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Had a really nice day of food today! We got a new cereal that I just LOVE so I had 100g (!!) of it for breakfast this morning, the bowl was huge haha. Went out to Starbucks for lunch, challenged myself to a caramel frapp, I used to love them :) Still trying to get used to drinking my cals with milky drinks and juice, but it sure makes meeting my target waaayy easier - I mean without my liquid cals I'd be at least 460 cals short. I know it's really hard to have liquid cals at first if you're not used to it but if any of you find eating a lot a struggle I really recommend you give it a go! xx
- 100g Triple Chocolate Crisp cereal (460)
- 400ml almond milk (95)
- Falafel Meze Bistro Box (495)
- Tall Caramel Frappuccino with skim milk (240)
- Nakd Cocoa Orange bar (135)
- Slice of walnut bread (170) with 1tbsp peanut butter (90)
- Apple (70)
- Vegetable moussaka (570)
- Spinach mornay (140)
- 250ml pomegranate juice (120)
- 2x slices Ginger & Lemon cake (335)
- 200ml semi-skim milk (100)
@michaelhill: I've been able to let myself have about 3000 for the first time the last two days. I "simply" (I know it's easier said than done) ate whatever I craved and then some more. Try to tell yourself that you're free (which you are!) to eat whatever you want - no need to balance micronutrients whatsoever and - this helped me! - that you could still go back to your old way of eating if you didn't enjoy it. But you will like it, believe me! And tell yourself that one/two day(s) don't matter in the big picture - you might be able to shut ED down that way.
I hope my little mind tricks help you, too. I won't lie and say I was totally comfortable with eating that "much" (though I know my dad easily eats more than that on normal days). It's worth it, though and as I said: We both know we (sadly) are able to restrict ourselves again. I know I don't want to anymore, though.
@heartlines: Your day sounds delicious! Did you prepare the moussaka yourself? I've been wanting to try a vegetarian version for ages now ... Also, I'm proud of you challenging yourself to liquid calories. I wish I liked coffee because Starbucks' offerings sound tasty and creative. I can't get used to it, though, not even a Gingerbread latte last winter helped me like it :).
@Nyankawaiicat: I have to agree with Heartlines, you've come a long way and I'm so proud of you. You're eats are looking great now! Keep it up, you can do it!
@Heartlines: I'm so glad you were able to challenge yourself and have the liquid calories and I agree that it makes getting more calories in a lot easier without so much fullness. And I'm proud you challenged yourself to a caramel frapp, I'm sure it was delicious because that sounds so yummy right about now.
@Sunshineandsparkles: That's great news, congratulations! I'm so glad you were able to eat whatever you craved, I really want to be able to do that. I need to keep telling myself that there's no need to balance macro nutrients because I have such a hard time not to focus on doing that and that usual ends up with me not allowing myself to have what I crave. People always say you're body will tell you what it needs and some days it'll want more of a certain macro nutrient and some days it'll want less, so it balances out. When I think back to when I didn't have this problem (it seems so long ago) I realize my body naturally did that even when it came to eating foods I now avoid but still love. When I think about it, I realize that my body needed what that snack provided me even though I wasn't giving it all this thought when I was eating it. The body takes what it needs from what you give it, so no matter what I eat it will absorb the things it really needs from those sources, right? Sorry about my rambling. I'm really going to try it tonight with having the things I'm actually craving as snacks instead of what's going to balance my macro nutrients because those are the things I really want and not the things I feel my body should have. Thank you for the great advice, I really think those tips (especially about the macro nutrients and also about being able to go back to restricting if this really sucks as much as I feel it will, even though in reality it most likely won't) are really going to help me. Sorry this whole thing is so wordy, but I just wanted to let you know the tips you gave me I really feel help me personally a lot with the way my mind is.
Everyone: Thank you so much for all the encouragement!
Michaelhill24: Thank you so much! :)) I'm alot braver than before, and after a while, the higher intake has become much easier and enjoyable as the time progresses!
B) Wholemeal roll - 3 slices of ham, 2 scrambled eggs. - 200ml semi-skimmed milk.
L) Sandwich - 1tbsp peanut butter, Mccoys roast chicken crisps, Innocent Smoothie apple juice box.
S) 4 Spotty Scotty Dogs (Shortbread cookies.), Option Belgian choc hot chocolate sachet.
D) Half a tub chicken and bacon layer pasta, half a large summer vegtable quiche, 6 baby tomatos - Innocent Smoothie Apple juice box.
D) 2 white chocolate Reeces cups, Twix Caramel slice, 1 finger Twirl.
@Michaelhill24: Good luck with reaching 3000! I remember how difficult it was for me the first time, it was so so hard and I felt so full and sick afterwards, plus the guilt was overwhelming. But honestly, it gets a lot easier once you get used to it, both physically and mentally. Although I still get lots of negative thoughts, I'm realising it isn't making me gain really quick at all like I feared (my ED tries to convince me I'll gain like 4lb a week eating this, but really I've only been gaining 1-1.75lbs/week with 3000, it's amazing!) As tough as it gets, you've just got to keep going. It can really help to make a meal plan the night before, stick it on the fridge or somewhere where others can see it too, and as you've eaten each item you can tick it off. That way you're being held accountable not only to the plan you've already made, but also others in your house can make sure you're on track.
@Sunshineandsparkles: Thank you! I didn't prepare the moussaka myself since I don't know how to, it was actually a ready meal. But my mum makes a really nice home-made one, it's still a huge fear for me, so I had this as sort of preparation to help me get used to eating it so one day I can challenge myself to eating hers :) If you don't like coffee then you could try a frappuccino, the one I got was creme based so there was no coffee at all, basically just a milkshake, and it was so nice!
@Nyankawaiicat: I totally agree with you that after a while a higher intake becomes easier and enjoyable! Personally I find reaching 2500 not that hard anymore and I really love getting to enjoy the foods I deprived myself of, it's just the final 500 I need daily that's a struggle :p But I never thought I'd actually come to be this brave and enjoy food. Your food sounds yum as usual, I loove white choc Reeses!
Anyway, here's today's intake. We went out for dinner tonight to Strada to celebrate my brother getting a new job, and oh my, it was a HUGE challenge! My parents insisted we had a full 3 course meal, and originally I was planning to get the lowest cal items for each course, but in the end I thought - I have to reach my target cals anyway, so it's pointless to restrict for one meal when I could instead choose to try and enjoy 3 things I truly want, what difference does it make if I have a huge dinner if the rest of my day is balanced out? And I can say, despite how much I panicked before/after, I really enjoyed it. I haven't had pesto or pizza bread in years since they're big fears, but I loved it, and the tiramisu was amazing too!
- All-butter croissant (195) with 1tbsp Nutella (100)
- 3x Weetabix (260) with 250ml almond milk (60) and sweetener
- 5x Nairns dark choc chip oat biscuits (220)
- 250ml hot semi-skim milk (125)
- 2x slices multiseed bread (260)
- 2tbsp peanut butter (190) and 3tbsp raspberry conserve (115)
- 150g pineapple (65)
- 30g baked pitta chips (130)
- 100g full-fat greek yoghurt (135)
- 1/4 Pesto e Pomodoro pizza bread (~200)
- Tagliolini Nero Granchio (~500 - "Black cuttlefish ink pasta with crab, courgette, red and yellow peppers, spring onion, a hint of chilli and parsley")
- Tiramisu (440)
sry can't reply right now but here's todays eats, was very 'spontaneous'. I felt like I couldn't fulfill my hunger all day.
B-2 scrambled eggs, ww toast with ~2tb pb, 1c strawberries/raspberries, 1.5c OJ
S-1/2avocado, large banana
L-can of spicy thai tuna, a few pieces of cheddar cheese, sandwich bag of raw veggies(carrots,peppers,broccoli,grape toamtoes), 1/4c pecans, apple
S-chocolate boost with chocolate protein added, 20 sweet chili triscuit crackers
D-hamburger with bbq sauce, medium sweet potato, side of roasted beets and red peppers with an olive oil vinagrette, large side of steamed kale with olive oil
S-chocolate brownie with walnuts and dark chocolate,bowl of cheddar sunchips
B) 2 pieces of toast - 2 tbsp peanut butter. - 200ml Semi-skimmed milk.
L) Cheese and onion pastry, Twix, apple. - Innocent Smoothie Juice box.
S) 4 Spotty Scotty Dogs, Option belgian choc hot chocolate sachet.
D) Baked breaded fish, Quarter garlic tear and share, 30g seasweed peanut crackers, 250g parsnips - 250ml apple juice.
D) Half a sachet strawberry whip, 28 Milkybar buttons + Tube of Smarties.
@Michaelhill24: I stay motivated toward recovery by continuously reminding myself of what the end goal is: a life free of my eating disorder. A life where I can eat what I like when I want to, where I can go out with friends and socialise, where I can be physically well enough to go to college and move away in a couple years, where I can enjoy all the things a normal teenager would take for granted. It's hell having to gain weight and I definitely don't like the idea of it, but I try to see it as gaining life. I want to recover and have a normal life, but to do that, I have to learn to eat and follow a meal plan and treatment. For ages I just stuck with my disorder because I thought it might make things better, but after a while it was obvious it was only making things worse - I had nothing to lose, so why not give recovery a go? At first I was so ambivalent and reluctant, but just went along. As time goes on, you begin to see that by challenging yourself and forcing yourself to change, life can actually be different. You gradually begin to see that little by little, a real life is worth so much more than an ED. You can never weigh little enough, you can never be skinny enough to please your disorder, ever. And in the real world, no one values that either - I thought people were jealous of me for being skinny and having 'will power' but really they just pitied me. I don't know, I think realising that my ED was only making me worse is what drove me to want to recover, but the thing that maintains my recovery is knowing that no matter how tough each bite or each challenge is, it all goes toward the bigger picture of being able to one day live and think normally. Every little positive step forward can help to change something, and like they say practice makes perfect - so the more you do recovery actions, the easier and more beneficial they become x
- 30g Froot Loops with 150ml almond milk (155)
- 2x slices pumpkin bread (165)
- 2x poached eggs (205)
- Vanilla chai latte (90)
- Activia Honey & Granola breakfast pot (190)
- Apple (70)
- 2x Food Doctor multiseed pitta (315)
- 50g Pesto Houmous (160)
- 125g mixed veg - carrot, broccoli, babycorn, sugarsnaps (45)
- 2x Nairns dark choc chip oat biscuits (90)
- Galaxy Cookie Crumble bar (245)
- Slice of multiseed bread with 16g portion Boursin (195)
- Smoked Mackerel fillet with lemon & herb marinade (265)
- 250g New potatoes sauteed in 1tbsp olive oil (305)
- Roasted courgette, tomatoes, peppers and red onion (120)
- Iced Strawberry Jam & Fresh Cream pastry slice (295)
- 12 almonds (85)
heartlines said it. it's all about looking at the outcome and an ED free life. great eats by the way heartline
B-maple and brown sugar oatmeal with 2tb pb, large banana, scrambled eggs
S-an orange, chocolate boost shake with scoop chocolate protein added
L-3bbq chicken drumsticks, large salad of cooked kale, broccoli, zucchini, green peppers, onions,sprouts, 1/2 an avocado and ~tb honey/olive oil/mustard dressing, 6grape tomatoes, 17triscuit sweet chili crackers
S-3/4c blueberries, ~1/2c spicy hummus dip and carrots
D-bbq sirloin steak, sweet potato, grilled red peppers and beets with italian dressing
S-chocolate brownie, an apple
Today hasn't been that great, I got weighed first thing this morning and felt horrible after and really didn't want to eat today :( But I know not eating isn't an option and it doesn't achieve anything, it only makes things worse, so I had to push on and let my parents know I needed support. My mum helped me decide on things to have today since otherwise I would've restricted, we ended up deciding on really calorie dense food and some safer things (except dinner which was hard) so that way I could still meet my target without it being too overwhelming, I mean I had a lot of calories today but physically it wasn't that much at all so I didn't feel as guilty. Hopefully this could help give some ideas for any of you who need calorie dense suggestions? Since this sort of meal plan really helps on days when I'm struggling, and ignoring the guilt, it still tastes really nice (and doesn't involve any disgusting fortisips or ensures!) x
- 50g porridge oats (180) with 200ml semi-skim milk (100), 2tbsp peanut butter (180) and 50g raisins (150)
- 250ml orange juice (120)
- Bagel (225) with 50g cream cheese (120) and 100g smoked salmon (180)
- Shortbread finger (110)
- 250ml chocolate milk (200)
- 50g honey roasted cashews (295)
- 1/2 Tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza (570)
- 2x garlic bread slices (240)
- 250ml pomegranate juice (110)
- Finest raspberry yoghurt (230)
B-maple and brown sugar oatmeal muffin with 2tb pb, 8cherries, 1c OJ, ~3/4c greek yogurt
S-orange, carrot sticks
L-2x whole grain bread with lots of chicken and honey mustard, 2.5c mixed salad with kale, peppers,lima beans, 1/2avocado, sprouts, tb olive oil and grape tomatoes
S-banana and cheddar cheese
S-chocolate boost shake with chocolate protein added
D-sirloin steak with bbq sauce, sweet potato, snap peas, roasted peppers in vinagrette dressing, chocolate brownie
S-20 triscuit sweet chili crackers
Hey everyone :) I am a 14 year old girl and here is my new 3000+kcal diet to start my recovery from anorexia. Thanks to knowledge I have gained (especially from this website), I can finally let myself eat enough for my body to repair its self. However, my mind is totally occupied on food so I guess that's the next step /:
650 Breakfast: 270 4 Wheetabix, 180 semi-skimmed milk, 100 low fat yogurt, 50 strawberries
280 Snack: 60 carrot sticks, 150 humous, 70 peas
990 Lunch: omelette (180 2 eggs, 250 grated chedder, 10 mushrooms), 100 baked beans, 450 3 slices seeded bread
220 Snack: 120 fat free greek yogurt, 100 (lots of) grapes
550 Dinner: 200 boiled potatoes, 250 grilled salmon, 100 (lots of) broccoli
530 Snack: 200 almonds, 180 2 cups semi-skimmed milk, 150 slice seeded bread
Total =3220 woooo!
B) 90g White Belgian chocolate and raspberry crunch granola. (125ml Semi-Skimmed milk.) 1 piece of wholemeal toast. - 1tbsp apricot jam.
L) Wholemeal roll. - 1tbsp crunchy peanut butter, apple, Nature Valley Canadian maple syrup bar. - Innocent Smoothie orange juice box.
S) 4 finger dark chocolate Kit-Kat.
D) 270g Mccains oven chips, 4 Turkey drummers, Half a tin of backed beans. - 2tbsp ketchup. - Innocent Smoothie apple jucie box.
D) Half tub Ben and Jerrys Fudge Brownie.
Nyankawaiicat your food always sounds so nice! Where do you get your granola from? And I'd love to be able to eat half a tub of B&J, today I only had 3 scoops of Karamel Sutra (never tried it before) and omg it's soo nice, you should definitely try it!
Chocolatebeetle, welcome to the thread! I'm pretty new here myself and I'm in a similar position, I'm dedicated to eating 3000+ so I can repair my body but like you I'm often preoccupied with food and eating, although it has gotten a lot better from what it was before. Good luck with your recovery and I'm here to help and support in any way :)
- 2x large pancakes (320) with 2tbsp Nutella (200)
- 200g strawberries (55)
- 2x Nairns fruit & spice oat biscuits (85)
- 200ml semi-skim milk (100)
- Slice of fruit loaf (100) with 1tbsp peanut butter (90)
- Panini roll (235) with 90g mozzarella (180), 2x tomatoes (35) and 1tbsp black olives (20)
- 50g banana chips (260)
- Activia creamy caramel yoghurt (130) with 25g triple choc granola (115)
- Apple (70)
- Thai prawn fishcake (305)
- Sweet chilli & lime rice (370)
- Salad (30)
- 3x scoops Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra (330)
II am not much of a calorie counter and if I start counting calories I freak out but this is what i ate today.
I would love it if anyone gave me input on whether it is enough to gain. I think it is :) currently on a 3k diet
b) 1 packet oatmeal with milk & milk tea
l) bean and cheese burrito from taco bell
s) tortilla, chickpea curry
s) 1 and 3/4 ensures
d) 2 pieces bread, 2 tbs peanut butter 1 bananna
s) 1 slice bread w 1 tbs peanut butter
s) I cup cheerios w milk and raisans
Heartlines: I got my granola from Asda! It said 'Indulgent Treats' on it, so I just HAD to give it a try! XD It's delicious. :) I love B&J! I must try that one, I love the sound of the core ones! :D xoxoxo
may be my last post for a week or so...going to the cottage with the family..will be a good test to see if I still get ED thoughts when not in my own 'controlled' environment.
B-mapel and brown sugar oatmeal muffin with tb flaxseed and 2tb pb, 1c OJ, 3/4c blueberries
L-1/2can salmon, 2.5c mixed bean and veg salad with tb olive oil and 1/2avocado, 20 sweet chili triscuit crackers
S-apple, 12 almonds, chocolate boost with scoop chocolate protein
D-hamburger with bbq sauce, sweet potato, broccoli, roasted peppers in olive oil, 1c breyers double chocolate icecream
S-cheddar cheese, 1/2c raspberries
Thank you for the welcome, Heartlines, and best wishes for your recovery :)
I love eating, but it has become more of a challenge than a pleasure. I'll follow your recommendation and buy some Karamel Sutra, and attempt to enjoy food again!