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kbryson: no need to worry about food and what is served! the most fun comes from the surprise!:) you are doing very well! keep on going!:D
we had Easter dinner today at our house with friends over:) okay today's eats!
-large mug of milk
-3 big slices of date sugar cake (mom made:))
i had a dentist appointment today, and because of that, i couldn't eat anything for a little period since my teeth hurts so much:( i was so jealous of my parent's cinnamon bun and cake:( oh wells, i'll get it next time;)
-4 large chunks of taro
-plate of shrimp dipped in sauce
-plate of stir-fried veg
-glass of apple juice
-1 ex large banana
-1 med sweet potatoe
-handfull of toasted almonds
-4 dinner plates full of:
-duck (with skin and fat- 6 large slices..or more:)
- pork ribs (about 3-4)
-fried eggs and ground pork
-3 glasses of apple juice
-bowl of duck soup with seaweed, mushrooms, tofu, and egg
-2 Chinese bakery buns
-6 chocolate covered eurpean cookies
-3 large chocolate chip cookies
-2 large slice of cheesecake
-and through out the day, many handfulls of toasted almonds, cashews and dried fruits
B: cliff bar and ensure, calcium chew
L: extra large soft pretzel at baseball game, chicken sandwich, some potato chips
S: turkey slices and a glass of ice tea, two servings of almonds
S: I made a cake so I ate leftover icing (3-4 servings?)
Dinner: hot dog and 3oz of pretzels
S: two glasses of milk with one scoop protein powder and one scoop chocolate powder. One banana
S: a turkey wrap with a glass of juice
Could anyone suggest to me any options still keeping my calories quite high but so that it feels like i am not eating so much? I know i am not eating LOADS but it really feels like it. Thankyou :)
Breakfast: A bowl of rice krispies with whole milk.
Lunch: A deli mission wrap with quarter a tub of hommous and lettuce inside. Baby carrots, a kiwi yogurt, yogurt covered raisins and a banana.
Snack: A tracker bar and an apple.
Snack: A hot cross bun spread with flora.
Dinner: Leftover pepper gratin sprinkled with lots of parmesan.
Dessert: A rice pudding pot, a pear and a bunch of grapes.
Snack: Options hot chocolate with ss milk and two Hovis digestives.
B-ancient grains toast with 2tb pb and a banana sliced on top, 2scrambled eggs, handful raspberries, 1glass OJ
S-cheddar cheese ~30g
L- big bowl home made vegetable and bean stew(with gr.beans, snap peas,pepeprs,carrots,cauliflower,kale,lima beans), ancient grains bread sandwich with a chicken breast, home made chocolate chunk brownie
S-an apple, can of spicy thai tuna
S-chocolate ensure with scoop choc. weight gainer
D-~4 large beef ribs with bbq sauce, a medium yellow potato, side of broccoli and tomatoes,D- 100g raspberry pomegranate greek yogurt
S-serving of riceworks sweet chili chips, an orange, 2reeses pb eggs
KellyAnneN: your meal plans are looking so much better! Congratulations and keep it up with the yummy food.
florence96: Maybe if you choose higher calorie items? Like have chocolate biscuits for evening snack instead of digestives, full fat milk in your hot chocolate, granola or muesli for breakfast instead of rice krispies or shreddies. That way you could get more calories in but feel like you're eating the same amount. Another idea is adding in a supplement like fortisip which is very calorie dense but small volume. Your meal plans are still looking very yummy, good to see someone else taking advantage of hot cross bun season!:-)
lola: your food makes me jealous! Good on you for fully embracing recovery, food, and normal life :-) And yes I love prunes.
B: 2 weetbix with 150ml full fat milk and 1/2 cup of peaches, a toasted english muffin with apricot jam
MT: 2 small chocolate eggs and a piece of turkish delight
L: 2 baked eggs with tomato, mozzarella and basil sauce with 2 large pieces of toasted ciabatta brushed with oil, a large glass of orange juice
AT: a large smoothie (150g yoghurt, 2 scoops of ice-cream, 250ml milk and 1/2 cup blueberries), a hot cross bun with butter, 5 prunes and an apple
D: A large plate of chicken stew with rice, carrots, and green beans, with a fizzy drink and jelly and ice-cream and 1/2 cup tinned apricots for dessert.
S: a strawberry fortisip, 2 pieces of turkish delight and a toffee pop biscuit.
B-ex large bagel with cream cheese, ex large marinated egg, mug of milk, 5 dried prunes
L-3 plates of sticky rice, 2 bowls of duck soup, 2 roasted pork ribs, 1 duck leg
S- large pear, 2 entire bags of battered fried sweet peanuts, 1 toffee chocolate covered ice cream bar, 3 handfulls of almonds, 4 chocolate covered cookies, 1 entire honey sponge cake, 6 dried prunes
D- 2 crispy homemade buns, 1 bowl of rice porrige, some more duck meat, plate of mushroom salad
S- yougurt with loads of almonds and 4dried prunes, hanfull more of almonds, ex large apple
hey guys :) just wanted to stop in and post my massive list of food from today :) i didnt count cause it was easter, i ate a ton, and im fine.. :)
breakfast: 3 of the big cadbury cream eggs :x (160cal each), 1 cadbury chocolate creme egg, 4 mini cookies and cream eggs
lunch/snacking: 5 more medium sized chocolate eggs filled with fudge, pb, and caramel, tons (about 3-4 servings each) of tortilla chips/potato chips with artichoke dip and salsa, veggies and ranch, some cheese and crackers
dinner: 2 very thick slices of pork tenderloin, 1 cup of cheesy potatoes with potato chips crunched on top, 1 cup of broccoli cheese casserole, 1 cup of spaghetti with 4 turkey meatballs, a piece of a wheat baguette
dessert: 2 slices of costco all american chocolate cake (<3) each with 1 cup of vanilla bean ice cream (2 c total), few bites of cinnamon type pie
snack: another little pc of cake, 2 skinny cow caramel cone ice cream cups, an iced oatmeal raisin luna bar, another 2 chocolate eggs
bf- 1/2 a grapefruit, ~50g muesli with a handful of nuts added, topped with 125g pot of whole yoghurt and a banana. Tea.
snack- a cappuccino and a croissant in a cafe (challenging!! but so good :))
lunch- 150g gnocchi with tomato, courgette and quark sauce (kinda experimenting with stuff I can get here in Germany), salad with 1/4 avocado, cucumber and 1tsp olive oil dressing. an apple.
snack- ~25g trail mix
dinner- tofu and veg stir fry with brown/wild rice (50g dry weight). A glass of red wine.
snack- baked apple muesli with pot of natural yoghurt, 100ml chocolate milk.
does this look ok?? I am not counting calories so I'm kinda guessing.
Silverykiwi: Thank you for your ideas i will be trying them out soon :) The only thing is for breakfast i feel "safer" having those cereals rather than granola or museli. It's a habit that i deffinatly have to try and break though even if i have something different just once a week then i guess that would be better. I have never tried fortisip meal supplements before but my dietician gave me ones that you had to prescribe and i had them a few times but they where horrible they made me feel so full and i was still the same fullness when i had my next meal. And yes, i used to love hot cross buns but haven't had them in agess so thought i would try one and i loved it so much that i had anotherone the next day haha and nothing bad happened! Anyway, this is getting to be a really long post now i hope i haven't bored you haha.
broccoliqueen: Your meal plan looks delicious! It looks so balanced as well, healthy but with some treats in it. Deffinatly keep it up! :D Can i ask you what you are gaining weight for? You don't have to tell me if i am being nosy! :)
Hello florence96 :) thanks I'm glad you think my plan is ok... I am gaining weight because I'm recovering from anorexia (which kinda turned into orthorexia). I've been struggling for 8 years now so I am really desperate to finally do this. my weight has been okish/ underweight but stable for a long time and I'm nowhere near my lowest, but I still need to get over the last hurdle and I'm really hoping it will mean the difference between coping with my ED and leaving it behind :) scary though.
Yesterday: b: sausage wrap, camberry egg, chocolate eggs, calcium chew
L: chocolate protein shake, organic tortilla chips with cheesy dip and marinara sauce.
D; HUGE portion of lasagna (2x) three pieces of garlic bread, 1 cup of this marinara/tomato-ish sauce
S: HUGE piece o cake
S: camberry creme eggs, chocolate eggs, jelly beans, an orange.
(calories were hard to count because I didn't exactly measure lasagna, chips, or candy but I know I met my goal!)
broccoliqueen: I am glad that you have decided you want to recover and it looks like you have gotton so far already. And it is very scary but we just have to keep thinking that a life without ED is better thatn a life with ED. Keep going, you are doing so well :)
Was very hungry all day today, it made me very anxious but i am also very proud of myself at how far i have come.
Breakfast: A bowl of shreddies with whole milk and a banana.
Snack: An apple and go ahead crispy slices- raspberry.
Lunch: A mission deli wrap filled with quarter a tub of hommous and lettuce. Baby carrots, a mango yogurt, a box of raisins and an options hot chocolate.
Snack: A cup of tea and four oatcakes each spread with grilled pepper phillidelphia.
Dinner: A homemade mushroom and chickpea burger, carrots, cauliflower, stuffing and cabbage.
Dessert: Rice pudding with three-four tsp blackcurrent jam mixed in. (This was such a good combo!)
florence--how great that you're doing well eating! I was wondering (because I am trying to change it too!): would you like to do a "challenge" with me and eat different foods for lunch and/or breakfast? I'm stuck in a rut with those 2 meals (variety is the spice of life!), so help would be great!
I'm upping my calories and (here it is--a great confession!) not exercising besides some yoga (I was doing about 1- 1 1/2 hours of exercise). I know it wasn't in my best interest to continue the cardio/weight training, so I'm planning on just doing some easy yoga (I am a teacher of it!) and focusing on using it to BREATHE, relax and get in touch with my body again. :)
Pre-Breakfast: Soy protein shake
Breakfast: cereal, nuts on top, ground flax seed, 1/2 banana, soymilk
Snack: clif bar
Lunch: Roasted veggie sandwich with hummus and pita bread, 2 small chocolate nut cookies, juice
Snack: Paul Newman O's dipped in peanut butter (2), slice of bread with peanut butter and dates, handfuls of taro chips, juice
Snack: more handfuls of taro chips, Paul Newman O's dipped in Peanut butter (these are my new favorite!), handful of trail mix, handful of sea salt/garlic almonds, juice
Dinner (I made this myself!): Bell pepper stuffed with quinoa, beans, eggplant and Kale in a curry sauce with extra quinoa mix on the side, spinach salad with dressing, veggie juice, bowl of vanilla soyyogurt with piece of chocolate
Snack: bowl of homemade soy ice cream (coconut millk, vegan chocolate, nuts), applesauce with cereal, Paul Newman O's with peanut butter (2 more!), hand ful of chips
mommyhawaii: GREAT work on upping the cals and choosing not to exercise. you are absolutely correct, it is in your best interest..i have to continually tell myself that. you'd be proud of me for the black beans brownies I made.lol.
florence96: i also get very anxious when i'm hungry, I think because i'm afraid if i don't eat that I'll be back tracking in my recovery process. I know it sounds weird but I get all worked up about losing what i've got to..even if it isn't too far yet..
kellyanne: i LOVE lasagna! and cadbury creme eggs! bought lots of easter lindt eggs,reeses pb eggs and creme eggs today cuz they were all on sale!
broccoliqueen: I say if you have to question it just eat more to be safe, plus it feels good to munch on an chocolate bar when we are the minority who actually need it.
annattack: your dinner sounds soo goo...all you need is cheese to make anything taste good. the easter breakfast just reminds me of all the days when i was little and we would eat so much of our basket treats that morning
B-maple and brown sugar oatmeal with 2tb pb, raspberries, 1c OJ, a large orange
S-~30g cheddar cheese, large banana
L-roast beef sandwich(~1c chopped) on ancient grains bread with honey mustard, large salad with steamed kale, lima beans, cauliflower, cucumber, gr.onions, gr.peppers,mushrooms and 2tb olive oil, a home made chocolate chunk brownie, ~10 carrots
S-granny smith apple, chocolate ensure with 1.5scoop choc. protein
D- 2 large vegetarian tuscan 'chicken' breasts with 2packs tomato and basil sauce, 1/2package mediterranean risotto, 1/2a red pepper, ~1.5c side of broccoli and gr.beans
S-another brownie, bowl of sweet chili chips
B: sausage breakfast wrap, glass of juice, calcium chew
S: 1.5 cups of tropical trail mix
L: Gilles chicken sandwich on hamburger bun
S: ensure and banana
D: fish tacos!! Tilapia seasoned, buttered, and dresse in olive oil of high Fiber tortillas. A side salad. Corn on the cob with butter.
S: garlic bread and a glass of juice.
S: big bowl oatmeal with cinnamon and sugar, oranges. Let's of chocolate!!! 5 camberry creme eggs, etc.
annaattack: I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! you have done AWESOME! and don't just not count because its EAster! just stop counting all together! may be hard, but very worth it! of course, it is good to count ONLY to make sure that you are eating enough, otherwise, i suggest to just stop counting and listen to your body!
broccoliqueen: hey:) congrats on deciding to recover! your diet looks pretty good for a start! just slowly work your way up!:D best of luck!
Kelly: your eats looks awesome!:) how are you doing?
florence: i'm very proud of what you have done too:) keep up the good work!
nyankawaiicat: your eats looks okay:) perhaps considering adding alittle more?
mommyhawaii: yes i agree with the yoga!:D its very relaxing and it stretches your body and does build strength as well!:) your eats looks great by the way
kbryson: hey:) luving your eats! especially the brownies;)
Thank you for all your messages, I really appreciate the support so much especially as I’m on my own in Germany for 2 months without my normal support network …
Bf- ½ grapefruit, muesli with a handful extra nuts, topped with 125g whole yoghurt and a banana. Tea (of course :))
Snack- ~25g trail mix
Lunch- other ½ pack gnocchi (150g) with 30g goats cheese, broccoli, lemon and mushrooms cooked in 1tbsp olive oil.
Snack- a crusty multiseed roll
Dinner- lentil and vegetable curry with brown+wild rice, side salad with ¼ avocado and cucumber and 1tsp olive oil dressing.
Snack- ½ a 35g bar of extra dark Lindor chocolate, an apple, a glass of milk
mommyhawaii: Yea i think that would be a really good idea as breakfast is proberbly the meal that i struggle with the most. And yea i think it would be good to try different meals instead of having the same thing over and over.
kbryson: Yea that does make sense to me actually. I find it hard to try new things as well because i know exactly how each thing feels me up and i hate feeling too full/ hungry as i am most likely to restrict or skip the next meal. And i think you are doing really well! your meals look really nice.
Breakfast: A bowl of rice krispies with whole milk and a banana.
Snack: An apple and a go ahead apple fruit bake.
Lunch: A missin deli wrap with quarter a tub of hommous and lettuce inside. Baby carrots, a strawberry yogurt and yogurt covered raisins.
Snack: One piece of wholemeal bread with a laughing cow cheese triangle and a bunch of grapes.
Dinner (will be): Caulliflower and chickpea curry. (first thing with unknown calories i have had in a very long time. Nervous!) And two chapatis
Dessert: Rhubarb crumble. (another unknown calorie.) A pear.
Snack: A mug of ovaltine and two Hovis digestives.