Michael, I know you didn't answer my mail but I maybe just read what I wrote again? It applies to the situation you're in now, too. Just roll with what your body wants and eat if it wants to. I find this "uncomfortable" at times, too, but keep telling myself that - if I wanted to - I could easily change to my "old" ways of eating, too. Give it a try! We both want to be healthy again and our bodies try to push us in the right direction.
That's the thing though, my body tells me to stop because it's full but my brain wants me to keep going and continues to want more. So what should I do when I'm physically stuffed and not hungry but am still mentally hungry/can't stop thinking about food?
Your body is literally starving. It is afaid that you are going to restrict again so it is trying to get in as much energy and nutrition that it possibly can. I went through this phase too. My advice is to just listen to your body and give it what it craves at the moment. Your body is very smart and it knows what it needs to get better and repair itself. Chances are, your body wants the nutrients out of the food that it is craving. Almost everyone recovering from anorexia goes through this phase. Just keep being strong! :)
Also, are you eating consitently through the day (ie 3 meals, 3 snacks)? If you aren't that can also lead to more cravings, especially at night. Try to eat consistently through out the day and don't starve all day and then just eat everything in site at night. That might help too! :)
Basically, you asked what you should do if your mind craves food even when you're physically full? Well, what everyone is trying to say is that you should JUST EAT THE FOOD YOU'RE CRAVING.
You're trying to gain weight aren't you? So what's the problem, even if you're full - you're craving it, you must want it, so just eat it and then you won't crave it anymore. It's not going to do you any harm.
One thing you should know about weight gain is that you are going to feel physically full all the time...not just full, stuffed. It would be worrying if you weren't feeling that way, so just eat what you've been craving even if you're not hungry.
You're definitely not alone in this, a lot of people go through it. Even people who don't have eating disorders, if you're interested you can google the "Minnesota Starvation Study".
In my experience the only way this goes away is with time, patience, and weight restoration. I was in exactly the same boat as you, and after eating to my heart's content for a few months, I just didn't crave/think about food as much. It just went away on its own.
I don't know if it really helps, but just try to relax. Re-nourish your body, and don't freak out so much about the preciseness of the rate of weight-gain. :)
I think, if you're not craving anything in particular, you should take it as an opportunity to eat something that you really love, haha. Just have whatever you like! Usually if you feel like you want to eat something, but your not craving any specific food, then it might be your bodies way of telling you you simply need to eat more in general.
Remember that in recovery from anorexia your body will try to get you to eat as much as it can in order to take in plenty of nutrition after you've been starving your body. I think that is what's happening to you now - don't ignore it, you might not crave anything specific, but just eat something else that you enjoy to get in a few extra calories :)
This may sound a bit funny but are you drinking enough water?
I ask because when I've just eaten a meal and I'm still thinking about food...even though I've just eaten... I have a glass of water and then wait 20 minutes. If I'm still thinking about food then I eat otherwise I figure I was just dehydrated.
Sometimes the body uses the food trigger as a water trigger... if that makes any sense.
It doesn't matter what type of hunger it is, physical or psychological. You need to feed both on the way to health. As long as you're still that much underweight, you can't eat too much. So just have what you're craving, just as everyone told you.
This constant thinking about food, what's the next meal, ohmygood I need to read some food blogs online to get recipe inspiration, ohmygood I need to obsessively do something food-related, how many hours do I have to wait until I can finally eat again - I've been there on recovery. You need to eat. To gain more. It WILL get better, trust me. At some point I had trouble studying because food was the only thing on my mind. It's your body's desperate hunt for nourishment. I had this really badly about 7 pounds "ago". Now I'm about the same BMI as you (but everyone recovers at a different weight) and it got significantly better; I only have these thoughts once a month or so instead of every.effing.hour.
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