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I'm so hungry.
Dec 4, 2014
I am a female, 18 years old, 5ft 4, and I just checked, the jeans I am wearing right now are a 0, but I think I am usually an American size two (I don't weigh myself anymore, so I don't know how much I weigh). I usually eat 1000-1200 calories a day; typically I'll consume four to six healthy 200 calorie meals in addition to constantly eating fruit and vegetables, and drink around 4 litres of water. I know this is less food than suggested but I feel fully satisfied on that, and I am a recovering bulimic and have trouble keeping more than that down. Unless I am unwell, I exercise at least 5 times a week. I am energetic, happy, not super skinny, and my body is usually satisfied with this lifestyle. However, come my period, I become ravenous and really, really thirsty. I don't always get my period, so this doesn't happen every month, but when it does I am just so hungry. Today alone I've eaten toast with almond butter, honey, and a banana; a hard boiled egg on whole wheat bread with a cup of spinach; a salad made of 2 cups spinach, half a chicken breast, almonds, cranberries, and Greek dressing; part of a skinless chicken leg; another banana; a grapefruit; 2 oranges; a cup of coffee with 1/2 a cup almond milk and cinnamon; a cup of tea; and half a cucumber (and it's not even dinner yet). It's not like I am mindlessly binging either, I am legitimately hungry. I was out all day yesterday and brought the amount of food I would typically eat in a day. However, all day I constantly hungered for more. Halfway through my workout yesterday I started to feel sort of faint, and at work that night all I could think about was how much my stomach hurt from being hungry. I drank 8 litres of water yesterday, too. I'm even eating foods I would usually never eat (because I absolutely detest them- like mustard or kale) just to make sure I'm not eating for the taste. Last night after work I came home and ate so much that I made myself throw up afterwards (not because I felt stuffed, but because I was scared of how much food was in me), a habit I thought I had overcome. This constant hunger is making me regress in terms of my recovery- I am obsessed with food right now and terrified of eating too much. I use food as a control in my life, so with being so hungry my whole life feels like it's out of control. I am eating healthy foods that contain protein, but I am not satisfied, and I don't know what to do. I've been doing really easy workouts (walking instead of jogging, lifting lighter weights) to try to limit my need for calories, but to no avail. Why am I this hungry? Is my body really justified in craving easily more than double my typical calorie intake just because I'm on my period? Does anyone else have this problem? Should I just keep eating, or should I force myself to just deal with the constant hunger? What foods would you suggest to help me feel full? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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