First of all…. It has been two weeks already?! What?!
Share a fear I have overcome.
To someone who does not have an eating disorder, it is so insignificant. To me, it was a lifetime of struggles…over two decades worth. Literally fears and avoidance.
So for me, I am fearful of 96% of foods. That is not an exaggeration.
In therapy, I had been working on food exposures to conquer some of my food fears.
I conquered one completely: apples.
Yes it sounds stupid.
I ate apples before but not whole or with skin. Now I can.
It took awhile to get to that point. It also took awhile to get to the point where I would not hesitate when eating the whole apple or apple skin.
I still have my days where I will avoid it because I do not have the strength to fight off the hesitancies even though I know I can.
Because a fear does not just disappear for life; it leaves scars and those scars are reminders.
That is my overcoming a fear. I am sure I have many more, but it is the most prominent one and it happened a year ago.