Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and other binge eating disorders) in the U.S. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any “mental illness”. 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old. The list goes on and on and it is getting worse by the year, statistically! So obviously the standard handling of therapy is not working and we need to face that. You’ll see why this has to do with paleo here in a bit.
It is with my pleasure that I share with you a very unusual book by a very bold and bright young lady who overcame many years of living with eating disorders through her “ditching the therapy” approach, and finding what works. She is a walking, living, beaming light of success and has taken the steps necessary to help others realize why therapy does not work, what does and why.
If you know of anyone in need of help, this book is a must read. It is one of the first books that sheds light on a protocol that can turn things around with addressing proper Causes in a healthy way.
An Unconventional Recovery from Disordered Eating Book: Real Thought, Real Food and Real Life Author Ashley Sara DeKam
For over two decades I lived in a world of anxiety and isolation. All that surrounded me, or that I was able to see and feel, involved food and exercise obsession. My reality seemed so incredibly small and painful. I could not get through a day, or even a moment, without the crippling fears and icy control delivered by the mere thought of food.
Years of therapy and work towards self-discovery provided little help or any relief at all. Digging deeper into the meaning behind my obsessions only led me into further frustration, compulsive behaviors, and obsessive research into the realm of food and nutrition. Everything in my life evolved to incorporate my reality of health and nutrition. There existed nothing else – no balance – really, no life in general.
It wasn’t until I began to change my approach to life that things began to shift. Suddenly, instead of seeking outward change, I simply went inside myself and began to truly love what was there. Learning to love myself, truly, is where REAL life began for me. This is where I truly believe REAL life begins for everyone. Traditional therapy approaches most often disregard this vital aspect of being.
Additionally, I worked hard to change my “traditional diet” mindset to that of REAL food (Paleo living) and a lifestyle of true health and wellness. I learned that in order to love myself, it was necessary to eschew mainstream media and all that surrounds modern “fitspiration;” Real thoughts, real food, and real life.
I know that my story of transformation can and will provide a sense of hope for all those women (and men) who have struggled for a lifetime with food and body. I believe my change and transformation is a continual journey, as is REAL life in general. I want others to know that REAL life is possible.
Ashley Sara DeKam
If you have any questions about her book, please contact Ashley directly.
If you have any questions about my opinions and views in the introduction, feel free to contact me.
If you have any questions or suggestions just email me at Tina (at) Paleomazing.com.