- Do not post here if you are not reaching 2500+ calories. We strongly recommend 3000+ to gain.
- REMEMBER TO EITHER POST THE CALORIE TALLIES OR THE PORTION SIZES!
- Also remember I do not support you using alcohol as a calorie substitute. So if you reach 2500+ with alcohol in your diet, eat a little more to make up for it.
- If you are struggling to reach the necessary amount (and everyone has at some point) then please post a separate thread w/ questions.
- Do not post links to your personal blog.
This thread is for those of you looking to actively gain weight for whatever reason.
Requirements- If you are a male you need to eat at least 3000 calories, females must eat 2500-this is so that your body can begin to now only gain weight, but also for your internal organs to begin to recover, this takes fuel/calories.
It is NOT suggested that you excercise while underweight. Excercsie is often an addicition seen with those with eating disorders. Try to stop cold turkey, IF you excercise, 2500/3000 is NOT enough. You are only harming yourself+prolonging the illness by excercising.
If you are struggling to reach the necessary amount, and we all did, then please post a seperate thread w/ questions. It is harmful for ppl to see posts that are under the food reuirement amount. There are suggestions on this forum ontop regarding higher calorie+denser foods that should be incorporated to aid in reaching calorie goals.
Reason: Locked b/c new thread: http://caloriecount.about.com/weight-gainers-eat-today-june-st-ft175350
Yay!!! Im the first!! Ive never been the first! (hopefully noone will beat me to it as Im writing -*typing gets faster and faster!*
Breakfast: 45g oats, 2tbsp nutbutter, linseed/pumpkin seeds/pisatichios/pinenuts, honey, dates, oj
Lunch: 1 cup cooked quinoa with mint and cucumber, seaweed sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, seeds and dressing
Snack: Slice of coffee cake and tea with 2tbsp honey
Dinner: Indian restaraunt, Poppadoms with dip, im going to get a lemongrass fish curry, mmmmm
Snack: "Poker" snacks. dorritos and dip and carrot sticks with hummus
Life is gooood!!!!!!
Eats from yesterday:
B: Ready brek and all bran with milk, an orange
S: Fortisip, Eat Natural bar
L: Salad including, cous cous, rice, kidney beans, tuna, an egg, salad veg, a brown bread roll
S: Snack a jacks
D: Veg and lentil casserole, slice of bread. Fruit salad. Twix
S: Foritsip, bowl of curiously cinnamon cereal with milk
Re-posted from the old forum. I'm posting today's later!
Fiona - The peanut butter dip is exactly what it sounds like - just Greek yogurt and peanut butter mixed together! If you like it sweet you can add honey too, or switch it up with a different nut butter.
Breakfast: Pancakes (whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, vanilla whey protein powder, baking powder, vanilla, almond milk, eggs) with chocolate whipped cottage cheese for making little filled "crepes" (blende d cottage cheese, peanut butter, and cocoa powder with a bit of stevia) plus a smoothie with a ton of baby spinach, a banana, and strawberries.
Snack: Chobani yogurt blended with ripe mashed banana, peanut butter, and a scoop of Vega supplement. I have to start making sure that I only use that stuff a couple times a week!
Lunch: Overstuffed wrap (La Tortilla Factory whole wheat wrap, shredded chicken mixed with roasted red pepper hummus, artisian swiss cheese, spinach, chopped red peppers, and red onion), green beans, peas, black beans, and half an orange bell pepper.
Snack: Chocolate protein cake (usual recipe), a big pink lady apple, and peanut butter yogurt dip.
Dinner: My favorite Asian chicken salad (lettuce, red onion, chicken, red peppers, green onion, peanuts, shredded carrots, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, cayenne pepper), a slice of toasted flaxseed bread, cottage cheese, green beans, peas, and kidney beans.
Dessert: Banana protein ice cream.
I bought some 2% Chobani today because they didn't sell the 0% at Super Target. I had never seen the 2% before so I was pretty excited! Has anyone tried it before? Is it any different from the nonfat stuff? My stomach doesn't do full-fat dairy well, but I think I can handle this stuff. And hey, 40% more calories for the same ounce amount - I'll take it! Plus, fatty dairy supposedly has CLA's (healthy fats) right? :)
B- Bran flakes (first time tried, not as bad as i thought they were going to be), full fat milk, box of raisins, banana, nutella out of the jar :D and two glasses of orange juice
S- Vanilla milkshake topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce (the shake was so thick it stayed like an ice cream block in my cup!)
L- Tuna Mayonnaise Mixed Seeded Sub Roll from greggs (Not nearly enough filling. checked online for the Nutritional information and it only came to 463 calories! Added some salad cream to it to make it less dry. Will defo not be purchasing again. Let down greegs) Jordans oats and honey cereal bar with 2 tps of nutella, Orange juice
S- Apple, Orange juice
D-2 slices of thick granary bread both smothered in butter, 4 slices of cucumber, lettuce, one thick slice of tomato, god knows how much salad cream, one slice of ham, grated chedar cheese, one chicken kabab with green peppers, two mini sausage rolls, sprite
S- Three scoops of vanilla ice cream and two crumbled cadbury chocolate chip biscuits (and will probs will have more sprite later)
I swear this morning i opened a newly brought carton of orange juice and now it seems to be empty. Bloody hell i've drank a whole litre of orange juice no wonder my mum complains that the food shopping bills are too high, hah i think she's just glad that i'm getting better but hey it comes with a price! Feeling majorly bloated now but hey i hope it gets better once i get used to all of this food i'm consuming.
Happy gaining folks,
(Re-posted from old form)
I was wondering about my meal plan. Is it too Carb-y? Is it possible to go too overboard with the carbs? If so how can I keep from going overboard, because it seems like almost all higher calorie snack foods are carbs. Sorry if me talking about this is triggering to you!!!!!! Anyways, heres today's eats:
Breakfast: half a bowl of honey bunches of oats, 2 slices of toast w/ grape jelly, 2 eggs scrambled in butter, orange
Snack: 1 oz bag of Lays
snack: Mini bag of popcorn
Lunch: Chicken sandwich, Gatorade, baked chips, cliff bar, pear fruit cup
Dinner: Serving of spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli, orange
Snack (spaced out over a few hours): WHOLE bag of soy crisps, 1 oz bag of chips, Ice cream sandwich, full fat yogurt, bag of baked chips, peach
And i realize that the after dinner snack is disproportionately big, but thats just kinda how it worked out today. My doctor says that I'm allowed to do extra exercise if I want, but if I do 30-1 hour of exercise that I have to add some food. So I didnt know that I was going to do an hour until the end of the day, plus since I was out and about all afternoon, i missed my afternoon snack, so that is why I had so much to make up for.
I'm back from France, and having eaten TONS whilst I was there - just because the food was calorific and tasted good - I've decided I am capable of eating more than 2500, which I think I was sticking to too rigidly before. Tried it today and it felt good, as I've been getting quite hungry lately and 2500 hasn't always been enough to satisfy that. So, today's eating:
Breakfast: toasted teacake (160) with philadephia (70) and tropical juice (100)
Snack: 3 chewy sweets (90) and 2 liquorice allsorts (60) haha wasn't that nutritious :)
Lunch: seeded wrap with tuna, mayonnaise, olives, rocket, tomato, pepper, mushrooms and gherkins (290), natural yoghurt with banana and honey (160), chocolate chip cake bar (130)
Snack 1: raspberry ripple ice cream cone (240)
Snack 2: 50g cashew nuts (300)
Tea: linguine with prawns, squid, mussels, onions, peas, creme fraiche and parmesan (750), melon (60)
Snack: about 20g peanut butter (120), mini yoghurt-coated dried fruit bar (100)
fiona coffee cake omgasm did u make it yourself? I would never be bothered lol have to buy some of that tomorow!
Plan2276, that definitely isn't too carby at all!! Most of my friends eat loads of carbs and they are obv. not gaining, just eat the foods you like. If you want to, you can always reduce carbs a bit after you're done gaining.
Well today i probably had faaaar too much protein but wootwoot muscles need to expand damn it!
B: Oats cooked in vanilla protein milk, cinnamon, a chopped pair and 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds nomnom
S: Vanilla protein powder mixed in a summerfruits yogurt and chopped banana
L: egg sandwich - 2 slices of bread, 3 eggs, sliced tomato and butter. Also..a can of tuna mixed with ketchup and pringles dipped in ;D
S: A pear and PB
S: muesli with semi skim
D: Sweet potato rounds dipped in tuna mayo, some pasta with broccoli in it and pasta sauce, glass of grape juice
S: Fage 2% with more vanilla protein powder added, sunflower seeds and strawberry jam
xjennie: Oh really? Its not too carby? Cause I just kinda feel like most of the snacks I'm having are carbs. Although today I found a GREAT snack, that wouldnt be very carby. Its a really good strawberry smoothie. Do you have any other not too carby snacks?
Breakfast: FULL bowl of honey bunches of oats, 2 eggs scrambled in butter, orange
Lunch: Madras Lentils, piece of pumpernickle bread, Cliff bar, orange, Gatorade, baked cheetos
Snack: Strawberry smoothie (Peach yogurt, 1/2 cup strawberry ice cream, 1/2 cup milk, some crushed ice cubes)
Dinner(planned): Steak, roasted potatoes, broccoli, orange
Snack(planned): WHOLE (3.5 oz) bag of soy crisps, 2 1 oz bags of chips, Ice cream sandwich, bag of baked chips, peach
Im feeling like i need to start upping my mp big time...im stuck in a plateau. Any suggestions...fire away. Today's eats...at work..
Breakfast..millet cooked in 1 cup milk, 4 whole walnuts, banana spread with tbsp tahini
Snack-rice protein mixed with 1/2 cup fresh pressed apple and carrot juice. 1 apple
Lunch -wwbap buttered and filled with roast chicken& avocado slices . fresh peas, 10 almonds.
Snack...very busy so just grabbed two big handfuls of goji berries mixed with a few raw cashews.
Dinner-2 eggs scrambled with mozzarella melted on top. Early nugget potatoes roasted with garlic and rosemary. Broccoli and a cob of corn. Pumpkin oat ryevita spread with almond butter (1)
Snack-large oatmeal/fruit cookie
VIC and some others: hi, to preface, been here, done that...it almost looks as if some are eating on a diet or like a nongainer, so much fruit+veggies, not so many grains, lowfat items? how will yu eat in the futire as a NONgainer?
BFAST-ADD a yogurt and 1cup juice, some nut butter w/creal or fruit
Snack-i have no clue what that is but its like all fruit, have a sandwich, granola+yogurt, a bar a CARB!
Lunch-ADD a yogurt or cottage cheese and a SNACK, something fun, cookies, chips, whatever
Snack-again, all the fruit, have ice cream or any of the AM reccs
Dinner-where is the bread with that? youre eating diet crackers?
well the reason why I am eating almost like a nongainer is because I'm just barely gaining still. The doctor says I'm almost there. and the reason why I had no AM snack was because I slept WAAAAAY in today. I just got up for breakfast then went back to bed till lunch. And i dont think the soy crisps are diet crackers?
I always have carbs with my meals - I mean how can you not? You've got to have some form of pasta/potatos/bread/rice or it's not a proper meal is it?
Eats from yesterday:
B: Ready brek and all bran with milk, an orange
S: Tasied teacake with margerine, Fortisip
L: Half a tin of soup, a ham adn tomato sandwich. A slie of toasted cinnamon loaf
S: Handful of almonds
D: Fish pie with mash on top, peas. Fruit salad. Twix
S: Fortisip, coco pops with milk
Sorry for my extended absense: i am so excited, I have gained and can go to france TOMMOROW! Yuppee!
Elefantia: I totally agree about the carbs, i have AT LEAST one serving at a meal, often more....mmmm carbs....
B: 1 bowl muesli w/ 2% milk + bloobs (280). 1 slice toast, poached egg, 1 tin baked beans (330). 1 yucky complan (250)
S: innocent smoothie (150). trail mix (170)
L: king prawn sandwich w/ butter + seafood sauce (350) side salad (30), 3 apricots +2 full butter biscuits (220)
S: myoplex bar + petit fuilous fromage fraise (280)
D: chicken breast (220). Fried potatoes + aubergine (290). green beans (30)
S: gu pot au chocolat (200)
Wish me luck, en France, I really cannot wait!
Yay, I had my 'Hen do' last night and it was fab! 2 wks til my wedding in Cornwall! Had a chinese take away with the girls and mum had had a gorgeous big sponge cake made for me with my pic on it lol.
B: Big bowl of porridge oats with cup fortified milk, 2 T. PB, sliced banana, T. raisins, sprinkling chopped hazelnuts and sugar on top. Glass grape juice
L: 2 veggie sausage toasted ciabatta with 2 T. olive oil, boiled egg, glass grape juice
S: Bakewell flapjack
D: Chinese take away - vegetable chow mein, chips, boiled rice, curry sauce, bread...
S: Toast & jam
If you are not posting calorie estimates it is very hard to see that it meets 2500, ho can you kno youre eating enough?
PlanB-hi! i dont know much about you, u say youre almost at a bmi of 20? Fabulous!! at the same time tho, u r still in a weight gain mode if youre posting here, rt? and yes, soy crisps? why not regular potato chips?
Hi guys! I've been reluctant to post my MP for so long since I know there is so much room for improvement. I tend to stick to fat free dairy, tons of veggies and lower calorie options since this is how I ate before my ED... I'm working on it! I'm very comfortable with what I'm eating and I'm starting to feel a little more "normal" so I'm hesistant to mix things up too much. I figure as long as I'm managing to get to 2500 and gain (woooo!) it's okay for the time. Yay for recovery!
B: 40g oats (144), 140g Fage 0% (73), 75g banana (73), 10g raisins (30) and 5g almonds (30). Total: 350
I can't believe I used to be afraid of "high calorie" bananas! Totally my fave fruit now! I love this breakfast but the combination of raw oats and dairy does funny things to my tummy. Boo! TMI?
S: 25g cashews (150) and 200g grapes (120). Total: 270
S: Forest fruit fortijuice (300) and chocolate forticreme (200). Total: 500
REPULSIVE! Gag. I hate these things!
L: Wholemeal wrap (162) with half can tuna (65), 50g bell pepper (13), 50g cucumber (5), 5g mixed herb seeds (25) and 50g extra light Philly (55). 50g prunes (75) and 100g apple (50). Total: 450
Totally stuffed after this but NOM NOM! It's so nice to be able to enjoy food again! People in the UK must buy these: http://www.thefooddoctor.com/Mixed-Herb-Seeds -300g-Tub-PHERBSEED. They make the wrap!
S: 100g carrot sticks (35), 100g mushrooms (15), 3 multigrain crackers (75) and 50g RF hummus to dip (75). Total: 200
Revision snack plate!
D: Dusted haddock fillet (205), 40g bulgar wheat (145), 100g brocolli (35) and 100g cauliflower (35). Small peach (30). Total: 450
S: Wholemeal toast (100), 10g peanut butter (65) and 15g strawberry conserves (35). 250ml soya milk (80). Total: 280
Woooo! This was my biggest challenge to date! My PM snack is usually a bowl of cereal but what I really wanted was peanut butter and jam on toast, so I had it! It's something I always adored as a child but have avoided for so long. The toast was thick and burnt... the peanut butter was chunky, melty and all natural... the jam was sweetened with grape juice... perfect. This will be making a regular occurance!
Altogether now... 2500! Yay! Does this look balanced enough to everyone? Besides the obvious, suggestions for improvement?
I'm trying to get my calories up to 2500 so I can post later
agruskin: Well I dont know if I'm almost at a BMI of 20, but whatever the goal weight is that my doctor set. And the reason why I didnt have regular chips is because I had had TONS already, so I didnt really want more. And you say you dont know much about me, what would you like me to tell you?
Hey carrotface, you may have had fat free dairy, tonnes of veggies and lower calorie options before your ED but you're in recovery now and you're not at a healthy weight like you may have been then. Things aren't the same! You can go back to what you did before when you have gained the weight though but for now you have to realise that if you want to recover, you need to have different things to repair your starved body for a short period of time. I know it's easier said than done when those kind of things you've always had but it's only until you are healthy again. Sure you may have got to 2500 calories with the sort of foods you're having but there's a difference between getting to 2500 on diet foods and getting to it with really nutrient dense foods. You could stuff your face with veg and fruit all day and get to 2500 but you won't gain on it will you? There's more to it than just a number. You have to get the right amount of protein, carbs and fats to gain.
The Fage 0% is such an easy change, you seriously won't know the difference between this and a 10% fat one. And just out of interest, why only 140g when they come in 150/170g pots? Having that bit extra to make it a little over 350 calories seriously won't make a difference..
The philly is the same..and you obviously make an effort to get the extra light one when most of them are normal! You won't taste the difference with getting a normal one either. I know it's habit, but you have to seriously think about how much your body needs this right now. People on a diet eat these kind of foods!
For lunch, you will feel stuffed but you're stuffed with healthy foods..and why bother counting the calories in pepper and cucumber?! There's nothing to them! As for the mixed herb seeds, if you love them so much why only 5g? A serving is 25g..and instead of having the prunes and apple, why not swap it for a smoothie made with milk?
Your dinner has very little fat in. I'd stop stuffing yourself with veg and fruit here and counting the exact calories in them! Yes, you still need fruit and veg but they need to go along with some nutrient dense foods or cooked in oil which is easy to add. Instead of a peach, have a proper dessert, even if it's just a mini roll or a muller corner it's something extra that will help.
If you start adding more fat and nutrient dense foods you might find that you won't need a forest fruit or chocolate forticreme which would be good since you hate them right?
On a positive note, your snacks do look a lot better for you than your meals do so keep up the good work on those :)
I think overall you need to take responsibility for your recovery. You know that having a lot of fat free dairy, fruit and veg and lower calorie options are not good for you right now, so it's time to actually do something about that yourself rather than have everyone tell you that you need to change this because you already know.
planB-hi, no owrries, its cool, u dont have to say much, i just thik its importan t try and be "normal" during rcovery, and then some when it comes to eating so that once youve gained you dont freak at being a healthy weight and on how to act, ya know?
a bmi of AT LEAST 20is reccommended, that is still thin and healthy. im looking awesome at a bmi of 21ish after going through this hll, after all is said and done, its better to have the energy t live life rther than be a certain number on a scale, no one cares about tht!