Welcome to my Blog on Eating Disorders.
Eating Disorders are a serious mental health problems that can interfere with everyday life – over long periods of time or in regular bursts.
This is a health focused pro-recovery blog. I’m a very strong advocate for empowering people to get educated about dangers of Eating Disorders, early intervention and seeking medical and Psychological Help. As Eating Disorders can be an ‘invisible’ illness, some people find it difficult to understand the effect it can have. They might see Eating Disorders as trivial or dismiss it altogether. And this can make it harder for those experiencing it to speak openly and seek the help they need. I have offered some information and resources so that people can learn the importance of seeking early treatment for their Eating Disorders. This blog is all about methods and techniques that were combined with the National Health Services Eating Disorder Guidelines (NHS for us UK denizens) and my Islamic faith to defeat the dark demon of Eating Disorder.
I am the most amateur writer you will ever come across, English is my third language, so please do forgive me for many errors. It is upon insistence of one of my dearest friend that I have decided to allow the small number of you to read my entries and have a good laugh. This poor excuse of a blog is about my struggles with anorexia that turned into anorexia nervosa in a culture where if you dare question your mother about calories and contents of fat in her curry, she will chase you around the house with her rolling pin. I have also included an entry on my attempted recovery at home and in the idyllic city of Islamabad.
I will try to post recovery tips, wonderful recipes and self-healing tips .
Why I started this Blog? It was the lack of awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world that made me start this blog. Unfortunately Eating Disorders are hidden and kept taboo in our cultures. There are a lot of myths and fears around people who experience Eating Disorders. Let me tell you something from my personal expereince, Eating Disorders are a very real illness, and debilitating symptoms include feelings of helplessness, low weight, failing organs, crying, anxiety, low self-esteem, a lack of energy, sleeping difficulties, physical aches and pains, and a bleak view of the future. I used to fear that making such a disclosure that I suffer from Anorexia Nervosa would jeopardize my chances for integration and future success in my workplace and in my community. With the help of my Father I broke my silence on my illness and went onto speak about my struggles with Disordered Eating on Islam Channel. Silence about Eating Disorders is costly and many who need help often suffer in silence. Efforts to reduce the stigma and promote well-being start with education.This blog promotes awareness and knowledge of the symptoms, frequency, treatment options and tips for coping in relation to Eating Disorders. I hope and pray that Inshallah this blog may help break through the taboos surrounding Eating Disorders. At times I find it unbelievable that my blog is being read by people around the world and I thank God for that.
I also thank God for one thing:
“A calamity that makes you turn to Allah is better for you then a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allah”
~ Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah
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Before I sign off, quote of the day:
“Take advantage of five opportunities before five other things: Your youth before your senescence, your health before your illness, your wealth before your poverty, your leisure before your haste, and your life before your death.”
Love, Light and Blessings