This veganism/vegetarianism series concludes with a 6-part process for asking yourself why you eat the way you do and what you might gain from switching something up.
Temporal absolutism (treating everything as if it were permanent) is an important maintaining factor for eating disorders, systematically preventing radical dietary change.
Remembering that tradeoffs are inevitable can be immediately reassuring as well as longer-term effective in recovery. Many goods can’t be maximized while also minimizing all harms.
Reforging the direct link between appetite and action is one of recovery’s central tasks, and broadening your diet to include animal products is one efficient way to do it.
Full recovery from anorexia tends not to come about by accident. Dietary decisions like meat or no meat contribute at many levels to what your commitment to recovery really means.
“Who or what really benefits?”: A simple tool for checking the rationale and the consequences of our dietary principles (and any other important life choices).
Vegetarianism or veganism can be a contributing cause or an early effect of a restrictive eating disorder, and feedback dynamics easily kick in to maintain both.
The first part in a series on vegetarianism/veganism and eating disorders, mapping out the essence of the “ethics trick” that can keep people V/V who really shouldn’t be.
In the final part of the series, we offer a third perspective on the perceived “bodyweight” versus “health” tradeoff, and consider what changes as recovery proceeds.
In Part 2 of our series on recovery as an optimization process, we consider how multiple objectives get reconciled, and the difference between technically optimal and good.