Excerpts from Book

Taken from A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions: A Practical Guide to Keep From Going Crazy...



“If I had to give one piece of advice to anyone starting this journey, it would be to take ownership of your health. Be responsible. Your parents want you to be healthy, but unless you also want it, it won’t be enough. You are a teenager now, practically a young adult. You need to take responsibility for your health. Your parents will not always be around to tell you what to eat or how to take care of yourself. So why are you doing this? Answer the question honestly and try not to think of the reasons why your parents want you to do this. When you take ownership, you are more willing to follow your diet restrictions because you know why you’re eating this way. This is your journey now and you need to be in the driver’s seat—you cannot be a passenger.”


“The hardest food situations in school, other than lunch, are food-orientated class periods or events. The worst part is watching everyone eat and not participating. It would easy to snitch and eat, but it’s not worth it if you want to reach your goals. Foods that you aren’t supposed to eat are like a drug to your body. It tastes and feels good for a short time but then will leave you feeling sick, regretful, and possibly craving more. Saying no to food offered to you becomes easier. Once it becomes habit to say no, it is less tempting to say yes, because you think about it less. You may feel like people are staring at you for not eating, which they might be, but it’s not as bad as you think. They are probably not making fun of you and if they are, remember that you can choose whose opinions matter. “

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