For years of my life I have lived a life of excess and clutter, with the exception of my severely restrictive “diet”. In reality I was an anorexic person hiding behind the excuse and diagnosis of an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s) and a mental illness (OCD) and some of the issues that came along with both illnesses. Currently in recovery from eating disorder and practicing minimalism, I’ve found myself in a healthier relationship with food than ever before.
I’ve just begun the process of getting situated in my new (very small) studio, but the transition has been easier than any other move before due mostly in part to my lack of excess “stuff”. I sorted through my belongings, then I sorted through them again. Seeing the look on my coworkers’ faces when I brought in bags of clothes, purses, and “stuff” for them and their teenagers encouraged me to do it with repetition. Slowly, I am reminded that almost everything is replaceable. Nothing is meant to last forever. No – thing.
Fast forward. So these past two days have been my first full days in my new home, and I noticed almost immediately that I’ve been eating so much more regularly and my appetite has been very on track.
With all the excess gone from my surroundings I’ve been able to focus on what I really want and need from my free time – to eat, heal, and do the things that give me joy.
Cooking has been an adjustment, yet remained simple enough that I don’t lose my appetite by the time my meal is ready. I feel good while I’m preparing my food – almost ironic in a way because this kitchen is equipped with nothing more than a microwave and a single hot plate that seems to be currently out-of-commission. But I’m making it work for now. A toaster oven and a rice-cooker will have me back to making some of my favorite meals in no time, and I think I’ll enjoy it that much more.
Lots more to share in the future on this process of minimizing and simplifying, but I noticed these changes so immediately that I had to document to share with anyone else that may be in recovery for ED and interested in minimalism. If you are currently in recovery for ED or on your own minimalist journey please leave a note or comment so I can come support you on your own blog! Thanks for reading.