Kelsea Ballerini opens up about fighting bulimia in new book

  • Country singer Kelsea Ballerini revealed her previous battle with an eating disorder in her new book, Feel your way through.
  • She is recovering now, but the bulimia she struggled with as a teenager still affects her relationship with her body today.
  • “I’m in a much healthier place and I’m much more gentle with how I talk to myself and my body,” she told a new interview.

    Kelsea Ballerini, 28, reflects on her battle with eating disorders in her new book, Feel your way through. The collection of poems shares Kelsea’s views on “what it’s like to be twenty – one trying to navigate a wildly beautiful and ruined world,” according to the book’s description on Amazon.

    And now, in a new interview, Kelsea becomes candid about how the fight against bulimia as a teenager has changed her worldview as an adult. “My parents had just been divorced, and I think for me it was a source of control,” the “hole in the bottle” singer said. People.

    In her book, Kelsea revealed that she managed her eating disorder alone, took diet pills and exercised excessively until she was 18. Then she reached out for help after fainting “several” times.

    Bulimia affects two to three out of every 100 women in the United States, according to data from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. It is an eating disorder that usually involves binging, or eating large amounts of food uncontrolled, and then cleansing, or trying to get rid of those calories in an unhealthy way, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    There are a few ways to treat bulimia, ranging from therapy to medication, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. People who are recovering usually also consult a nutritionist to build healthy eating habits.

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    Now, even though Kelsea is recovering, she says she’s still working on her relationship with her body. “It’s a journey and it’s endless,” she explained. She also shared that life as a famous country singer (and the publicity that comes with it) can make her feel like she’s starting from scratch again.

    After performing on Today back in 2015, so Kelsea “saw an article pop up and it said, ‘Ballerini debuts baby bump,'” she told People. “I returned to the 12-year-old version of me, but thought: Either you’re being triggered by this all the time, or you’re getting to a point where you’re okay enough to look past it.”

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    Today, Kelsea says it is a constant process to address her negative self-talk. “I’m in a much healthier place and I’m much more gentle with how I talk to myself and my body,” she said. “There are still days when I return to being the 12-year-old and I have to capture myself and hold myself accountable for the work I have done.”

    She also redefines her relationship with food and exercise. “I do not train to be thin, I train to be healthy. I do not eat a salad to be thin, I eat a salad to be healthy,” says Kelsea per. People.

    “I’ve re-calibrated what it means to me to just look at myself in the mirror and just be like, ‘Man, I’m healthy. I am strong. I have good spiritual support to do my job well. “These are things that matter to me now, rather than ‘I look thin in a dress’.”

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    Kelsea says it was scary, but necessary to open up about its past. “I have always presented myself as a very happy and sparkling person,” she says. “But there is more. It took me some time to feel brave enough and confident enough to share my true self.”

    And she hopes sharing her story will help her and others heal. “When you’re able to talk about things, you’ll either feel ashamed of it and you’ll keep it hidden, or you’ll air it out and be vulnerable and connect with people and take the sting away from it and heal together. , “says Kelsea.

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    “And I think it’s just the better option for me at this point in my life. So that’s why I’ve airing a few of my dark secrets in this book,” she added.

    As for the future of her poems, Kelsea told actress Reese Witherspoon that a few could turn into more CMA award-winning hits sooner rather than later. “You know, it’s interesting, I – I really had to not write music while writing this book,” Kelsea explained to Reese in a recent interview.

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    “For some reason I could not cross it in my brain. But yes. Now that I’m working on the next record, I’ve found that a couple of them have inspired a couple of the songs. And I” I am still so early in it, I do not really know what it will be, but … I dug so deep and I found parts of myself that I did not really know were there while writing this, and then I have this whole new, undiscovered tank that I just want to see what else comes out. ”

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