Thanks for your reply!
Hmm I suppose we just have different definitions: I don’t view what you’ve listed as “restriction”, but rather, “substitution”. By restriction, I mean a very particular type of restriction like extreme caloric restriction and/or over-exercising and/or purging by fasting etc. I’ve seen your replies on other threads and appreciate that you try to ground your advice in research and science, and you’ve also acknowledged that you don’t quite understand eating disorders or food-related mental illnesses.
Recovering from an ED while also losing weight to get to a healthier weight (which is what I’m trying to do) is very very very tricky ground and trust me, it’s frustrated me to no end too. Any slip-up can send me spiraling into destructive behaviours again. I often wish that I could lose weight like a neuro-typical person who just needs to care about being more nutritionally educated and having willpower/dedication without falling into depression and disordered eating behaviours. So what I’m primarily trying to do is to strike a balance between discipline and not having an all-or-nothing mindset, which has often doomed me.
I HAVE managed to lose weight before with the very mindset of being 100% about restriction, but it didn’t prove to be sustainable for the long run. So I’m changing my tactic and am trying to cultivate and build up small habits over the long run.
I don’t claim to understanding every detail, nor do I know if it’s going to work, but I do hope so. In the short span of 2-3 weeks I’ve been doing this it’s been going well, but I suppose we’ll both see in the long run!
Hope it makes sense and you could have a little more insight into the very irrational ED-riddled world. Feel free to ask me anything and/or give me advice from your experience, I know it doesn’t necessarily make complete logical sense.