theorems and corollaries contrived in the kitchen
One of the hurdles of eating disorder recovery is pinning irrational beliefs and challenging them with rational alternatives. A lot of the time this is especially difficult for me since the cleverest tactic of my Ed was to mask itself as my rationality— one of my most closely valued traits of my authentic self.
Proposition. I can’t trust my body to give itself the good care it needs.
The above proposition is common yet subtle to a lot of orthorexic thinking. That is:
Proposed Proof. There exist many “bad” (that is, unhealthy) foods available to eat. If I eat them, then I cannot be healthy and strong. That is, my body cannot use for good many of the sources of what my peers call food. Thus I must rigidly control what I eat, avoiding these foods and necessarily restricting my diet.
Logical? Yes. Truth value? False. This attempt at a proof fails to take into account one of my core beliefs. This is that the body is powerful because it is a vessel for my mind and soul. It must in this role have the power to adapt and to care for both itself and my inner self. In comes the self love! I propose a new theorem!
Theorem. I can trust my body to give itself the good care it needs. If I act with food according to its honest cues and cravings, I can be healthy.
That said, I crave sweet today. A sweet that is creamy and satiating yet won’t make my stomach complain. Cashew ice cream! I do not own a good ice cream maker, so with this recipe I am offering a few options as far as the freezing step goes. Personally I have a blast spending 10-20 minutes shaking up an icy bag, but that level of involvement can’t be appealing every time the ice cream craving rears up.
Yields a little over 3 cups of ice cream.