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My name is Quincy and I am a college junior. I have been interested in health and wellness for a long time, which is why I created this blog to share what I am passionate about.

At this time, I am very healthy. However, it has not always been this way. Throughout middle school, I began to develop an obsession with diet and losing weight. I tried various methods (diet pills, purging, food restriction) to alter my weight and shape. I had a very fast metabolism and was already small for my height, but I was determined to change my body.

Whether I was scheming over weight-loss plans or not, my weight stayed relatively stable. I stayed active by dancing four days a week, and I ate healthier meals than most of my peers. It wasn't until I got to high school that things really started to go down hill.

I started running track in ninth grade. This was also the year that I decided to become a vegetarian. Between the dietary switch and my increase in exercise, I dropped weight at the blink of an eye. Once the first few pounds were lost, I was hooked. I was convinced that I was "just being healthy" and wanted to see how far I could go. 

I soon began to cut refined sugars out of my diet. I then restricted all refined flours, and then saturated fat. I do not think that it is bad to limit these foods. In fact, I believe that it is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. The problem wasn't necessarilly that I was making changes in my diet; the problem was where my mind went with it. 

I quickly became obsessed with nutrition and healthy eating. It was all I would think about and all I would talk about. I can recall a handful of times where my refusal to eat certain foods lead to very awkward and embarassing social situations. My inability to be flexible affected my whole family in a very negative way.

Within a few months, I had dropped over 10 pounds off of my 5'2 frame and had developed a full-blown eating disorder. My parents were constantly worried about me and fed up with my behavior. In the summer of 2009, they decided to put me into treatment at Duke University.

My time at Duke saved my life with the path I was headed down. I learned how to overcome my disorder (which I later learned to be called Orthorexia). Ortherexia is not officially recognized as an eating disorder yet. It is now seen as a mental disorder where one exhibits an obsession with whatever diet they consider to be healthy. Straying from that diet or eating "unclean" foods can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and more.

It has taken me years to find a balance with diet and exercise. I have had bouts of slaving at the gym for hours at a time. I have forced myself to eat foods I hated just because I needed an exact amount of those nutrients for the day. I am thankful to say that today, I do not feel the need to give in to my dietary obsessions and compulsions. Sure, I'll still think about them from time to time, but I let go of the thoughts and move on.

I currently follow a vegan diet and I have learned to listen to my body. I eat when I'm hungry, stop when I'm full, and make sure to always stay hydrated. I exercise because it's a fun way to stay healthy, not because I'm scared of what will happen if I don't. If I'm not feeling it one day, I'll take a break. I now know that it's okay because tomorrow is another day.

I want to share my knowledge of nutrition throughout my life, but I want to share my experience with disordered eating even more. Every individual is different and must figure out what way of living is best for them. It took me a while to realize this, but now I want to preach that message and prevent future disorders in others.


Have any questions or comments? Feel free to email me at shugurcan (at) yahoo (dot) com
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17 comments:

  1. What an inspirational story. I love that you are using what you went through to help others. I can totally relate to your story and I know that when I was in college, I would have loved to have someone to talk to that went through it themselves. I look forward to following your blog!
    -Erin

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    1. Thank you! I think that staying alone with any sort of disorder or obsession is the hardest part. This is why it is so important to me to continue sharing my story and receiving advice from others as well (:

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  2. You and I sound like we have tread similar paths, Quincy. I look forward to your future posts!

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    1. I agree- I can see the similarities (: Thanks for reading!

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  3. Oh my, I love that super-sweet header design you have! You seem to be such a nice person! And your posts seem very proffessional and all. I'll definitely check out some of your recipes when I find the time.
    Love, Lara

    Oh, and you're so pretty!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you like it! It it means the world to me that someone thinks my writing sounds professional haha!
      I hope you enjoy the recipes. You are so sweet & thank you so much for your kind words!

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  4. Hi Quincy,

    Your first post just appeared on Urbanspoon! Check it out:
    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/37793/restaurant/Gramercy-Flatiron/Pure-Food-and-Wine-NYC

    I encourage you to claim your blog, which allows you to add a picture and change some settings. The blog photo shows up next to your posts wherever they appear on Urbanspoon. Here's how to claim:

    - Make sure you're logged into Urbanspoon

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    - Click "Claim your blog" in the left sidebar

    After you submit it, we may contact you to verify your claim. Check your spam email folder if your claim hasn't gone through in a day or two. You'll also find some interesting badges and widgets on your Urbanspoon blog page - look in the right sidebar.

    If you have any questions, please contact me via email.

    Thanks,
    Greg

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  5. Quincy,
    Thank you for sharing your story! Although I was diagnosed three years ago with anorexia nervosa, I have been dealing with some orthorexic tendencies throughout the year. Orthorexia should, without a doubt, be included as an eating disorder. It is a real condition, just like alcoholism and binge disorder. Everybody has a comfortable range where they can ascertain the difference between "healthy" and "obsessive." Eating disorders of all kinds cause our brain to go haywire and we can no longer see what is real. We mistakenly believe that the obsessive behaviors are the healthy ones :'(
    I am glad that you feel in control of your life now. I am so proud of you, and I wish you the best life possible.
    Stay strong <3

    PS...I am 5 feet 2.5 inches :-) Yay for being short!

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    1. I completely agree with you! The grasp it has on your mind is the same as any other obsessive/compulsive condition and should be treated as such.
      Thank you so much for your input and encouragement. I wish you the best of luck in your journey as well!

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  6. LOVE your blog! I tried following you on bloglovin but it says it doesn't exist?? :(

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Hmm, thanks for letting me know.. I'll have to check that out. I just follow blogs through my Blogger homepage, so I don't know much about Bloglovin.

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    2. No problem! It's a great site, alot of bloggers told me to use it when I started my blog since apparently thats what they all do haha, you should check it out! :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing your story! Just found you through an article you wrote for the Peaceful Dumpling. Looking forward to more of your work.

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    1. Thanks Joy! I'm glad you like it. (:

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  8. I see what you're saying, I can see lots of myself in your story. I'm so glad you have found a way to let go of the health obsession and embrace a healthy relationship with food...very inspiring. I can't wait to explore the rest of your site :)

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  9. Hi Quincy! Would you mind if I shared your Estonian food pictures on VeganWanderlust.org? I'll give you credit, of course.

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    1. Hey Ryan, I would be happy to let you share my pictures. Thanks!

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