Are you having trouble eating?
Eating disorders can have a very profound impact on your daily life. The eating disorder basically helps you survive; it is a strategy you have learned to deal with difficult situations. However, it is not a healthy strategy, but eating disorders are unfortunately very difficult to treat. There are several eating disorders, the best known being anorexia and bulimia. With microdosing, you can try to support your mental health. Microdosing with magic mushrooms or truffles for an eating disorder can help reduce anxiety and break patterns.
What is an eating disorder?
We need to eat every day to gain energy and stay healthy. You may have periods when you eat too much or too little. Sometimes this is because you want to lose weight, but your mental well-being can also affect your appetite. Under the influence of stress or anxiety, you may lose your appetite or eat more because it helps you feel good. An eating disorder, however, is of a different order. It is a psychological problem, where food starts to define your life. This, of course, has immense consequences for your body and mind.
An eating disorder arises as a strategy to make you feel safe. It can help avoid mental pain. There are different forms, where you eat too little or, on the contrary, eat a large amount at one time. Many people call it a welfare disease. While it may be the case that it occurs mainly in Western countries, it is actually a manifestation of psychological pain.
Types of eating disorders
- Anorexia nervosa: extreme fear of gaining weight or becoming fat. You eat too little and as a result gain too low a body weight.
- Bulimia nervosa: first there is an unstoppable compulsion to eat a lot, followed by vomiting, excessive exercising or laxatives.
- Eating disorder (binge eating disorder): you eat way too fast and too much, so much that you feel uncomfortably full. You will eat when you are not even hungry, even products you do not like. You always eat alone out of shame.
- ARFID (Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder): A person with ARFID has hypersensitive senses, making certain smells, tastes or the texture of food distasteful. This makes you want to eat very few different types of food.
Although it may seem that an eating disorder only leads to unhealthy eating, the disorder has a great deal of impact on daily life. Someone who suffers from this is constantly thinking about food, is preoccupied with his or her weight. This, of course, also affects concentration. The shame associated with secretly eating or vomiting affects relationships. Excuses are made up, you no longer want to eat with others or don’t have the energy to do things together. Eating disorders are often accompanied by loneliness and depression.
Physically, of course, it also has a lot of impact. An eating disorder can lead to digestive problems, heart problems and menstrual disorders. Obesity, caused by an eating disorder, can be the cause of diabetes.
How can microdosing help with an eating disorder?
An eating disorder can give a person a sense of control. Like other addictions, it is a way to feel good, to counteract fears. Behind the eating disorder are thought patterns that maintain the survival strategy. Microdosing can help initiate a transformation.
Truffles and magic mushrooms contain the mind-altering substance psilocybin. When you microdose, however, you take only a very small dose, so you don’t notice any mind-altering effects. Microdosing with truffles has a subtle impact on thinking and emotions. It can help soften inflexibility and break rigid thought patterns. Results from recent research also suggest this.
In 2018, research was conducted at the University of Toronto. Participants in the study were people who were microdosing now or earlier in their lives. All subjects scored higher in areas such as creativity and open-mindedness. Added to this was the fact that they scored lower on dysfunctional behavior and negative emotions, compared to people who did not microdose.
Another important fact that emerges from research is that psilocybin can make connections between different regions of the brain. It turns out that the Default Mode Network (DMN), a network in the brain that becomes active when you think about yourself and when you reflect, is overactive in people who are depressed or have OCD. When the DMN is so active, it can lead to increased stress and depressive feelings. Psilocybin may have a positive influence on the DMN and may decrease its activity. A small-scale study shows that this can help reduce symptoms of OCD. So even if you have an eating disorder, you could benefit from this.
Eating disorders are one of the most difficult mental disorders to treat. It is always advisable to seek professional help if you are suffering from this. With microdosing you can work on yourself and it can also help with eating disorders. It can increase insight into yourself and give you the push you need to let go of obsessive behaviors. Microdosing can help anchor you in the now and reconnect with yourself. The road can be long and require a lot of patience, but hopefully you will have support from microdosing and be able to go down this road with more confidence.