Alanis Morissette opens up about her struggle to overcome eating disorders

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Alanis Morissette has detailed her battle to recover from eating disorders in a new interview with Women's Health. The singer -- whose debut album, Jagged Little Pill, celebrated its 20-year anniversary this year -- tells the magazine that she has dealt with bingeing and purging, starving herself and overeating.

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It has a been a difficult road to recovery for Morissette, who compares her struggle to that of an alcohol or drug addict.

"The big question for me around eating-disorder recovery is, 'What is sobriety with food?'" Morissette says. "We know with alcohol, you just don't drink it and don't go to a bar. With heroin, you just don't go near it. Whereas with food, you have to eat, so how can one go from, in my case, bingeing and purging, starving, overeating, the scale going up and down -- how can I go from that to a 'sober' approach?"

Morissette explains that her approach to overcoming her eating disorders included developing a new mindset about food and building boundaries.

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Alanis Morissette, right, and Mario Treadway arrive at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year event at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Alanis Morissette performs on stage during the 6th Annual ELLE Women In Music Celebration Presented By eBay at Boulevard3 on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HILTON - Alanis Morissette performs at the reception for the 8th Annual Hilton HHonors Charitable Golf Series Finale Event on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Los Angeles. The three-day event, held at the famed Riviera Country Club raised money for City of Hope, the leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Hilton/AP Images)
Alanis Morissette arrives at the 4th Annual Production Of The 24 Hour Plays After-Party held at the The Shore Hotel on Friday, June 20, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Singer Alanis Morissette attends Kiehl's Earth Day Celebration at Kiehl's on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Kiehl's/AP Images)
Alanis Morissette sings the national anthem before Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Alanis Morissette arrives at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singer Alanis Morissette poses at a rehearsal studio in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, May 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Canadian-born singer Alanis Morissette performs in New York's Rockefeller Plaza during her appearance on the NBC "Today" television show, Friday May 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Musician Alanis Morissette performs as part of Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles on Monday, April 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Mainz)
Singer Alanis Morissette arrives for the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette sings during her first concert of her Germany tour in Hamburg's Congress Center, northern Germany, on Wednesday, April 13, 2005. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
Singer Alanis Morissette from Canada performs at the MTV India Immies 2004 Awards, in Bombay, India, late Friday, Dec.10, 2004. Morissette is a seven-time Grammy award winner. MTV Immies is the biggest India Music awards. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)
Singer Alanis Morissette arrives for the New York premiere of "De-Lovely" Monday, June 21, 2004. "De-Lovely" is an orginal musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his songs. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
Photo by: Lee Roth STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax (212) 995-1196 11/05/03 Alanis Morissette at the Environmental Media Association's 13th Annual Environmental Media Awards. (Los Angeles, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Stephen Trupp STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 5/10/03 Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette at the premiere of "The In-Laws". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Peter Kramer STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 10/28/02 Alanis Morissette at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Canadian pop star Alanis Morissette smiles as she poses prior to a news conference to present her new album "Under rug swept," in downtown Milan, Italy, Monday, Feb. 4, 2002. (AP Photo/Fabio Polimeni)
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette performs during the Echo 2002 music award ceremony in Berlin on Thursday night March 7, 2002. Morissette was a special guest at the ceremony. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Canada's rock star Alanis Morissette performs during the May Labour Day concert on the Tor Vergata University grounds in the outskirts of Rome, Monday May 1, 2000. Thousands of faithful attended earlier in the morning Pope John Paul II celebrating the Jubilee of the workers on the same stage. Some 400,000 people attended the concert. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette smiles in front of her poster prior to a news conference at Beaufort Hotel in Singapore Friday, Oct. 29, 1999. The singer, once labelled an "angry young woman," is here as part of her Asian tour, said that while she feels more at peace now, she still gets angry. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Canadian rock singer Alanis Morissette performs at the Ariston Theater in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 as guest star of the Italian song contest "Festival of San Remo." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Alanis Morisette performs in London's Hyde Park, Saturday June 29 1996 at the rock concert in aid of the Prince's Trust. (AP Photo/Louisa Buller)
Alanis Morissette performs "Uninvited," for which she won a Grammy as the best female rock vocal performance, during the 41st Annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Alanis Morissette sings during the first night of her world Junkie Tour at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)
Singer Alanis Morissette performs in concert at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 12, 1998. It was Morissette's first concert for her new album. (AP Photo/Randi Lynn Beach)
Alanis Morissette perform's at the charity rock concert in London's Hyde Park, Saturday June 29 1996 in aid of the Prince's Trust. The concert attracted 150,00 people to the park and is expected to raise 500,000 pounds (750,000 dlrs) for charities sponsored by Britain's Prince Charles. (AP Photo/Lousia Buller)
Alanis Morissette accepts the award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Singer Alanis Morissette arrives at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996, for the 13th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. Morissette won the award for Best Female Video. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Lippman)
Alanis Morissette, with her Grammy award on the floor next to her, accepts the award for Best Rock Female at the 38th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Alanis Morissette thanks her producers after winning the "Album of the Year" at the 38th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Alanis Morissette, who chose not to hold her Grammy awards, poses for photographers backstage after winning Best Rock Album, Jagged Little Pill, and Best Rock Song, You Oughta Know, at the 38th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) <%% 0 PICTURE_OK HEADER_OK 0 2 %%>
Singer Alanis Morissette rehearses with her band for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1995. The 12th annual bash airs Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern from Radio City Music Hall. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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"I've been so disassociated for most of my life, and it's shown up in various forms like eating disorders and not having boundaries around having sex as a young person, and just not being aware of boundaries and having a lot of mine be violated and not considered. For me, the idea of building boundaries has become a huge part of my spiritual practice. With the mindfulness somatic practices, it's really helped me stay in my body," she says.

"I was raised on macaroni and cheese," Morissette adds. "But I've noticed allergies that have gone away when I step away from dairy. I've noticed when I get the high-nutrient greens, I sleep better. There's less moodiness. Food is entirely medicine to me. That doesn't mean I'm just eating seeds and raspberries, although that's fun, too, but it's an integrative approach."

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