Four years ago, Abby Dixon was suffering from an eating disorder. The 23 year old, from Toronto, was 20 pounds underweight, and showing symptoms of bulimia and anorexia. Abby was consuming just 1000 calories per day, 50% of the recommended daily intake. Abby, perhaps subconsciously, used her veganism as an excuse for her eating problems:
“I told myself I was following these diets for ethical reasons, when really I was using them as a means to further restrict and cover up my disordered habits.”
After hitting rock bottom, Abby sought help. With the advice of medical professionals and psychiatrists, she slowly gained weight. It was at this point that she decided to track her progress on Instagram.
Nutritionists initially upped her calorie intake to 2000 per day. When she began to put weight on, they got her going to the gym. Fast-forward to today, and Abby has a body to die for!
Abby’s diet involves eating 2000 calories a day, but avoiding processed food. She has cut down on cardio and is instead doing a lot of weightlifting. Abby uses Instagram to post pictures of her progression, and to provide inspiration for other people who might be suffering from eating disorders.
Abby hopes that the pictures will show sufferers that there is a way out of their problems, and that they can bounce back.
Well done Abby. You are an inspiration.