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Recovering From Anorexia - Meal Plan?


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I am currently suffering from anorexia. I haven't had it for long, I only really started to restrict in January. Since the middle of January, I have lost 13 pounds. I am now 5'7'' 115 lb. and not happy with my weight. I am averaging 300-700 calories a day and I am starting a day program for recovery tomorrow.

 I was wondering if any other recovering/recovered anorexics would mind sharing their meal plans when they first started to recover? I don't want to gain weight and the thought of adding calories terrifies me.

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That's about 1000 calories. That's not a recovery meal plan.

Edited May 06 2010 03:22 by nycgirl

It's an Recovery 'Lying-to-myself' Meal plan.

that is crazy , i agree thats a starvation plan x

what? it sounds like a joke. 66-71 cal yogurt? so precise..and everything is diet food and light yikes

here was my recovery MP from IP

B-2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 dairy, 1 protein, 1 fat

S- starch, fruit, fat

L- 2 starch, 1 dairy, 2 protein, 2 veg, 2 fat

S- starch, fruit + 2000 calorie shake

D- 2 starch, 1 dairy, 3 protein, 2 veg, 2 fat

S- 2 starch, 1 fruit, dairy, fat

i think it was around 3400 calories?

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 Okay so I might not be the best to judge this since I had a lot of problems starting my own recovery but seriously? What the hell has recovery to do with low fat-or even full fat-"66-71" yogurt and low fat cheese and low fat crackers? Isn't that a form of starvation mode?

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Okay, for starters, that is definitely not enough. Not even nearly enough!! I know that must be difficult to hear, because at first even the slightest increase can make you feel out of control and miserable. It's hard to eat more!

To increase your calories, you could cut out everything that is "low fat" and replace it with things that are full fat (or at least made with semi-skimmed milk, not skimmed!). Ditch the splenda, and use real sugar if you really need it on your porridge. Have a larger dinner, and a snack afterwards too. Try to snack on things that are calorie dense such as nuts, dried fruit, protein bars.... They will give you those much needed calories, and they won't make you feel quite as full!

And also, stop being so precise with your calories! When I first started recovery, I completely stopped thinking about calories. It's not easy, but you really need to push the anorexic thoughts out of your mind. I have no idea what my calorie intake has been over the last two weeks, and now I don't even want to know! 

Good luck for getting better, I hope you manage to make these vital changes to your meal plan so that you can increase your weight to a healthy level... :) Try talking to a dietician! xxx

Edited May 06 2010 03:24 by nycgirl
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 The reason you put on weight is because your metabolism seriously slowed when you restricted your intake for so long and so severely.  Your body slowed everything down, so as to continue functioning on such a limited amount of energy.  You can salvage your metabolism, but that's not going to happen on a restricted intake--and 1800 is still restricted.  You say you feel depressed: you know it's because you're not eating enough.  You really need to seek professional help: your physical and mental states are in jeopardy, and you are meeting quite a few of the criteria for anorexia.  Please, please, for your sake, talk to someone.  And if they don't listen, talk to someone else.  Just keep trying, because you need support.

Edited Apr 18 2010 23:06 by nycgirl

I'm sure you're probably right about Anorexia, it's not as if I have a denial about that but i'd like to be able to work on it and get better without doctor intervention if possible? Is there any way that I can speed my metabolism back up so that I can increase my intake without gaining masses of weight? I just know that I wouldn't be able to bear any weight increase but I also know that staying at the intake I'm at currently is doing serious damage. I feel hopeless!

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 Is there any way that I can speed my metabolism back up so that I can increase my intake without gaining masses of weight?

You can speed your metabolism up by eating a healthy amount of calories.

I'm recovering from anorexia in a clinic as well. I had a parasite for about 6 months that left me at about 85 pounds, and I had to restrict my diet immensely so I could keep down some food. After that, I struggled for about 3 years trying to get my weight back up but I couldn't - I was too afraid to get sick again. So that's where I am now - getting help. I've been here a month and I've gained about 15 pounds. The key for anyone needing help is to start slow. They started me at about 1500 calories the first 3 days, then they would increase it by 300-calorie increments about every 3 days until I got to about 2700. I'm now at 3900 calories per day. I can't say it's easy, but just keep in mind that there's more to life than food. Here's a few helpful tips I've gotten from my dietician:

-You need 3500 calories in addition to what your body needs to maintain your weight to gain a pound (so you'd need 5500 calories to gain a pound if your maintinence requirement was 2000).

-You will gain the same amount of weight from 500 calories of cookie as you will from 500 calories of lettuce, but the lettuce would make you a whole lot fuller.

This community is great - it's nice to be able to hear other people's stories. :) Best of luck to you all!

To everyone out there who is suffering from an eating disorder and also trying to recover, or has recovered, please take the time to read this!

I have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder. I am on the road to recovery but it is very, very hard! I am 164cm tall and currently weigh 43kg. I am seeing a dietitian and am on a meal plan which I am trying to follow but I can't seem to bring myself to eat everything that is required! My daily food intake consists of the following:

Breakfast: 1 cup of All Bran original wheat flakes with 50ml of milk (at most).

Lunch: Generally a salad sandwich on multigrain bread (2 slices of bread)

- carrot (grated)

- beetroot (sliced)

- lettuce

- purple onion

- Occasionally a slice of turkey or ham.

OR

3 Original Ryvitas with vegemite or low fat cottage cheese (approx 20 grams at most).

 

Afternoon Tea: 1 red or green apple or 10 almonds - sometimes both if I don't feel too fat at the time :( 

Dinner: Dinner is usually a 100 gram piece of white fish with steamed vegetables (approx. 1 cup at most). Starting to eat a small amount of sweet potato for carbs.

 

I really want to start eating more and I know I HAVE TO, but does anyone have any strategies or ways to make this easier for me to do? I'm sick of feeling so fat all day everyday but I want to get through this. HELP! 

xo

PS I didn't know how to write my own thing for everyone to see so someone please help me through here somehow??

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Original Post by shooting_stars:

To everyone out there who is suffering from an eating disorder and also trying to recover, or has recovered, please take the time to read this!

I have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder. I am on the road to recovery but it is very, very hard! I am 164cm tall and currently weigh 43kg. I am seeing a dietitian and am on a meal plan which I am trying to follow but I can't seem to bring myself to eat everything that is required! My daily food intake consists of the following:

Breakfast: 1 cup of All Bran original wheat flakes with 50ml of milk (at most).

Lunch: Generally a salad sandwich on multigrain bread (2 slices of bread)

- carrot (grated)

- beetroot (sliced)

- lettuce

- purple onion

- Occasionally a slice of turkey or ham.

OR

3 Original Ryvitas with vegemite or low fat cottage cheese (approx 20 grams at most).

 

Afternoon Tea: 1 red or green apple or 10 almonds - sometimes both if I don't feel too fat at the time :( 

Dinner: Dinner is usually a 100 gram piece of white fish with steamed vegetables (approx. 1 cup at most). Starting to eat a small amount of sweet potato for carbs.

 

I really want to start eating more and I know I HAVE TO, but does anyone have any strategies or ways to make this easier for me to do? I'm sick of feeling so fat all day everyday but I want to get through this. HELP! 

xo

PS I didn't know how to write my own thing for everyone to see so someone please help me through here somehow??

You sound an awful lot like me, finding it difficult to get out of a routine.

Very difficult!!

My meal plan was horrible as I usually just eat porridge or weetabix, I do eat around 1750calories a day, I'm male, 5"11 and 47kg ( lucky I'll male) , well as an inpatient I have.

Breakfast: cup of dry oats with water, plus slice toast with 2 dairylea triangles

Snack: 300mls of 1.5kcal/ml supplment

Lunch: Ham sandwich without butter and a 150g total greek yoghurt full fat

2pm snack: 300ml 1.5kcal/ml supplement.

4pm snack: 300ml 1.5/ml supplement

Dinner: Jacket potato with a dairylea triangle, 3 plums and a muller corner yoghurt

I only gain 1.5kg in a 6 month admission! 48.9 to 50.4

i know this is an old thread but anyways

i've been restricting myself to 300-500 kcal a day since march with occasional 700-1000 kcal a day and have lost 12 kg

now i am trying to gain weight as i finally saw that i don't even look like a normal person anymore. my period has stopped two or three months ago.

right now i eat around 2500 a day, but yesterday i was convinced to consume around 3200 and now feel extremely guilty and fat even though i know it's good for my body

i haven't been experiencing serious weight gain but i've only started this week so i guess i'll need patience. will my weight gain get out of control with an intake like this? i only need to gain about 3-5 kg

do you know how to cope with anxiety about your increasing weight? i can't help but adore the way i look like right now, so skinny and all. i'm afraid i won't be able to take it if i go back to normal. anybody can help?

cheers

Hey, firstly well done for starting to recover! It's really hard and although you sound as though you are struggling you are also trying really hard so well done so please keep going because it is worth it to be free of ED! I k ow what you mean about lovin your skinny body, but seriously that is ED talking and the only way to shut him up is too gain weight. It sucks but that's the way it is. Anyway, this is the recovery meal plan I had in IP:

breakfast: 2 weetabix or frosties with 200ml full fat milk 2 crumpets with butter and jam 2 plums or a banana

snack: tracker bar and 200ml orange juice

lunch: sandwich with butter, 2 dairylea triangles and salad muller corner yogurt

snack: 200ml innocent smoothie and a 4 finger kitkat

Dinner: meal of one third protein, one third carbs and one third veg (bean burger, new potatoes and salad) and 2 scoops of ice cream

snack: pack of hula hoops and 200ml milk

Oh and before I even started dieting and realizing I'm anorexic I weighted 54 kg and I ate EVERYTHING I WANTED! but now I just love that I look so thin ..

Woah!!! maayan7 please, refrain from posting things like what u said above. CC is for people who are striving to be healthy in body and mind. Your post does not relfect this at all. I dont know whether ur recovering from anorexia or looking to live with it (if  u are doing latter, i will tell you now, you are attempting the impossible).

You are too thin for your height, u need to increase ur calories and gain weight. You also need some help, like a therapist or something if u think its ok to starve yourself with 300 calories.

Youre not well, I hope u see this and can get some help, but CC will not help you if u dont see that u have a problem.

Hello.

 Im new here, but not new to anorexia. I've been trying to overcome anorexia for about two amost three years. And hell... its been the toughest thing i've ever done.

  At first i didnt think anything was wrong, i exercised regularly, i didnt eta much and when i did, i would throw it up. So now i can see i was in a abd state.but soon my mum found out what i was oding and she took me to the doctors, at first i went to them wekly but it wasnt until about a month later when the dietitain weighed me. She sad i was underweight and had to eb admittedt o hospital. At the time i was... mayb 45kg. But i know before al that, like 2 years ago i was like 53kg. ANyway, i was in the hospital for 6 weeks total. First two weeks i ate erything, or amost everything.

  And my meal plan was like this;

Breakfast - 200ml milk(full fat), cup of crnflakes, and 200ml orange juice

snack - fortisip (calorie drink)

lunch - portion of food (was small at first and then tehy made it into a normal portion)

snack - fortisip

dinnner - portion of food

snack - white toast,butter,jam and hot chocalte with milk.

The dinners and lunches were veyr horrible fatt yfoods, alot like... burgers,chips,sausages. just horrible food whichi would never eat and the snack were en worse, (trying to make an anorexic eat toast with butter or hot chocalte... does not work)

So after two weeks, i started to refuse the food. i would sit there and not eat. so then i sarted to lsoe weight. so after 4 weeks in that hospital i was moved down to the normal hospital and had NG feeding for two weeks. Absaloutly horrible. I hated it. It did up my weight. i was 46kg after the two weeks but iwas so depressed and i wasnt eating anything, i was relying solely on the Ng, or more.. i wouldn let myself eat knowing that i was getting like 3000 calories alone from the NG.

So my parents took it upon them to move me, they knew it wasnt working for me there. so i was moved to another hospital, and i've been here for nearly 5 weeks and ive jsut been made day patient.

  My meal plan started off like this;

Breakfast - 2dl yoghurt,1dl cornflakes,2 tb raisin, fruit and 2dl water

snack - crisp bread with 1 tsp butter,1tb caviar, 2dl orange juice

lunch - 200g cooked food (pasta/rice/potatoe & meat/fish/chicken & sauce) and 2dl juice

snack - risifrutti (rice yoghurt) and 2dl proviva juice

dinner - "same as lucnh"

snack - crisp bread with 1tsp butter and 2 tsp jam and 2d juice.

 

A first that was like a shock, i couldnt eat it all, well i did, i had to they actually wouldnt et me walk away until i had finished the food. Im glad they id though, otherwise i would be sitting there jsut letting the clock tick by not eating. 

Thye've had to raise my meal plan 3 times now because i've lost weight or stayed the same. im supposed to go up about 0.5kg a week. i seems like i go up loads more, but its tre, it is only like 0.5kg. its frightening.

my meal plan now;

Be warned - it might scare you (but it is totally achevable, the first coulpe of days you feel absaloutly sick, but you get used to it!!)

 

breakfast - 2dl yoghurt, 1dl muslie, 4 dried prunes , 1 crisp bread with 1tsp butter and 1 tsp marmalade, 3dl juice

                  Or

1 port oatmeal prridge,1dl milk, 2 tsp apple purre , 2 tsp raisins , 1 fruit and 3dl juice

Snack- yoghurt (125g), 2 pieces hard bread, 1tsp butter naad 1tsp marmalde for both, fruit and 3dl juice

           Or

1 soft bread with 1tsp butter and 1 slice of ham, 5 dried pruned, fruit and 3dl juice

Lunch - 350gram cooked food (same as my previous meal plan jsut more and now i jave cooked vegetables)

snack - 1 risifrutti,fruit,4 prunes,3dl juice 

Or

2 pieces soft bread with 1tsp butter nad 2 tsp jeam for eac , fruit adn 3dl juice

Dinner - "same as above - lunch"

Snack - 3dl yoghurt,1.5dl cereal (allbran/cornflakes),2 tsp raisins,1 banana, 3dl juice

Or

risifrutti,2 pieces hard breadd with 1tsp butter nad itsp marmalade for both, fruit and 3dl juice.

 

Ok.. that is a lot and i've calculated that its about 3500 - 3800 calories.

But yeah... i t does get hard to eat it all.. but i suppsoe im used to it now. but this meal plan works alot ebtter because its healthy normal food not hte greays junk fod in the other place.

I know this will scare you, it did to me to, but once you sstart eating you get used to it and trust me, its easier to jsut stop thinking and jsut eat because then you dont have to listen to the thoughts inside your head.

 

X

I know this is an old blog but it has really inspired me to work harder on my recovery. I'm currently 5'9" at 113lbs. When I looked my healthiest I was at 130lbs so I'm working my way back there though I struggle with having to remind myself that I should not weight 113lbs. 

I was eating under 800 calories a day for a few months while running 30mins/day and have now worked my way up to 1300-1800 for the past 5 days and am not doing cardio anymore. I want to know why if I feel so full I can't gain weight on this plan. I am seriously dedicated to getting my life back now but am not sure how to gain. I also want to know how long it takes to gain this weight because in my mind I think I'm going to weigh 125 in like 3 weeks but figure that's probably not the case.

Any advice is welcomed, I'm so glad I found this blog and hope everyone is doing well in their recovery :)

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