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eating the same food everyday, is that bad?


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everysingle day without fail i eat exactly the same food, have done for about a year now. just wondered if anyone had any advice for me on if its a bad thing to do etc...

banana, alpen light bar

6 whole choice crackers with jam, pear

lowfat ocean crumble, mushrooms/carrots or sprouts/carrots

apple/pear/plum/non fat natural yoghurt

raisin chocolate poppets

these are my safe foods that i truly enjoy to eat everyday, will i lack nutrients etc..or am i ok with this, thankyou so much for taking the time to read this and possibly replying

x

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That seems like very little calories.

Based on the last thread you started in the same vein, you very much need to gain weight. I highly doubt you are eating enough food, and your description of this food as "safe" suggests you are very much still struggling with your ED.

Eating the same food every day isn't necessarily bad, but you are not getting enough nutrition or enough calories to gain weight.

Yes, this is a very bad thing to do.   

First, is this ALL you're eating in a day?   It's not NEARLY enough, calorie-wise.   It looks under 1000 cals to me, and you probably need upwards of 1800-2000, depending on your age, weight, height, and activity level.

Second, yes, you'll lack nutrients if this is all you're eating.   Vitamins, minerals, calcium, protein, fat.... there is not enough of any these things to support your health and all the functions your body performs.

For example, the body needs about 0.4 grams of protein per pound of body weight.   So if you weighed 120 pounds, you'd need 48 grams of protein.    I don't know your portion sizes, but I'd estimate that this diet gives you around 15-20 grams.

A woman between the age 11-24 needs 1200-1500 mgs of calcium.   I see almost no calcium here except the yoghurt - a cup of fat-free yoghurt provides about 450 mg.  

I could go on and on - you get the point.   A diet like this is going to harm you in the long run.   If you've been on it for a year, I can guarantee you've already lost precious bone density and muscle mass.   Are you underweight?

It sounds like you need professional ED help to try to expand your range of "safe" foods.   Is your fear about calories/weight, or are you a "selective eater" who doesn't like a lot of foods because of taste and texture?

do you truly enjoy eating them, or are you truly scared to eat anything else?

whatever you've managed to convince yourself, you deserve more than this "safe" (read: "dangerously restrictive and at starvation level") diet.

i'm pretty sure you know that this isn't enough food and i'm pretty sure you know that it's a bad thing to do.  i'm also pretty sure that you desperately need help to break free of this... please go and get it.

thankyou for taking the time to reply to me, yeah thats my daily food intake, i guess im kinda stuck in the routine of eating the same food, i mean i absolutely lovee eating and look forward to it but yh these foods are 'safe' to me and i do enjoy them sooo much and am kinda scared to eat other things. i guess i am underweight and i do wan2 get better but its so scary currently 104lbs 5ft8 22yrs. i worry that im causing damage by my eating habbits, but thats it...its habbit now!! :( i need to try its just scary but thankyou x

You have a BMI of 15.8 - that isn't just a little underweight - it is dangerously underweight.

If eating more (both in quantity and in types) is scary, perhaps recovery is not something that you can do on your own. Have you looked into getting professional help?

Original Post by emmab121:

everysingle day without fail i eat exactly the same food, have done for about a year now. just wondered if anyone had any advice for me on if its a bad thing to do etc...

banana, alpen light bar

6 whole choice crackers with jam, pear

lowfat ocean crumble, mushrooms/carrots or sprouts/carrots

apple/pear/plum/non fat natural yoghurt

raisin chocolate poppets

these are my safe foods that i truly enjoy to eat everyday, will i lack nutrients etc..or am i ok with this, thankyou so much for taking the time to read this and possibly replying

x

these are just the snacks you eat every day, or your entire food meal plan for a 24-hour day?

 

no these are not snacks.

banana/alpen-breakfast

crackers/pear-dinner

ocean crumble/veg-tea

fruit/yoghurt-snack

poppets-snack

x

Hi Emma, I really hope you realize this is not a "habit". It's an illness called anorexia nervosa.    Please get some help.

I agree with miss_renee: this isn't just a "habit".  It's a scary and dangerous obsession that has made you its slave.  You might think you're in control, but in reality, it's controlling you.  From reading your comments, I think you already realize this, to a degree.  As someone who is currently recovering from anorexia, I can completely relate to these types of irrational fears about food, and I really think it's necessary for you to see a doctor about this, because it's very hard to break out of it on your own. 

While eating the same thing every day is fine... you must eat ENOUGH food full of the nutrients you need. Your food intake you have recorded... doesn't seem to get enough of anything, especially protein and healthy fat. While you can certainly eat the above foods since you like them you need to incorporate MORE food into your diet... or eat these foods in LARGE portions!

I went through a period of about 7 months where I ate pretty much the exact same food daily, I was at the beginning of recovery and was still scared to eat foods that I didn't feel safe with.

 

But its important that you try to add more variety to your diet, add new foods slowly, eating the same thing everyday is still an ED habbit that needs to be overcome

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