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My stomach is a bottomless pit!


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The title says it all. Im a recovering anorexic, and have been binging more and more often since february. It only got worse, happening more often... Now I have been binging he last 6 days in a row.

But... No matter how much I eat, my stomach won't feel full, bloat, nothing! Even after eating six pitta breads my tummy looked like it hadn't held any food for years. It was as flat as a pancake. And in two hours, I was starving and my stomach was making noises. Kinda weird, since the pitta-binge I had was over 1000 calories and huge in volume...

During these binging days, I have been feeling better than ever! Really, I can feel my body burning (no, not stroring, no no no no....) the calories. Im feeling warm and energtic, my bowel works like a miracle and - believe it or not - I look skinnier than what I did when I didn't binge. I have no idea what the scales say, Im never gonna weigh myself anymore. But my clothes do fit.

So could it be my body is just sapping the calories and repairing my body? This very moment I start to feel my stomach churring. I ate about 500 calories 1,5 h ago.

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this is great...maybe you're not "binging" just eating an appropriate number of calories now so it feels like a binge. if energy wise and physically you look and feel great then i think you have nothing to worry about. congrats on doing something great for your body and health. yes, your body is repairing itself and remain consistent with eating enough. do you count total calories for the day? are you seeing a nutritionist? what was your last known weight? i went through the same exact thing as you, except i did bloat quite a lot and still do but the energy and such was the same. i also never felt full so that's quite normal! :)

Thanks for your reply.

Yea usually I eat 1500-2500 per binge session. Usually I stop eating only when
a) The food is gone
b) Im so full my stomach hurts (yes even if it doesn't look bloted!), and moving is hard

I dont count calories for the day if I dont binge. But after binging I always feel so curious to find out the calorie count of it... Somehow, the numbers cant freak me out anymore the way they used to.

sweetie, dont view it as binge behaviour, please be careful.

i did the same to recover my ed, and i still struggle with food addiction, slow down as you reach your goal weight and eat when your hungry and stop after you have had one serving of that food (portions are the main thing that im distorted with now days) then if your still rumbling in your tummy in an hour, have another ONE serving. Eat often, not heaps at once, be prepared to get into normal habbits when your healthy.

i mean im no doctor nor do i know your situation and how severe you are, you may be okay to eat as much as you can, it also depends on how fast your gaining, i gained ubder-fast and that isnt all that healthy long term.

if your not, please undergo therapy, talk to your doctor, make sure someone who knows what they are doing is guiding you (not a trusted friend - but a professional)

best wishes, im SOO proud of you it made me smile!

A BINGE?? of 500 calories? Sweety, that isn't even enough for a meal for someone who is recovering!! Jeez, my maintanence meals are like 700.

Original Post by no_audience:

A BINGE?? of 500 calories? Sweety, that isn't even enough for a meal for someone who is recovering!! Jeez, my maintanence meals are like 700.


Yes, but considering I binged 1600 calories two hours before that, and still felt hungry, that is weird. And I didn't say that 500-cal meal was a binge. By binging I mean 1000-4000 per sitting.

Look, some people need to eat every hour or two, normally. I am one of them. I have always been ravenous if I did not eat at least every three hours. So I will venture a guess, and say that you are returning to a normal state of hunger after your illness. Congrats!

Tricks to staying full - lots of bread (like the pita) will burn up fast. Try making a pita sandwich with hummus, tahini sauce, turkey, veggies, the works. This should help you feel more full then just eating bread. I always get hungry in an hour if I eat toast or a bagel.

Also - as you are in recovery, aren't you supposed to eat like 3500 calories a day? If so, then eating 1,000 calories each in 3-4 sittings isn't that far off the mark, no?

Okay...first of all, have you had a full physical and blood work done recently? Vitamin deficiencies, electrolyte imbalances, and various illnesses can cause extreme, relentless hunger. There may very well be a physical reason for this binging behavior, and a doctor is the only one who can help you in that.

How tall are you, what is your weight, and how quickly have you been gaining, Ieevee? When I was in recovery--about half way through--I had to eat 5,000-6,000 calories a day to maintain my weight or to "only" lose a few pounds. If your stomach doesn't seem to be filling up, perhaps your body is actually USING the food that you're consuming? You feel hungry, so that is yet another sign that your body may NEED this much food. How much biking are you doing on average each week, anyway?

Of course, your blood sugar levels could also be behind these binges. I have hypoglycemia, and if my blood sugar crashes or spikes for whatever reason, my appetite will go wacko in either direction (ravenous or stuffed to the hilt). From what you are describing, you're eating mostly carbohydrates, and as Mel said before me, that will not keep you full. The reason for that is your blood sugar levels. When you eat an unbalanced meal consisting of mainly one macro-nutrient (carbs, fats, and proteins are macros), your blood sugar will NOT stay stable at all: it will spike, your body will quickly burn through the food, and your blood sugar will crash, making you hungry. Depending on the severity of your body's reaction to food, you may experience this spike/crash before your brain even realises that you've eaten food (that takes 30 minute or longer)...of course you'd never feel full!

My advice is to:

  • 1. Visit a doctor.
  • 2. Eat a balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates at each meal. If you don't know what foods contain these macro-nutrients, you might benefit from using diabetic exchanges to balance meals. Again...visit your doctor.
  • 3. Do not exercise for more than one hour per day. This can really screw with your appetite...especially right after a period of starvation.
  • 5. Eat regularly. Do not go for more than 3 hours without food. Your blood sugar will remain much more stable if you do that. If you wait for a while to eat a meal, you will only feel hungrier and eat more once you finally get to eat. Spreading your food throughout the day will allow you to enjoy it more as well, because you won't be scarfing it down.
  • 4. Drink. Be sure to drink water along with eating regular meals. As you probably know, being thirsty can make you feel starving hungry.
  • 5. Do not over think eating. That will only stress you out. Thinking about food oftentimes makes people feel hungrier. Not to mention, obsessing about food is only feeding your ED and allowing him le-way to slip back into your life.

I hope that that helped...best to you! :)

Original Post by missmagill_x:

Okay...first of all, have you had a full physical and blood work done recently? Vitamin deficiencies, electrolyte imbalances, and various illnesses can cause extreme, relentless hunger. There may very well be a physical reason for this binging behavior, and a doctor is the only one who can help you in that.

How tall are you, what is your weight, and how quickly have you been gaining, Ieevee? When I was in recovery--about half way through--I had to eat 5,000-6,000 calories a day to maintain my weight or to "only" lose a few pounds. If your stomach doesn't seem to be filling up, perhaps your body is actually USING the food that you're consuming? You feel hungry, so that is yet another sign that your body may NEED this much food. How much biking are you doing on average each week, anyway?

Im 5´2, my lowest weight was in January, 88 lbs. I have vowed to never weigh myself again, so only my doctor knows my weight - but what I do know its anywhere between 97-110 lbs. I was told I should not try to gain more weight. Im trying to just normalize my eating habits and binging is not really the way to go... Oh, my bloodwork was just fine when it got cheked last time.

Anyway, I figured the food must be going somewhere and be used, because I feel like my stomach literally digests 1 kg of food in like 3 seconds. Binging HAS made me a lot better physically. I feel stronger after my binge week and have actually thought less about food and dieting, and doing more things I used to enjoy like drawing, writing and such.

I know Im not binging for emotional reasons, just because my body needs food. My binges start 100% because Im just so damn hungry, I never eat if I feel sad or angry. I dont have a huge problem with binging if I still feel hungry in a few hours and not bloated - but if I do bloat, I freak out. And I just can't think my body would seriously need 5000 calories per day. Anyway, Im almost sure I have gained weight, but have not got any fatter as a result of binging - my clothes fit normally.

I bike on average, 3-6 hours per week. So I'd figure maybe I have gained muscle?

Anyway, thanks for your advice, I appreciate it :)

"I know Im not binging for emotional reasons, just because my body needs food. My binges start 100% because Im just so damn hungry, I never eat if I feel sad or angry. I dont have a huge problem with binging if I still feel hungry in a few hours and not bloated - but if I do bloat, I freak out. And I just can't think my body would seriously need 5000 calories per day. Anyway, Im almost sure I have gained weight, but have not got any fatter as a result of binging - my clothes fit normally."

Then you are just FINE! :) Your body *could* actually need those 5000 calories right now. You are at the prime age for a growth spurt--especially after recovering from an ED. Your body is not only completing inner repairs from your Anorexia, but it is also trying to grow--inwards and outwards! Most teenagers don't count calories, remember...I'd not be surprised at all to learn that many of my friends eat 3-5k calories per day. It takes a LOT of food to fuel growth and development, and if your body is asking for it, then you should provide that fuel! I don't know anybody that would try taking their car on a cross-country trip on one tank of gas, do you? :)

Just listen to your body and let it lead the way. The bloating that you experience at times may be the result of a lot of fibrous foods, fruits, veggies, or dairy. Do you have any food intolerances? I was recently diagnosed with Celiacs Disease--an intolerance to wheat and gluten--and cutting those intolerable foods out of my diet really relieved the bloat that I experienced at times! Food intolerances can also lead to extremely high caloric needs, as the body cannot properly absorb the nutrients in foods that are intolerable. I couldn't gain weight until I stopped eating gluten. Maybe you could ask your doctor about food intolerances or allergies? DO NOT try testing yourself on your own, however! NOTHING should be cut out of the diet without a doctor's permission--that often results in vitamin deficiencies and a lack of variety, and, with a history of an ED, it can trigger a relapse.

I hope that you can find peace with your body in this, Ieevee! Good luck!! :) 

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