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(TW) coping with someone doing intermittent fasting
I’ve struggled with my eating for a few years now, never extremely seriously but still each day it’s a bit of a challenge and I have to work hard to ignore my thoughts telling me to restrict. I’ve also struggled with a lot of anxiety around knowing what and when my boyfriend eats in order to feel like I can eat. I have been working very hard to try and get to a healthier place with my eating. Yesterday I was at my boyfriend’s house, and at about 15:30 his mum said “Right, breakfast time!” She has been doing intermittent fasting for about six months or so, and she often talks about it and often fasts for much longer than she plans to, but is obviously proud when she does. She says things like “I feel good when I’ve waited a long time for my food and I enjoy it even more”. She is vaguely aware that I struggle with my mental health, and doesn’t know details but she does know I’ve struggled with my eating. My boyfriend feels like he can’t say anything to her about how unhealthy what she’s doing is, because she is adamant that it’s good for her. I don’t want to have to ask her to not talk about it around me, but it’s extremely hard to hear. Does anyone have any advice on how to cope with this?