How this mum of 3 special needs boys beat her eating disorder and food obsession
😢Many women suffer from eating disorders, or binge-purge cycling, but they just don’t talk about it. A lot of these women keep it a secret due to the guilt and shame associated with it.
Sonia Bridgewater used to be one of those women.
Sonia is 46 years old, married, with 3 boys - all of whom have special needs. I admire her a lot.
From the age of 9, Sonia has been in a constant battle with food. It started with anorexia. She had been sick and lost a few kilograms. When a boy made a comment about liking her bum in her jeans after being sick, she started restricting her food. She’d have secret binges then throw up afterwards.
Food began to consume her life. It was a prison she couldn’t escape. She also started over-exercising. At 16 years old, she started seeing counsellors about it. But the cycle continued. She became a functioning bulimic where she would binge and purge a couple of times a week.
She also tried various diets including carb cycling, paleo, high fat, high protein, no carbs, green juices, soup diets, and more.
At her lowest, she was 37 kilograms.
Today, Sonia has been in WAL for 18 months. She was tired of feeling weak and having food control her life. Originally, she joined to have more direction when it came to her training. But she discovered it to be so much more than that…
Since joining WAL, Sonia:
➡️ Is now 62 kgs
➡️ Sleeps through the night
➡️ Has more energy
➡️ Has better skin
➡️ And generally, feels better.
She no longer purges or experiences binging episodes. Sonia says understanding her nutrition and mindset had a lot to do with that. She says,
“It’s never too late to write a new book.”
It’s entirely possible to free yourself from food and restriction. If you suffer from disordered eating or food obsession then you need to listen to this episode. Sonia shares her journey and how she beat her food demons.