‘MY FOOD BLOG BROUGHT ON AN EATING DISORDER’
With thousands of followers, veganism was Jordan Younger’s full-time job. She explains how it all went wrong...
‘My relationship with healthy eating had an almost fairy tale beginning. I found the plantbased lifestyle when I was in my last year of university and, as a result, almost immediately, the wellness scene became a huge part of my life. Eating plants exclusively served as a remedy for my lifelong stomach problems, a gateway into an accepting community of like-minded individuals who became close friends, and it also lead me to develop a career as a well-known wellness blogger. Plus, I felt great about being the picture of health to friends and family. It made me feel powerful, and like I was doing something right.
‘Fast-forward to a year and a half later, and things still looked pretty – on the outside. I was a full-time health food blogger with an Instagram following of 75,000 plus. I wrote daily about my healthy recipes (complete with compulsory colourful photos), and I was considered a bona fide expert in the realm of veganism. But on the inside, I was suffering. Most of what I ate consisted of green vegetables, low-glycemic fruits and the occasional nut. I started developing nutritional deficiencies without even realising it, and I could hardly even allow myself to think about how deprived I felt because I was so tied to my lifestyle.
‘On top of that, I started to develop “food fears”. During this time, I even came to believe that cooked vegetables were ‘bad’ and didn’t contain enough nutrients. But even though I knew things were getting out of hand, my blog and social media presence made me feel like I couldn’t stop.
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