friends with a homemade cake and I am so happy they enjoy it, no need to eat it myself.

  2. Hey Kat,

    I have two teens. I read your blog for the low-sugar dessert recipes. There have been a few years when my kids requested chocolate fondue for their birthday dessert and the candles have been stuck in banana slices. Groups of friends & family have a lot of fun dipping fondue. When I was growing up, my brother always requested a dense lemon bundt cake for his family celebration, no icing needed. Looking back, I realize that we’ve allowed too many cakes slathered in fat & sugar to become part of our celebrations. Somehow the image of frosting covered cake, colored flowers and written icing words has come to symbolize birthday. Too bad, too, since this type of cake is really the “wonder bread” of desserts if you think about how limited in flavor it is compared to more complex desserts.

    1. Hey Jen! I am so excited that you read my blog! 🙂 Your comment really made my day. 🙂

      I totally get you. I have had chocolate cake before, so I know how it tastes. It wasn’t anything special. If I had had a more special flavor kind of cake (like a flavor I’d never had before) or had it been a more complex dessert, I probably would have had a small slice to try it. One bite of a rich dessert is enough for me. 🙂 I wish I had thought of the Chocolate Fondue idea. That would have made things so much easier!!!

  3. I am not trying to be rude and I could be completely wrong, but your ‘splurges’ sound silly. Having jam isn’t going to kill you if you eat the natural kind. Also, not eating your birthday cake… wow. I did that when I had a severe eating disorder. I could be wrong though.

    1. I didn’t eat the cake because it had milk in it (a lot of it). I knew it would give me a stomach ache (like most rich desserts do), so I preferred not to have a stomach ache. I probably would have had a slice if I had made the cake myself, but I didn’t.
      Haha, and the jam — I consider it a tiny splurge — I try to avoid artificial sweeteners as much as possible. That’s why it was a splurge — it was full of artificial stuff. I don’t have any fruit-only jam yet. Fruit-only jam for me would not be a splurge — it would be more like a whole food. 🙂 Some of my other splurges have been some fudge, a little slice a frozen custard (both of which I had while in Illinois), a diet Sprite, etc.

  4. Im like you- I make all of my food, and I really dont crave ready-made stuff anymore. Not knowing how and what the food is made of, just makes me freak out a little 😛 I try to losen my food-rules, bacause some of them are really unhealthy and ED-like. But I still want my food to be healthy and whole, and making it myself is the way to go 🙂
    Have a good week 🙂

  5. If your happy watching others eat your cake and eating your own healthier version I think that is awesome. However, I think that it is important to recognize that it would have been totally okay to eat some of the cake if you had wanted to. Also, I was just wondering, does your whole family eat healthfully? Like at dinner do y’all eat the same foods or do you prepare something seperate for yourself?
    Great post girl!

    1. I would say that my mom and I eat more healthfully than my dad and sister (my dad and sis havea sweet tooth), but nevertheless, yes, we all eat the same food at dinner. It is aVERY rareoccurrence that I have to make something separate for myself. Dinner is really never a problem for me.

  6. Hi Kat,
    I just came across your blog, and I also struggle with an eating disorder, so I empathize with your struggles and understand that everyone’s recovery is very different. However (and I hope this doesn’t come across as rude or presumptuous) I think that a lot of your responses were a bit, um, disordered still. I think often people may switch from being restrictive to another behavior, such as an excessive focus on healthiness. It seems a bit extreme to say that sugar free jam is a splurge, and that not eating your own birthday cake is normal – those are things that seem very eating disordered to me. I know from personal experiencre that it is so, so, so easy to convince yourself that what you are doing is normal, or that there’s a reason for it, but it’s hard to acknowledge that you still have to push yourself farther to make a full recovery. Again, I hope that’s not rude, and if you’d like to talk privately, I’d love to email. hope you had a good birthday,

  7. I understand what you mean about the birthday cake! Thankfully I can make sugar free cakes that my family enjoys so I can eat the same dessert. But there really is so much to be said about just having the tradition of it. 🙂

    1. Last year for my birthday, I had just a couple of friends over and we made banana ice cream. Maybe I could of made a gigantic batch for every one, with Single Lady Cupcakes too. I wish I had had more time to plan all of these healthier things out!

  8. Hmm very interesting post! I eat a lot of processed foods to tell you the truth. I wish I had more time to prepare stuff myself, but school and running takes up so much time (And energy, so extra calories are good) though I want to try making my own stuff this summer.

  9. Hello, I enjoyed reading your story. My story is that I am a Christian woman and I want God’s best for me. I used to be very active before I injured my right knee and now my activity level is lower than I want it to be, I go to rehab once a week now, and other days do some leg strengthening on my own. Last year, I rode my bike 300 miles to raise money for kids cancer.I love to swim and bike, but depression and eating whatever I wanted took over my body because of my knee pain Now, I can’t even run correctly because I have pain in my knee and in my hip.I used to dislike running,before my injury, but now, that it hurts to run; I miss it! I’m in the process of doing another women’s sprint triathlon in June 2018, in Raleigh, NC. I want to learn how to eat better because of my colitis diagnosed about 10 years ago. I also, want to be more active than I am today. I also, want to do this so God can receive to glory for everything I do and say!


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