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Isn't it strange how all these people can offer such wonderful advice and yet we still struggle to see what everyone else can - that really we don't need to lose weight at all, that we're beautiful as we are? I'm having a rough time at the moment and any advice is appreciated...

I've been in recovery for 2 years now, I've had a couple of counselling sessions and some anti-depressants that I finished on about 18 months ago. I don't want professional help anymore, I think it's too late for that. I've been okay up until the last couple of months when I've had real problems with digestion. Possibly to do with the bulimia. I cut out wheat hoping that this would help, but I still just feel full all the time and I'm down to less than 800 calories a day but I haven't lost weight. My body fat percentage has gone down, but not the weight, it's just my stomach that is bloated and full all the time, the rest of me is okay. I don't really understand it. I'm scared of getting back into the anorexic mindset but I also know that all I see when I look in the mirror is fat. I don't want to lose too much weight, just a few pounds, maybe half a stone. I'm scared of getting better, I never want to be fat and I could never be happy if I was really fat. But I already need to lose weight...I'm so confused. Sorry for rambling on, just hoping someone understands. Thanks for reading this :)

xxx J*L xxx
Thanks Roxy, that's what scares me the most, putting on weight. I don't know how to think about food normally at all and I don't have a normal perception of what I really look like. I guess none of us here do! I'm trying to eat regularly, I just don't feel hungry most of the time so today for example I've had a wheat free croissant, an apple and a carrot. I just don't feel like eating. Part of me wants to get better but most of me is just too scared of getting fat. At the moment I'm 120lbs and 5'6" which is so huge, most of the time I'm 115lbs which is where I'm trying to get back to. I'm so fed up with feeling ill all the time...all I want is to be thin and happy :)

Thanks for your help

xxx J*L xxx
Hey,
First of all I want to tell you that you are already very thin for your height and a beautiful and caring person. You are not fat.
I am not sure if you had mentioned having IBS but I remember a post some time ago about that. Anyway, I have IBS and I always had a huge stomach, always bloated and feeling full. My advice is to drink plenty of water, water is sugar free, fat free, calorie free. I think it's the only thing that has made my stomach shrink. Try and avoid certain foods each day and find out what the cause is. For example I do not tolerate dairy products, they make my stomach huge and I gain weight really fast when I eat dairy. But I need the calcium so I only eat 1/4 cup cottage cheese and skim milk in my one cup of coffee a day. But I try to eat veggies that have calcium and take a calcium supplement.
My sister has IBS too and she stays away from all wheat products and certain veggies like tomatos and peppers (red, yellow, green). You really need to play around with the food you eat often to find out why you are bloated. I certainly think that once you figure it our your tummy will be flat and you will feel better.
Drink your water!!!!
Please don't restrict anymore you really are very thin. Take care of yourself you have come so far and worked so hard.
Go back and read the great advice you have given us all on this board and maybe you can see that you are strong and can fight this. Plus, I need your support when I am down in the dumps!





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