Growing up, I always had a changing relationship with food. I would think that a lot of my habits and thinking about it was normal because it didn't meet the criteria of an eating disordered so I figured I was probably fine, right? I know there are eating disorders (like the well-known anorexia and bulimia), but what about the other people that struggle with different types of food issues? I like to call the other eating issues eating dysfunctions. I'm talking about chronic dieters, emotional
eaters, extreme exercisers, health-food junkies, yo-yo dieters, etc. This makes up more of the common eating struggles that people battle with.
I have struggled with my fare share of eating dysfunctions. My most memorable moment was when I was alone at home while my husband was away on a weekend fishing trip. I was bored. I was lonely. I was... hungry! I love to bake so I headed upstairs to make some chocolate cookies. I sampled the dough as I made it... to make sure it was good enough. Then I decided I had eaten too much cookie dough so I better make some actual cookies and put the dough away so I won't be tempted to eat it all. After I had taken out the cookies, I ate one before it cooled. I ate two after they cooled. I ate another one while deciding what I should store them in. Then I went back to the cookie sheet and realized only 1/2 of the cookies I made were left. I got so mad at myself for losing control. I somehow decided that the best way to deal with this was to get rid of them. ... No I did not throw them in the trash.
Rachael Kool, professional counselor and normal, everyday adult screw up