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Kesha: Rehab changed my ideas about food

Kesha has revealed that visiting rehab to seek help for her eating disorder gave her a whole new perspective on food and the benefits of healthy eating.

The 28-year-old singer entered a specialist clinic in January 2014 after struggles with eating disorders anorexia and bulimia.

And as well as getting her back on a healthy track, Kesha has revealed that the stay gave her a whole new perspective on the benefits of eating properly.

“I called my mom one night and I told her, 'I need help',” Kesha told Vogue magazine. “I went to an eating-disorder specific rehab site where a nutritionist taught me that food is a positive thing for your body. I realised being healthy is the most important thing I can do for myself."

Prior to realising she had a problem, Kesha admits her relationship with food was incredibly toxic.

In fact, she says she reached a point where “thinking that being hungry to the point of feeling almost faint was a positive thing”.

"The worse it got, the more positive feedback I was getting. Inside I was really unhappy, but outside, people were like, 'Wow, you look great,’ ” she said.

“I've had a lot of ups and downs. It's been quite a journey. [With the criticism about my body], I went to a dark place."

Kesha used her experience in the clinic to help inspire new, genuine, material. And she is working every day to learn to accept herself the way she is.

"I'm trying to embrace the skin I'm in," she said. "It's difficult sometimes. Every day I have to look in the mirror and make the choice to be kind to myself. This is who I am – I have to love that.

“I surround myself with positive people. I run a few miles on the beach every day, and I got into Transcendental Meditation to try to find some peace in my crazy life. [It reminds me] to be grateful for where I am, for my body, and my face – as imperfect as any of it may be.”

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