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Will eating ever feel natural for me?

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Last Updated: 05/08/2018 at 3:16pm
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Christie Belle, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy


I am a U.S. Air Force veteran and a ex-Army spouse. I am a divorced mother of two teenage boys, my youngest son has a diagnosis of autism, which I am very passionate about.

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March 16th, 2015 12:33pm
It's hard to tell without knowing the background details, has eating always felt unnatural - say from early childhood or is this a recent occurance, maybe a consequence of a restrictive eating disorder. I believe that it is likely though that a general rule will apply - the more times we do things the more the sense of fear and anxiety disapates and the more natural it becomes, take the first time you ever rode a bike for example or tried to swim, the principle here is similar.
May 18th, 2015 9:54am
It most definitely will with the proper approach. Seek professional help so they can guide you to the right path.
September 28th, 2015 6:48pm
In time, with hard work and a diet plan eating can become something that is both manageable and natural.
October 27th, 2015 11:40pm
Eating will feel natural for you, eventually. It takes time after recovering from an eating disorder. Even if you are experiencing one now, it will take time for it go away. Talk to a close friend about it, and, if it is severe, please consult your local therapist.
January 4th, 2016 2:51pm
very possibly. it will take a while and it will take a lot of hard work but yes, eating can eventually feel natural to you.
March 11th, 2015 1:24am
I strongly believe so. Sometimes you can go up and down, but cherish those times when you enjoy your food. Believe in yourself and try and not worry too much. I know it can be hard, but fear not. Things will always get better.
April 28th, 2015 3:11am
It might take some time to get used to the feeling of eating. But you need to start to learn that food is going to be something you need in your life
February 14th, 2017 6:54pm
Yes. I understand if it feels mechanical now. It might take years, but one day, you will be able to look at the food and realize that it no longer controls you. The guilt, the fear, the shame, it will be gone.
April 4th, 2017 3:01am
I believe so. With hard work, it can get better. You will be able to eat and feel good about it. Recovery is possible. A friend of mine is proof of that. I know it's not easy and it can be a long process, but you will come out on the other side.
July 4th, 2017 9:19pm
After a little while yes. Start by eating little amounts and then add more until its a normal amount of food. It'll take a little while. But after a little while, it'll feel normal.
May 8th, 2018 3:16pm
I think it will, because everyone gets better, it is just a matter of time before you will! You can do it!